How Slip and Fall Claims Are Decided in Florida
You have up to 4 years from the date of a slip and fall accident to file a personal injury claim. Florida courts will generally not hear any claims pursued any later.
Florida operates under “pure comparative negligence” rules when adjudicating slip and fall incidents. This involves determining each party’s level of responsibility in contributing to the accident and assigning them a corresponding percentage of the blame.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining reasonably safe conditions for both public and private facilities. In order to be found liable for a slip and fall incident, a claim will generally need to demonstrate that the property owner should have known about the dangerous condition that led to the accident and taken reasonable steps to prevent the condition.
The property owner’s legal representation will likely argue that you share some responsibility for the incident. They may claim that you were in an area you were not supposed to be, that you were not paying attention to your surroundings, or that the hazardous condition was clearly marked and that you consequently failed to exercise reasonable care. Our Orlando slip and fall attorneys can review the facts of what happened and anticipate the arguments that the defendant’s counsel may pursue.
The percentage of blame you are assigned in a slip and fall case will decide the amount of damages that you can recover. If the maximum possible damages amount is set at $100,000, and you are determined to only be 30% at fault, that means you can collect up to 70% of the total.
What You Can Recover in a Florida Slip and Fall Claim
You are entitled to recover damages if a property owner’s negligence led to an avoidable slip and fall accident. You can potentially recover damages for any medical bills, lost income, physical and emotional suffering, and any permanent disabilities. You may also be able to recover damages for any property that was damaged as a result of the fall, such as your watch, phone, or contents of your handbag.
Our Orlando slip and fall lawyers at Angel Law Firm, PL can work to recover maximum damages. We have an extensive knowledge of Florida personal injury law and will do everything possible to get you the fair compensation that you need to recover.