It can be embarrassing to fall when you’re at someone’s house or shopping in a store, but it can be downright frustrating when that fall leaves you injured, especially if it’s not your fault. Many times, when people are injured in a slip and fall accident, it is to no fault of their own. Our job is to protect your right to full and fair compensation. Whoever is liable for your slip and fall will be held accountable for your injuries. Once you read more about your slip and fall case, please do not hesitate to call the Jacksonville slip and fall lawyers at Edwards & Ragatz to get a free consultation.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
You can slip and fall just about anywhere. While you may not have a case if you trip over your own mess in your house, you might have a claim if you trip over the broken sidewalk on your street. You might have gone to the grocery store and slipped in a puddle of something on the floor. You could have been in someone’s backyard and fell on their patio stairs. All of these scenarios typically warrant a slip and fall case.
When you slip and fall, your damages will be compensated. Sometimes that means more than your injuries. If, when you fell, your phone was broken, you may be able to be compensated for that. Most of the time, you will be seeking compensation for your injuries. The most common slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Contusions and concussions
- Slipped discs
- Spinal cord injury
- Knee injuries
- Neck or back injuries
Fortunately, some people are able to make a full recovery after their accident. Perhaps you will require physical therapy or be suggested to get regular massages or chiropractic care. There are some unfortunate cases where they will only be able to recover partially from their injuries. It might require surgery to get them back on their feet and even then, it could only be a partial recovery. All of these factors go into how much you will be compensated.
Florida Statutes of Limitation
In Florida, when you are hurt in a slip and fall, you will have exactly four years from the date of the accident to file a case in civil court. In that time, you should not be waiting to get the ball rolling on your case. Four years is a long time, but it is unwise to wait because when you are hurt, there is evidence that needs collecting, and there are witnesses who need to be tracked down and spoken to. These things cannot be done years later. The store you slipped in is going to clean up the spill after some time, and anyone who saw it will eventually forget the fine details. That is why we encourage people to hire an attorney as soon as possible.
How Compensation Works
Florida pure comparative negligence law states that you can recover compensation even if you are deemed to be 99% at fault for the accident. The way pure comparative negligence works is, you are found to be at fault from a percentage of 0 to 100. If you are found to be 100% at fault for the accident, you will be barred from compensation. If you are found to be 0-99% at fault, you can collect an award, but it will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you are found to be 30% at fault for your slip and fall, and you have been awarded $10,000 for your injuries, then you will be able to collect $7,000 of that award. We make it our job to prevent the insurance company from putting any fault on you for the slip and fall.
Avoid Talking to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
The absolute worse thing you can do for your case is talk to the liable party’s insurance company. They will be reaching out to you very shortly after the slip and fall and they will ask to get a recorded statement from you. You are in no way legally obligated to give them any statement. You really should not say anything to them about the case if you want full and fair compensation. They will try to trick you into saying something that would reduce their responsibility for your injuries or allow them to throw out your case altogether.
Contact Our Jacksonville Slip and Fall Lawyers Today
If you have been seriously injured in slip and fall case, please do not hesitate to call our team of Jacksonville slip and fall lawyers to get a free consultation. We will do everything to protect your rights to get full and fair compensation. Your case is important to us and we want to make sure the insurance company of the liable party is held accountable. Contact our office today to learn more about your case.