Accidentally slipping and falling down is something that has happened to probably every single person on the planet at one time or another. Over 99% of the time, when someone falls it’s not too serious; you maybe get a small bruise on your body (and sometimes one to match on your ego). However, there are times when people are seriously injured due to a slip and fall accident that could have been prevented. In these cases, talking to a lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected as soon as possible is in your best interest.
Slip and fall law is one that is sometimes looked down on, or is commonly joked about in pop culture. However, anytime someone is seriously hurt, and it could have been prevented, that is no laughing matter. It’s normal to feel hesitant to pursue a claim against a business; after all, you were the one who fell. The thing that you need to understand is that anytime there is an accident, a legal process is going to follow. You may want to just go and seek medical attention for your injury, but then find your health insurance provider is denying the claim, because they believe someone else is at fault. The point is, all of the other entities involved (the store or public place, and their insurance company) will have a team of lawyers working hard to protect their interests, and it’s a good idea for you to have a lawyer to protect your interests as well.
Do Not make the mistake of thinking that you do not have a case. We offer a free initial consultation so that we can answer your questions and help you decide how to proceed. Call 407 995 6770 today.
Grocery stores, shopping malls, county courthouses and all other public buildings have a duty to their customers (paying and non-paying) to keep their environment safe. Walkways should be safe, well lit and kept clear of debris. When there is a spill, a business has a duty to clean it up. Walkways along grass or other landscaping should be kept clear of mud or other runoff.
The circumstances around how you fell will very likely be contested, so it’s important to take pictures (or if you are unable, have someone else take pictures) of the accident scene immediately. Newly waxed floors, incorrectly laid carpet, spills and splashes that don’t get cleaned up in a timely manner can all contribute to an accident, and being able to prove that they were there is key.
Before the law changed in 2010, someone who was injured at a place of business only needed to prove that an out of place item, spill or other piece of debris, basically just something that should not have been there, caused the accident. Now, the law puts the burden on the injured person to prove that the business knew, or at least should have known, about the substance and failed to clean it up. While this law certainly does put a higher standard of proof on the person who was injured, there is still reason to pursue your case. Contact me for a free consultation so I can answer your questions and help you understand your options.
If you have been injured, don’t just assume it was your fault. You may end up in the middle of a tough legal situation whether you like it or not. Take advantage of a free initial consultation with an experienced slip and fall lawyer in central Florida. At the Cerasa Law Firm, we are committed to helping you protect your rights and get what you deserve. Call 407 995 6770 or click here to contact us online today.
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