If you’ve been injured on a Florida property, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Under a rule known as “premises liability,” building owners, owners, and a variety of other parties can all potentially be held responsible for injuries sustained in slips, falls, and other accidents. In this article, I cover five key considerations for protecting your legal rights after a premises-related accident.
1. What Evidence Is Available?
Whether you slipped on a wet floor, fell on an unsafe set of stairs, were attacked in a with inadequate security, or suffered injuries due to any other type of issue, you will want to collect as much evidence as possible. This includes photos you took at the scene, your damaged clothing and personal items, photos of your injuries, your medical test results and invoices, explanations of benefits, and anything else that helps demonstrate the cause and extent of your injuries. Try to write down everything you remember and what happened. No detail is too small. Did the building have a security camera? If so, I may be able to secure the footage to help your case as well.
2. Were There Any Witnesses?
If your injury occurred in a retail or commercial building, there is a good possibility that someone either saw what happened or witnessed you struggling after you suffered your injury. If there were any witnesses, these individuals could provide key testimony to help prove your claim for compensation.
3. What Injuries Have You Suffered?
The only way to know the full extent of your injuries is to obtain a thorough medical diagnosis. Slips, falls, and similar accidents often result in spine and head injuries that do not present immediate symptoms. As a result, if you haven’t already, you should seek medical attention right away. Once you know the extent of your injuries, then you can begin to calculate the full extent of your financial and non-financial losses.
4. Who Is Responsible?
Determining who is responsible for injuries suffered on property requires a careful investigation and thorough legal assessment. Both of these require the involvement of an experienced personal injury lawyer who is knowledgeable premises liability claims.As an injury victim, the key thing for you to understand here is that you should never assume that you are responsible for your own injuries. Fault is a complex legal concept, and even if you were partially at fault, under law you could still be entitled to compensation.
5. Who Will You Choose to Help You File a Claim?
Businesses often have teams of lawyers on retainer who fight to protect them against premises liability claims. To level the playing field, you need an attorney who knows how to help you Demand More, and who is willing to go to trial to win the compensation his clients deserve. I and the rest of my team at Brian D. Guralnick, Injury Lawyers have decades of experience representing injury victims in Florida. If you have suffered an injury on property, you can trust us to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Slip and Fall Victims deserve to Demand More®
I have been helping injured victims and their families in Palm Beach County since 1993. Working with my board-certified civil trial team, I have the experience and resources necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve. Too often, accident attorneys accept low-ball settlement offers that cover only part of what it actually will cost to reimburse a victim for their medical bills (past and future), lost income, and other expenses resulting from an accident that wasn’t their fault. At our firm, Demand More® means holding negligent owners (and their insurance companies) responsible for their actions or inaction. To find out if you have a claim, call me personally today for a free consultation. If so, we will do everything within our power to help you get back on your feet and on with your life. Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.