What Should I Do if I Have a Slip & Fall Accident?

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The Trial Professionals P.A. has represented hundreds, if not thousands, of clients over the years who have suffered injuries as a result of tripping or slipping. Slip and fall accidents commonly occur as a result of a slippery foreign substance, such as food, oil, or water, being left on the floor of an establishment that is open to the public.

Our office has enjoyed significant success handling these slip and fall claims and hope to provide you with some important information. We have helped hundreds of people who’ve been injured, recovering millions of dollars over the years.

We are here for you. Call our Orlando slip and fall attorneys at (855) 375-9959 for proven specialists in injury law.

Important Slip & Fall Information

First, there is a misconception that if you fall and hurt yourself while on someone else’s property that property owner is automatically legally responsible for your injuries. This belief is simply not true. Businesses that hold themselves open to the public have a duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition. These businesses have an obligation to keep their property free of any dangerous conditions of which they are aware or should be aware. If a business cannot fix a dangerous condition, they have a duty to warn their customers about the dangerous condition.

Often times our office receives calls from a person who fell at their local supermarket, but he or she is unsure how or why they fell. A person does not have a valid claim against a business simply because they had a fall while on a business’ property.

Common Causes of Slip / Trips & Falls

Our office has handled all sorts of slip/trip and fall cases, and the list of dangerous conditions causing our clients to fall is varied and extensive.

Common examples of dangerous condition that have resulted in a fall include:

  • Spilled water
  • Oil
  • Cleaning supply residue
  • Pet urine
  • Food items
  • Cracked or broken tile flooring
  • Potholes
  • Dilapidated stairwells

In almost every case we handle, the defendant business owner claims to be unaware and had no notice of the dangerous condition prior to our client sustaining injuries. Even if the defendant was truly unaware of the dangerous condition, they may still be found liable if the defendant should have discovered the dangerous condition through regular inspection or cleaning.

Documenting the Scene of the Accident

Take a photograph of the area where you fell as soon as possible. Almost everyone uses cell phone cameras these days. These pictures may provide the only visual evidence of the substance that caused you too fall. Business owners will try to clean any spills or remedy a dangerous condition as soon as possible following an accident. These photos can be extremely helpful to you attorney and to your case.

If you’re able, try to take photographs of the dangerous condition that caused you to fall and get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. After taking a photo of the area where you fell, report the incident to a store employee. If possible, report the accident to the store manager and ask that they document the incident in some form of incident report.

Businesses Do Not Have to File Incident Reports for Slip & Falls

Florida law does not require a business to make this type of incident report. Nor does the law require a manager to provide you with a copy once a report is filed. Don’t worry, our experienced Florida slip and fall attorneys can deal with those issues. Attempt to get the names and positions of all the employees to whom you reported the incident. Try to obtain the names and numbers of any other witnesses who observed your accident as well.

Get Medical Treatment As Soon As Possible

If your injuries are severe and require emergency medical treatment, do not hesitate to call 911 or have someone take you to the hospital. If you don’t require emergency room treatment, however, you should contact a Florida slip and fall lawyer to discuss your case.

The Trial Professionals P.A. can review your case for free—if we determine that you have a valid claim, we can assist you in finding a doctor who will provide you the treatment you require without the need for payments out of your own pocket. The business where you fell and their insurance companies will not pay for your medical treatment as it accrues. If we accept your case we will ensure your medical bills are paid and you are fairly compensated for your injuries.

Start by calling our firm today at (855) 375-9959. We look forward to walking you through this time.

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