You don’t have to be a slip and fall attorney to protect yourself from an accident.
Let’s say you’re out shopping for school supplies with your kids, as so many parents are about to do this month. You’ve got all the pencils and notebooks and folders and glue that you need—enough, it seems to last a lifetime—and you start to walk toward check-out when suddenly you find yourself looking up into the store’s fluorescent lights. You wonder how you got there when you notice that you’re lying in water, probably a roof leak.
Laughing at yourself, to calm your kids down if nothing else, you stand. Nothing broken, you think. You look around for a manager to tell them that they need to clean up the spill before someone gets hurt. Then, when you try to wave someone down, you feel it.
Your shoulder doesn’t feel right.
Situations like this happen more often than you might think. Here’s what you need to know in case it happens to you.
What Can I Recover for My Injuries?
If you are hurt in an accident on someone else’s property, you can recover compensation for a variety of things, including:
- Medical bills
- Permanent disability
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
When you sustain an injury, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything besides getting better. Unfortunately, the courts won’t automatically award you the money you need, but with the help of a highly skilled slip and fall attorney to fight for your rights, you can get the compensation you deserve.
You Don’t Have to Slip to Get Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident
Another thing to understand about slip and fall accidents is that, despite the name, you don’t actually have to slip and fall to be eligible for compensation. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you should seek advice from an attorney to see what your options are. Many different circumstances can leave you injured due to negligence, including:
- Injury from falling objects
- Tripping over loose carpeting
- Tripping because of uneven flooring
- Injury from hazardous materials
- General unsafe conditions
Under Florida law, business owners are required to provide their customers with reasonably safe conditions, which means that any unsafe conditions that the owner knows about (or should reasonably know about) can be cause for a lawsuit.
Don’t Wait to Pursue Your Claim
In Florida, the statute of limitations for slip and fall cases is four years from the date of the incident that led to your injuries. If you wait to file a lawsuit against the property owner after the statute of limitations expires, the judge will probably dismiss your case. In some situations, exceptions may apply (talk to your attorney to learn about these exceptions), but it’s better not to wait until it’s too late.
Get Help from a Slip and Fall Attorney
If you are hurt in an accident on someone else’s property, don’t wait to seek the help of a professional. Get in touch with a slip and fall attorney at Pacin Levine Attorneys at Law today so that we can help you pursue the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.