What to Do after a Slip and Fall Accident on Public Property
You have a right to expect a level of safety while in a store, restaurant or any public place. In fact, if you sustain injuries after slipping on an unmarked wet store floor, trip on loose carpeting, or even fall in a parking lot pothole, you typically have the right to seek damages for your injuries.
However, Florida law imposes strict requirements that can hamper your ability to substantiate your claim. Premises liability law requires you to prove the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have acted to remedy it. If you suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident, you need to take the following steps to protect your right to pursue compensation:
- Avoid discussing the accident. Undoubtedly, an employee or someone representing the business will approach and ask what happened. While you may need to ask them to call an ambulance, make no statements about the accident itself — or your injuries.
- Obtain evidence: Assuming your injuries allow it, taking photos of the accident scene can help provide evidence that helps determine the causes of your accident.
- Do not complete or sign accident forms: The facility has the right to know your name and contact information, but you are under no obligation to put anything else in writing.
- Seek medical attention: Immediately after an accident, you may believe you suffer nothing more than a few bruises or a minor headache or back pain. However, minor symptoms may be the first signs of more serious injuries. You need to see a doctor and retain all medical invoices and documents to help substantiate your case.
It almost goes without saying that you need to seek legal support to protect your rights to compensation after a slip and fall accident. As soon as possible, schedule a free initial consultation with a Florida premises liability lawyer who has specific experience within this complex area of personal injury law.