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How can I tell if I have a valid slip and fall case?

 

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Injuries suffered in a slip and fall accident may seem like a gray area. How do you know if the injuries you sustained and the wages you lost as a result of your slip and fall can be covered by the property owner? Finding out if you have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit in Sarasota may be easier than you think. Just ask yourself the following questions:

  • Were you injured? Seek medical treatment immediately following a slip and fall accident and let the doctor know that you just fell.
  • Were you on the premises legally or illegally? If you were visiting the premises legally, then the business has a duty to provide safe conditions.
  • Did a dangerous condition at a store cause your slip and fall? Proving this is key, which is why you need photographs of the accident scene and statements from witnesses to establish that there was a hazardous condition.
  • Did the property owner cause the hazard? This may be difficult for you to determine on your own, but through the investigation you may be able to show that the hazard was the fault of the owner or that the owner should have known about the dangerous condition.
  • Did the business have a reasonable amount of time to fix the hazardous condition? For example, maybe someone else reported the hazard to an employee and nothing was done to repair or remove the hazard before you slipped on the dangerous condition.
  • Did you suffer any damages? If you incurred medical bills and lost income as a result of your injuries, you need to be able to show this. Keep all of your medical invoices and information that can help show all of your losses.

To help prove negligence and collect compensation in a slip and fall accident in Florida, call the accident attorneys at the Mallard Law Firm for a free initial consultation at 888-409-3805.