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On July 1, 2012, the Florida law that addresses slip and fall accidents changed, making it more difficult for victims to recover compensation for their injuries. As a result, it is even more essential than ever that victims consult with an experienced Ocala slip and fall lawyer for guidance following an injury. Victims need the help of a skilled professional familiar with bringing claims against businesses under this new law.
How can the changes to the Florida slip and fall law negatively impact victims? The following is an overview:
- Cases are more difficult to prove. Rather than just proving that an accident has taken place, you must prove that the defendant knew of the conditions that resulted in the Ocala slip and fall accident.
- If you cannot prove that the defendant knew of the conditions that caused your slip and fall, you can alternatively try to show that the defendant should have expected such an accident because of recurring conditions that the defendant could have taken steps to remedy. Again, this is more difficult than merely proving an accident occurred.
- Since it is more difficult to prove a Florida slip and fall claim, defendants may be less likely to settle quickly.
- Victims are not of the mindset that they need to be gathering the required evidence at the time of their accident. Instead, they are focused on obtaining medical treatment.
- Making slip and fall accidents more difficult to prove and claims more difficult to win or settle does not reduce the number of preventable injuries that occur. Victims therefore still face medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering associated with slip and fall accidents.
Since Florida’s slip and fall law can make it more difficult for victims to receive compensation for their injuries, it is vital that you contact an experienced Ocala slip and fall attorney today. Call Jeffrey Meldon & Associates today for a free consultation at our toll free number, (800) 373-8000.