Slip and fall accidents are consistently among the most common causes of accidental injury in the United States, reportedly1 sending some 8.9 million people to emergency departments around the country each year. Fortunately for victims, when slip and fall accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence, they can often recover for their losses by filing a personal injury claim.2
Whether or not negligence occurred in a particular situation is very fact dependent – for example, if debris in a walkway caused your slip and fall, the length of time the debris was there and the potential hazard caused by the debris are critical to the determination of whether a property owner or tenant was negligent. For this reason, you should always have your case reviewed by a lawyer, even if you think that the accident was your fault.
Some of the more common kinds of slip and fall hazards that are often the result of negligence include the following:
|· Inadequate lighting
· Slippery floors
· Liquid spills
· Stairs without handrails
· Torn carpet
|· Debris in aisles or walkways
· Exposed electrical wiring
· Cracked pavement
· Uneven stairs
· Unmarked work zones
What Kinds of Damages can I Recover in a Slip and Fall Case?
If you are hurt in a slip and fall accident, you may be wondering what your case is worth. Because each case is different, it is impossible to make a statement about the amount of compensation that a “typical” slip and fall victim can recover. Some of the damages that are often successfully claimed in slip and fall cases include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of quality of life
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
As this list illustrates, the amount of compensation that you ultimately recover will depend on factors like the nature and severity of your injuries and the length of time you are out of work. When you meet with an Gainesville personal injury attorney, he or she will review your case and give you an idea of how much you can expect to recover.
Call a Gainesville Slip and Fall Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident in or around Gainesville, you should contact Meldon Law immediately. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case at no cost to you and determine whether you have a legal claim. To schedule a free case evaluation with a Gainesville, Florida slip and fall attorney, call our office today at 352-373-8000 or send us an email through our online contact form.
703 North Main Street Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32601