If you’ve been injured from a slip, trip, or fall due to a dangerous condition while you were in a store in Florida, you may be able to file a claim for compensation for your injury. To receive compensation for your slip-and-fall injuries, you’ll need to show that the owner of the store was negligent.
Florida law requires that a store owner must maintain the property and reduce the risk of injury to the store’s visitors. When a store is not maintained with customers’ safety in mind, the owner can be held accountable for any injury a person suffers while in the store.
What Do You Need to Prove in an Injury Claim?
If you have slipped, tripped, or fallen in a store and suffered serious injuries, your attorney will need to investigate the accident and prove that the business had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it.
Constructive knowledge may be proven by showing that:
- The dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that, in the exercise of ordinary care, the business establishment should have known of the condition; or
- The condition occurred with regularity and was therefore foreseeable.
To better understand Florida laws on slip and fall claims, you should seek qualified legal advice about the specifics of your case.
What to Do After You Fall in a Store
Below are six steps to take if you suffer from a slip-and-fall accident in a Florida store.
- Report the Accident to a Store Manager Find out who the store manager is and let him or her know that you fell and were injured. Ask the manager to file a formal report. While some stores have slip-and-fall policies and forms to complete, many do not. If they do, request a copy of the report after you fill it out. If the store does not have a form, get the store manager’s email or mail address and send a letter describing the accident, what caused it, and the date and time it happened. Also, describe your injuries.
- Take Pictures and Talk to Witnesses Make sure you take plenty of photos of the exact location where you fell in the store. (Or ask someone to take photos for you.) Take photos of anything that can help show how your fall occurred. Photos of hazards can prove invaluable when making an injury claim. Take pictures of the hazard that made you fall, such as a spill, a puddle, or torn carpet. Be sure to get photos from multiple angles and distances. Pictures of your injuries and any damage to your clothing and shoes are also important. In addition, get the names and contact information for anyone who witnessed your fall.
- Seek Medical Care Your health should be your number one priority following your fall in a store. If you’ve been injured, it’s important to see a physician so that your injuries can be properly treated and documented. Medical records will be essential pieces of evidence as you seek compensation for your injuries.
- Save Any Evidence Save copies of all the evidence mentioned above – photos, notes, accident reports, medical records. Save the clothing and shoes you wore during the accident. Personal items can help you prove your accident, especially if they were damaged as a result of your fall. It’s also advisable to maintain detailed notes of all your appointments, injuries, and pain following the accident.
- Document Your Memories of the Accident Write down exactly what you remember about the accident as soon as possible. An accurate, detailed account of what happened can be critical evidence in court. The facts you provide will also help your personal injury attorney decide how the lawsuit should be handled.
- Seek Legal Advice Your main concern following a serious fall in a store should be to quickly get a medical evaluation of your injuries. Once you have been seen by a doctor, contact an experienced Florida slip-and-fall attorney for advice on how to proceed with your claim for compensation.
Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney Now
At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our experienced premises liability attorneys are dedicated to helping injured people throughout Florida fight for the fair and full compensation they deserve. We have more than a century of combined legal experience helping accident victims in Gainesville, Alachua County, and throughout the Sunshine State.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious fall accident at a store, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling (352) 275-5974. One of our skilled premises liability attorneys will review the details of your case and discuss with you all your legal options.