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Slip and Fall Accidents—-What You Need to Know

Were you injured in a Slip and Fall (or trip and fall) Accident?

According to the National Floor Safety institute, slip and fall accidents account for 12% of the falls admitted to emergency rooms nationwide.

A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere at any time, and the resulting injuries may require extensive medical care.

If you were injured by a property or business owner’s negligence and want to find out if you can get compensation for your injuries and suffering, we are here to help. At Legler, Murphy & Battaglia, LLP, we are experienced slip and fall attorneys, and we will work with you to determine the value of your claim against the responsible party.

Some of the most common and costly slip and fall accidents injuries are:

  • Hip fractures
  • Spinal cord and neck injuries
  • Head injury or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Broken bones and sprains
  • Shoulder injuries

What causes most slip and fall injuries?

  • Wet / slippery floors in public places
  • Flooring materials not maintained (such as entrance mats)
  • Improper lighting
  • Escalator and elevator accidents
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Uneven pavement
  • Sand on floors (common among coastal businesses)
  • Trash or merchandise debris in walkways

Here are some common questions we get about slip and fall accidents:

How do I know if I can make a claim for my injuries?

If your fall was caused by any of the above conditions, a property owner’s negligence could be responsible for your injuries. This means you may be entitled to compensation for financial loss, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

What is the value of my slip and fall case?

Before we determine how much compensation you may receive, we will gather as much information from you as possible. Helpful items to provide to us are: medical treatment records from the accident, photos of the scene where the accident happened, any communication between you and the property owner or manager, witness statements, photos of your injuries, and any information you feel could help your case.

Most slip and fall cases vary according to the extent of the injury, and the amount of financial and personal loss relating to the slip and fall accident. Also, accurate and timely records are important.

What is the time limit for filing a slip and fall injury in Sarasota, Florida?

You have four years from the date of your accident according to Florida’s statute of limitations. Still—-it’s important to act quickly in seeking legal help, representation, and answers to your questions in order to win a Slip and Fall injury case.

If you, or someone you love was hurt in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, schedule a free consultation with an experienced Sarasota / Bradenton personal injury attorney. At Legler Murphy & Battaglia, LLP, we specialize in slip and fall accidents. We work hard to get you justice and recovery from your injuries, so you don’t have to go it alone.

Call one of our Florida offices: Bradenton at 941-748-5599 or Sarasota at 941-366-3782. You can also contact us online.

If you are injured or recovering, let us come to your home, the hospital or another convenient location. We can also arrange transportation for you at no cost. There are no fees or costs until we win your case.