Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer in Florida
In Florida, Following these 5 Slip and Fall Prevention Tips Could Just Save Your Injury Case
Over the past 32 years, I have seen how the value of a slip and fall personal injury case can be significantly reduced by the injured party’s comparative negligence. Comparative negligence is a legal term that in Florida, results in a reduction of any recovery you may be entitled to based on your own negligent actions that contributed to the fall or to the severity of the injuries you sustained.
An example of this would be that the full value of an injury claim for someone who fractured an arm from slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket may be $50,000.00. (as an example only) If you failed to follow the basic fall prevention tips below, a judge or jury could say you were a certain percentage at fault for contributing to your own injury. If that percentage is 50%, by example, your $50,000.00 recovery would be reduced after the trial down by 50% to $25,000.00.
If you have complied with the five slip and fall prevention tips outlined in this article, you would likely avoid any reductions in the full value of your injury claim, should you be forced to present such a claim to a judge or jury due to an injury on someone else’s property that was caused by their failure to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition, failure to warn you of the condition, and/or failure to timely remedy the condition.
1. Be sure to wear properly fitting shoes that have good grip and tread. If not, your footwear could contribute to causing your fall. As a result, even if the property had a puddle of dirty water that had been sitting there for many minutes, allowing the property owner adequate time to see it, put up wet floor signs and then clean it up, your claim could still be significantly reduced if your failure to wear the proper shoes caused you to slip. Wearing crocks or “flip flops” or other type shoes are a real problem in these types of cases.
2. Make sure to have up to date vision screenings, and wear glasses and contacts if needed. If you fail to do so, the defendant in a slip and fall case could argue that your poor vision caused or contributed to you not observing a condition that others were able to see and avoid.
3. Listen to your surroundings as your hearing can help you predict a future event, or hear a warning. Having up to date hearing screenings are also helpful and will prevent the defendant in your slip and fall case from arguing that your poor hearing prevented you from hearing an adequate warning regarding the condition that caused your fall.
4. Be aware of and mindful of your surroundings and always be on the lookout for unexpected changes in your daily routine. This awareness of your surroundings might cause you to notice a hole in the ground, an uneven sidewalk, a foreign substance on the flooring surface in a food store or other such hazards that might cause a slip and fall incident or a trip and fall incident.
5. Be more cautious during rainy weather. The slower you go the less likely you will slip and fall. If you do, your method of and speed of walking will be analyzed. Don’t forget that a reasonably prudent person will walk slower during rainy weather.
In conclusion, remembering the fall prevention tips above will not only keep you safe but if they don’t, following them could save you thousands of dollars in terms of the value of your injury claim, in the event you do fall and get hurt on someone else’s property. If you or a loved one has such a claim pending and would like my case evaluation at no charge, call me at 877 Gluck-Law 24 hours a day.
See below our 5 General Slip and Fall Prevention Tips: