Serving Slip and Fall Injury Victims in Boca Raton, FL
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common personal injury accidents in the U.S. They can happen anywhere, at any time, and to any person. The results of a personal injury accident may be mild to severe, and you might suffer a number of injuries like broken bones or concussions. In extreme scenarios, even death is possible.
No matter how serious your injuries might be after a slip and fall accident, victims of slip and fall injuries are often met with skepticism and may be considered responsible due to Florida’s “pure comparative negligence” law. Under pure comparative negligence, if a plaintiff is partially at fault for his or her injuries, the percentage of what he or she can recover reduces in proportion to how much he or she was at fault.
If you have a slip and fall accident in Boca Raton, it’s crucial to team up with a competent attorney. At Baker Law, our team has handled dozens of slip and fall incidents in Boca Raton and has held many negligent property owners liable for the damage they have caused. Find out how we can be of service at this challenging time.
Slip and Fall Injury Statistics
Florida statistics on slip and fall cases are grim. Slip and fall accidents hurt and kill hundreds of people each year. Senior citizens 65 and older are particularly at risk for suffering catastrophic injuries and death from a fall.
The Florida Department of Health provides the following information regarding slip and fall incidents:
- Unintentional falls are the top cause of injury-related death for senior citizens in Florida
- Accidental falls are the 4th leading case of injury-related death for Florida residents
- In 2012, 2,475 Floridians died because of an unintentional fall, while 62,541 wound up in a hospital
Many slip and fall accidents also take place on-the-job. Approximately 21% of fatal occupational injuries sustained in Florida in 2016 were slip and fall accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Types of Slip and Fall Cases
Tripping and slipping happen to all of us on a regular basis. However, falls that result in serious injury often happen because of dangerous conditions, which are often the fault of careless or negligent property owners. Some of the most common causes of slip and falls are:
- Slippery/wet pavement or floors
- Cracked or raised sidewalks
- Uneven flooring
- Sudden changes in elevation
- Changes in flooring surfaces
- Broken railings
- Insufficient lighting
- Abrupt edges on driveways or sidewalks
- Unsecured carpeting
- Machine cords stretched across walking paths
These conditions occur most frequently in restaurants, shopping centers, and in public areas like pavements and sidewalks; but, they can also exist in residential buildings and people’s homes. When you have a slip and fall case, trust an attorney with Baker Law to evaluate the value of your claim and protect your rights while pursuing fair compensation.
Identifying Liable Parties in a Boca Raton Slip and Fall Case
Because of the pure comparative negligence rule, both parties involved in a slip and fall case may be held liable. Florida courts must decide what percentage of liability belongs to the plaintiff. Then, they must determine the percentage of liability belonging to the defendant. There may be several ways the defendant, or at-fault party, may attempt to reduce the value of the claim, including:
- The victim was not permitted in the area where he or she fell
- The victim should have used more caution
- The owner took reasonable measures to protect victims from the fall hazard, including putting up warning signs
- The victim was wearing inappropriate footwear
If the court finds that you’re responsible for a percentage of negligence in the incident, it will reduce the value of your settlement by that percentage.
Florida Statute 768.0755 regarding premises liability must also be taken into consideration in these types of cases. The law states that if a person slips on a “foreign substance” at a business, the victim must prove that the business knew about the hazard before the accident took place, and failed to take steps to make the area safe. If you can’t prove this, you may not have grounds for a case.
When it comes to slip and fall cases, they can become complex simply because you might be dealing with private business owners, the City of Boca Raton, and other entities looking to reduce the value of your claim. This is just one reason why working with a Boca Raton slip and fall lawyer may be a significant bonus.
Speak With a Boca Raton Slip and Fall Attorney at Baker Legal Team
Rob B. Baker is a Florida Board-Certified civil trial lawyer who has recovered millions of dollars for injured clients in and near Boca Raton. If you’re one of the hundreds of Floridians who suffer from a slip and fall accident each year, you deserve personal attention and quality representation to protect your rights.
After a slip and fall accident, it may be possible to recover compensation for the following losses: medical expenses, lost wages, reduced or lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Talk to a lawyer about your unique case for an accurate evaluation of your claim’s value. At Baker Law, we provide free consultations, so there is no risk! Call (561) 320-0000 or complete our contact form.