Perhaps you went out for dinner at a Gainesville area restaurant and slipped and fell in the bathroom and broke your ankle. Or maybe you had dinner at an acquaintance’s house and got food poisoning from some seriously undercooked barbecue. In any case, you want more information about Florida premises liability law to see how and whether you can hold a property owner liable for damages to you – be they medical bills and rehab costs, time off work, or other costs. This essay, which has been provided by Gainesville personal injury lawyers, can hopefully answer questions you have about premises liability law and get you thinking in a more strategic direction about your case.
What Should You Do Immediately After Your "Slip and Fall" Accident?
- Seek medical attention and remove yourself from further harm. This first point should probably go without saying, but you might be surprised. Whether due to etiquette concerns or due to the fact that accident victims often go numb to their injuries due to shock, many people don’t get good help quickly. This can lead to the exacerbation of slip and fall injuries.
- Report the accident to the property owner or to a proxy.
- Identify precisely what happened. If you slipped and fell on a restaurant floor, identify the source of the water or oil. For instance, perhaps it came from a leaking pipe or a pan that spilled over. If you can, take a picture of the evidence with your cell phone camera or with another camera – or deputize someone to take a picture of it.
- Collect as much evidence as you can. Get names, contact info, and statements from witnesses – especially statements that admit fault, such as: "I knew someone was going to trip on that."
Different Duties of Care Owed to Different Visitor
Florida law requires that property owners provide safe environments for guests. An owner’s "duty of care" to a visitor depends on the guest’s status. An invitee is afforded the highest duty of care. This is someone like a patron at a bookstore. A licensee is afforded a high duty of care but just not as much as an invitee. This is someone like a guest at a dinner party. A trespasser is someone who is on a property illicitly. But even trespassers are owed some duty of care.
Gainesville Premises Liability Lawyers Building Your Case in a Strategic Fashion
The actions you take during the days and weeks following your slip and fall accident can determine how and whether you can hold the responsible parties accountable financially and otherwise for what happened to you. The Gainesville premises liability attorneys at Farah & Farah – a highly credentialed and well-respected Jacksonville firm – can work with you to build a strategically airtight case.
Get answers to your slip and fall questions now by calling (352) 505-8093.