Slip, Trips, & Falls
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls account for 30,208 fatalities a year, at a rate of 9.6 deaths per 100,000 population. Falls are the 4th leading cause of death in the nation. Although slip, trip, and fall accidents can result from hazards in the home, medications affecting balance, such as antidepressants, and various health conditions, many serious falls are caused by hazardous conditions on someone else’s property.
Florida property owners are required to exercise reasonable care in the upkeep of their property, and to warn visitors of any hazards. When they fail to do so and serious injuries result from slipping or tripping hazards, property owners may be held liable in slip, trip, and fall premises liability lawsuits.
Our Jacksonville premises liability lawyers at Farah & Farah have been successfully representing injured accident victims since 1979. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources to go head to head with giant insurance companies and aggressively pursue full compensation for all damages.
We have a history of success recovering substantial recoveries and verdicts for our clients in a range of personal injury matters, including:
- $750,000 recovery for a slip and fall in a puddle of water in a large retail supercenter
- $198,000 verdict for a woman who suffered a broken ankle from a slip and fall accident caused by a leaky faucet in a break room
- $130,000 recovery for a man who broke his arm in a fall when his pants leg caught on a broken concrete parking stop at a fast food chain
Facts about Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
CDC provides important public information about falls, including the following facts:
- One out of every five falls results in serious injury, such as head injury or fractured bones
- More than 700,000 people every year are hospitalized because of fall injuries, most frequently hip fractures or head injuries.
- Falls are the most frequent cause of traumatic brain injury.
- Direct medical costs for fall injuries amount to $34 billion annually
- Over 95% of all hip fractures are caused by falls
- 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries every year
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) reports that:
- Falls are the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits (21.3%), accounting for 8 million visits a year.
- Slip and fall accidents account for more than one million emergency room visits per year (12% of total falls).
- 5% of all people who fall suffer fractures – the most serious consequence of fall accidents.
- Slip and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims in the nation.
- Flooring and floor materials are a major contributing factor in more than 2 million fall accidents every year.
- Falls from an elevation account for approximately 10% of all occupational fatalities and approximately 40% of compensable fall injuries.
- Falls on the same level account for approximately 60% of all compensable fall injuries.
- Employee slip and fall accidents cost approximately $70 billion a year in compensation and medical expenses.
Do You Need a Trip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Jacksonville?
If you have been seriously hurt in a slip or trip and fall accident on someone else’s property, the best thing to do is to speak with a knowledgeable Jacksonville slip, trip, and fall accident attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers have provided outstanding representation to injured people in personal injury matters for more than 35 years, and have an impressive track record of success.
At Farah & Farah, we work on a contingency fee basis, and you pay us no legal fees until we settle or win your case. We offer a free case evaluation with no obligation. Contact us today so we can review and evaluate the facts in your case, and advise you of your best course of action. Talk to a law firm you can trust to fight for your right to fair compensation. Call 877-245-6707 now to discuss your legal options.
Slip and Fall FAQs
Slip and fall cases tend to garner a lot of attention in the media, and with good reason. A great number of injuries occur in this manner in the homes, restaurants, stores and public spaces of this country each year. Here in Jacksonville, many thousands of people are injured in falls annually, and litigation is the common result when those injuries prove expensive and intrusive. Because such cases are so common, clients often come to us with questions, including:
Q: What is a slip and fall?
A: A slip and fall is defined exactly as it sounds: a falling injury that occurred on the premises of another party. Falls such as these can be minor or quite serious depending on the circumstances, with extreme examples resulting in back and neck injuries, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and paralysis. Typically they are caused by an unseen obstruction or obstacle of some kind, including:
- Spilled liquid
- Unmarked holes
- Broken stairs
- Uneven ground
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Q: Who is liable for my injuries?
A: This is the key question, as slip and fall cases tend to turn on the question of fault. Florida law gets a bit more complex at this point as it designates different types of visitors who may be involved in such an accident. Business licensees are people invited to do business, such as customers in a store or restaurant. Invitees are social guests and visitors. For each of these categories, the property owner is required to exercise reasonable care in the property’s upkeep, or to warn visitors if there is a hazard. Failure to do either one of these things can result in an injury and leave the property owner liable for a Jacksonville slip and fall lawsuit.
Trespassers, on the other hand, generally shoulder more of the liability if they are injured on someone else’s property. This only stands to reason, of course, as no one would expect a property owner to prepare for visitors he never knew were coming. A notable exception to this rule is children: if the property is known to attract young visitors unannounced, the owner must exercise some care to keep the place as safe as possible.
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Q: What is comparative fault?
A: All of these definitions feed into the question of comparative fault. Florida law is clear that not every slip and fall case has just one liable party – many people have rightly argued that the fault can be shared between the owner and the visitor. For instance, stairs that do not have a handrail may be considered hazardous to older people, but one could reasonably argue that such visitors shouldn’t take the stairs at all if they cannot safely traverse them. Comparative fault assigns a percentage to each party for the damages based on relative responsibility – 90/10, 75/25, etc.
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Q: What kind of damages can I be compensated for?
A: A negligent property owner may be held liable for any losses the victim incurs resulting from an accident. These damages can include:
- Property loss or damage
- Lost wages
- Resulting medical bills (including ambulance and emergency room fees)
- Future medical bills resulting from the injury (including surgeries, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your injuries (such as wheelchair lifts and ramps)
- Permanent injury or disability
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Punitive damages
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Q: Can I sue for wrongful death in a premises liability case?
A: Absolutely! A negligent property owner is every bit as liable for a fatal accident as a drunk driver or the manufacturer of a defective product.
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Q: What kind of wrongful death damages can I claim?
A: If you have lost a loved one in a premises liability accident, you and your family can claim compensation for the following damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement)
- Mental anguish
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, chores, property maintenance, etc.)
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Q: How long do I have to file a slip and fall claim?
A: The statute of limitations in a slip and fall case depends on the particular claim and the location. In Florida, you generally have four years from the date of injury or death to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If, however, you are suing a government entity (police department, prison, etc.), you only have three years to file a claim. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim in Georgia is two years.
The time to act is now!
Premises liability lawsuits can sometimes be drawn out affairs. To get the settlement you deserve, you need to be represented by a Jacksonville slip, trip and fall attorney. Farah & Farah has successfully represented many Florida and Georgia accident victims and their families.
To get your claim started, call our offices today at 877-245-6707 for a free consultation.
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At Farah & Farah, our team of slip and fall lawyers can help you get the financial support you need to get your life back on track. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Florida or Georgia, we can help you:
- Find a doctor to treat your injuries and produce a complete medical assessment
- Investigate the accident, including an on-site assessment of the conditions contributing to your injuries and interviewing witnesses
- Negotiate your medical bills, so you take home more money following a settlement or verdict
- Determine whether you’re able to seek compensation for lost wages in addition to medical bills
- Complete all paperwork from hospitals and insurance companies, so you know that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed
- Fight for the maximum compensation possible, so you don’t have to worry about financial hardship
WHY IS IT BENEFICIAL To Hire A Slip and Fall Accident Attorney?
One out of every five falls results in serious injury according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which can lead to financial challenges as you take the time you need to heal. You’re entitled to ask the party responsible for your slip and fall accident to compensate you for your personal injury, but you don’t have to do it alone.
With our extensive background in slip and fall accident lawsuits, the team at Farah & Farah can guide you through the legal process toward the best possible outcome for your case. Whether you’ve slipped on a wet spot, tripped over trash or debris, caught your foot on damaged flooring, or suffered an injury from improperly maintained equipment, you may not responsible for the financial expense of healing.
The experienced team at Farah & Farah has the right resources to take your lawsuit to trial and fight for the compensation you deserve. Partnering with a dedicated attorney, well-versed in slip and fall accidents, can lead to a higher rate of success in the courtroom and a larger settlement because of the tools they have to fight for your rights.