Slip & Fall FAQs
Your health insurance company will cover your medical bills. However, if you settle a case out of court, most likely you’re going to have to payback your health insurance company for those medical bills that were paid out as a result of a property owner’s negligence.
If you can, you should immediately take photographs of what you slipped and fell on. You should also make sure that you receive medical care for any injuries you may have suffered and certainly go speak to an experienced attorney.
No. I don’t suggest that you give a statement. 1) Odds are your attorney will never be able to get that statement and 2) remember they’re not acting in your best interest but your attorney will be.
Absolutely. You want to take photographs, because you want to preserve the evidence. For example, if you slipped on some type of liquid that was on the floor, sooner or later somebody’s going to clean up that liquid. If you tripped and fell on a rack that was misplaced at a local store, that rack’s going to be moved, so you can’t rely upon that the store, or wherever you slipped and fell, has video. You want to preserve it with a photograph.
Most importantly, you should seek medical care for any injuries you’ve suffered, but I would also suggest taking any photographs of what you slipped, fell on or injured yourself on on that property in order to preserve that evidence.
No, an accident report isn’t required to be filled out at the time of the fall and I would suggest that you don’t because most times, your attorney will not be able to get a copy of that accident report, but if for some reason you do wish to fill out an accident report, make sure that you take a picture of it with your phone.
No, you don’t have to speak to the other party’s attorney in a slip and fall case. And I would suggest that you hire an experienced attorney to discuss this.
Yes. Florida law allows recovery if you are on somebody else’s property, that that property owner knew or should have known of the unsafe condition and that’s what caused your injury.
Yes, you can, but recent Florida law has made it more difficult. That’s why you want an experienced attorney, because under the law, not only must the plaintiff prove that the storekeeper kept a unsafe environment, but they also must prove that the storekeeper knew or should have known of the dangerous condition.
Yes, witnesses are generally important in every type of personal injury case, but especially slip and fall cases. Does that mean if you don’t have a witness that you have no case? No, but witnesses are preferable.