A Jacksonville Slip and Fall Attorney Explains Responsibility for Slip and Fall Incidents
Slipping and falling can lead to debilitating injuries depending on the severity of the fall and your health. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including present and future medical bills, loss of income, and more.
Once you have sought medical treatment, please contact John Fagan Accident Lawyers to discuss with a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney your legal recourse against the party or parties responsible for your accident. Time may be of the essence as plaintiffs (suing parties) must bring personal injury lawsuits within Florida’s statute of limitations (the deadline to bring a lawsuit). John Fagan Accident Lawyers will preserve the statute of limitations and your right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Negligence and Proper Defendants
Slip and fall accidents are a type of personal injury. The primary “cause of action,” or legal claim, in personal injury lawsuits is Negligence. Negligence arises when a party has a legal obligation or duty to another party; the party fails to meet that obligation, resulting in a breach of his duty; and the breach causes injury, or “damages” to another party.
The law imposes a duty on land owners and occupants to inspect and safely maintain their premises. That duty is highest for commercial businesses open to the public, such as grocery and retail stores. Residential property owners have a lower standard. When a landowner/occupant fails to meet its legal obligation, that party breaches a legal duty. If the breach results in injury to another, the breaching party caused the injury, and consequently the injured party incurs legal damage. When these elements occur, the landowner/occupant is liable for Negligence, and possibly other related causes of action.
The unique facts and circumstances of your case, e.g. where your accident occurred, will determine the appropriate defendants (parties being sued). Mr. Fagan, a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney, will counsel you regarding all aspects of bringing a Negligence lawsuit.
Contributory Negligence: A Defense to Negligence
Florida is a “contributory negligence” state, meaning that a plaintiff who is responsible for his/her own personal injury may be barred from recovery, or denied compensation. If your conduct contributed to your slip and fall injury, you may still be entitled to compensation, depending on the extent to which your conduct caused your injury. John Fagan Accident Lawyers can thoroughly address how the contributory negligence defense applies to your case.
Contact a Jacksonville Slip and Fall Attorney
John Fagan Accident Lawyers has successfully represented slip and fall plaintiffs for over 30 years. If you’re looking for a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney, call 855-FAGAN-LAW to discuss your potential lawsuit.