Most of the time when you hear about someone slipping and falling outside, it’s due to weather, and the vast majority of those accidents are a result of weather Floridians don’t really see – snow and ice.
So, why exactly do people in Florida slip and fall outdoors?
Regardless of our warm weather, there are all kinds of conditions that can lead to Floridians falling while outside. Below, we’re going to detail some of the most the common causes of outdoor slip and fall accidents, as well as what you can do to seek compensation if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence.
If you are walking in an area cluttered by items or debris, you have an increased risk of slipping and falling.…
If you have a slip and fall injury in Florida, it’s important for you to understand the difference between actual and constructive knowledge and how it applies in a personal injury case. j
Below, we’re going to explain what each term means, cover the elements you need to prove to win a slip and fall case.
Understanding Actual vs. Constructive Knowledge
To successfully gain compensation in a slip and fall accident case, you must be able to prove that the defendant had actual or constructive knowledge of the problem that caused your injury. If you can prove that the defendant had knowledge and did nothing to correct the problem, you may be able to win your case.…
When shoppers walk through stores, browsing merchandise or hunting down a specific item can cause them to take their eyes off the floor, making slip, trip, and fall injuries more likely. However, under Florida law, stores are obligated to maintain safe conditions that should prevent these injuries.
A Florida woman recently fell in an Oldsmar Walmart Store, stating that she slipped and fell on a wet substance that was on the floor. The plaintiff, Dondenna Crabtree, filed a complaint requesting surveillance footage of the slip and fall to use in her case.
Walmart objected to the complaint, arguing that if Crabtree were to see the video prior to her deposition, she would be able to alter her testimony.…
Slip and fall accidents are more common than you may realize – and more serious.
Every year, falls are the reason for more than eight million emergency room visits in the U.S., which is the number one reason for all visits. Slip and fall accidents make up more than one million of those visits.
Accidents involving floor problems contribute to two million injuries from falls every year.
Bone fractures are one of the worst consequences of falls, and about five percent of everyone who falls will have a broken bone. The fractures that cause the most problems and lead to deaths from falls are hip fractures.
Every year, one-third of all Americans over 65 years old will fall at least once.…
Summer is ending, which means it’s time for Florida kids to head back to school. As your kids head back to the classroom, you’ll be dealing with school supplies, homework, projects, and extracurricular activities.
Sometimes, you might also have to deal with school injuries.
Slip and falls are some of the most common school injuries because there is ample opportunity for a slip and fall to occur. Whether it’s due to a freshly mopped or waxed floor, running down the hall, a spill in the cafeteria, a backpack left out in a classroom aisle, playing on a playground, or numerous other factors, your child might slip, trip, or fall on school property.…
What are your summer plans?
Even if you are staying here in Florida for the summer, you have plenty of options for a fun, relaxing vacation. You could take a river cruise, hit the beach, or spend a day at one of Florida’s many amusement parks or attractions. While most vacations go off without a hitch, it is important to know what to do in case you slip and fall while you’re trying to relax and have some vacation fun.
Let’s look at an example. In 2013, a woman was at Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon when she slipped and fell on a wet substance around one of the park’s wave pools.…
We’ve all heard the story of the woman who sued McDonald’s after her coffee spilled and burned her legs. Many news sources and comedians joked about the story, essentially shaming the woman for taking McDonald’s to court.
The worst part is that most of these people likely didn’t do their homework. They heard about a woman suing over spilling coffee on herself and immediately found the story ridiculous and frivolous.
If you are thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit related to a product or premises liability, it’s important to understand that you may end up facing similar ridicule due to a lack of true understanding. This should in no way stop you from fighting for the compensation you deserve, but you need to know the public perception that you may be up against in addition to your battle against those who caused your injury.…
Other than the embarrassment of it, slipping and falling in public doesn’t seem like a big deal. You just pick yourself up and move on.
Unfortunately, that belief is a naïve one. Far from being harmless, falls can result in broken bones, bruised tailbones, head injuries, and more. Before you know it, your “simple” slip and fall can cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills. On top of that, you may suffer in other ways, including not being able to work, drive, or possibly even leave the house – all due to someone else’s negligence.
In a personal injury case, you can put a number to all of these damages and ask for compensation.…
Cruise ships are a great option for vacations year-round: you can explore new places, enjoy the convenience of all-inclusive pricing, and relax while you send your kids off to do activities and play throughout the ship.
Unfortunately, this form of vacation also comes with serious risks. After all, you are out on open waters. Here are a few different types of cruise ship injuries to keep in mind before you head out on your next all-inclusive vacation.
Fires – The idea of a fire on a cruise ship may seem odd at first. You’re in the middle of the ocean and worrying about a fire? However, they do happen.…
Accidents happen, but sometimes they could have been prevented. If, for example, you were out on someone else’s property (a restaurant, a boat, a store) and an accident was caused by a spill that should have been cleaned up, or faulty utilities or equipment that should have been replaced or fixed, your injuries are not just due to a random occurrence – they could have been prevented by better management of the property you were on.
In cases like the ones we mentioned, the injured person might be able to file a claim or a lawsuit under the rules of “premise liability.” Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from individuals considering filing a claim under the laws of premise liability in Florida:
How Much Should I Claim?…