Everyone has fallen down at some point in their lives. Slipping and falling can be embarrassing but it can also result in surprisingly serious injuries. Anytime you are injured and need to seek medical treatment, you can incur medical bills, lost income from missing work for medical appointments or during recovery, as well as other losses. It is always wise to discuss your possible right to compensation after a slip and fall accident with a personal injury attorney.
What Caused Your Accident?
In order to determine your rights after a slip and fall, it is important to identify the cause of your fall. In some cases, the cause may be obvious but in others, it may require investigation including reviewing surveillance tapes or witness accounts.
If you slipped and fell simply due to a moment of clumsiness, losing your balance, or another action that was your own fault, it is unfortunately unlikely that you have a right to seek compensation from another party. However, if your accident was caused by the negligence of another person, you have the right under the law to hold that party accountable for your losses.
Some examples of negligence that may cause a fall include:
- Failure to inspect a premises for hazards
- Failure to clean up spills in a timely manner
- Not properly warning people of possible hazards that may cause a fall
- Having defects in flooring, staircases, or other walkways
- Allowing debris or objects to remain in walkways
If any type of negligent act led to your fall and your injuries, the property owner or party who was negligent should be held accountable for your medical bills, lost income, and any other losses you incurred.
Discuss What Happened with a Skilled St. Petersburg Slip and Fall Attorney
Knowing your rights after a slip and fall can be complicated as many factors must be evaluated. In addition, there are different ways to seek compensation including an insurance claim or a personal injury claim in court. At the law office of Berkowitz & Myer, our St. Petersburg slip and fall lawyers can evaluate your rights and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Please call us at 727-344-0123 today for a free consultation.