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Slip and Fall

Florida Slip and Fall Lawyer

According to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries and nearly 8 million people were treated for falls in 2001. Nearly 15,000 people died from falls in 2002. Most victims of slip and fall accidents are over the age of 65, but this type of accident can definitely happen to anyone, regardless of age.

More than half of all falls are related to slipping or tripping (generally due to a foreign substance or object on the walking surface, a design flaw, slippery surfaces or the individual’s impaired condition (physical or mental). Fault is often difficult to determine in these cases.

While many slip and fall accidents occur at home (particularly with older adults), a large number of accidents occur on someone else’s property, making these types of slip and fall lawsuits very common. For a victim to win this type of case they must be able to prove that the property owner was negligent in not being aware of the danger when the owner should have been aware. Also negligence may be established is proving the premises owner failed to repair a dangerous condition or failed to conduct an adequate inspection of the area where the fall occurred.

Attorney Joe McIntyre strongly advises that if you are the victim of a slip and fall injury in Florida, you should first visit a doctor who will be able to determine the extent of your injuries. These medical records are an important part of your case and would be presented in the insurance claim or the lawsuit. They will help you prove that injuries sustained are due to the slip and fall accident and not some previous injury. You should also keep records of any additional expenses or hardships you endured, whether it is the cost of medical visits, physical therapy, medications, lost wages, transportation expense or replacement of household services.

The landowner where the fall occurred should be notified as soon as possible after the accident. Photographs and measurements should be obtained showing the area of the fall.

Attorney Joe McIntyre is familiar with personal injury cases involving slip and fall accidents or trip and fall accidents. These accidents sometime come under the heading of “premises liability” cases. It is very important that you hire a slip and fall Attorney in Florida who handles this type of case and Mr. McIntyre has experience handling slip and fall, trip and fall and premises liability cases. Attorney McIntyre at FloridaInjuryLawyer.com welcomes your call or e-mail to review your case.

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