A claim for a slip and fall incident is just what it sounds like. If you were to slip and fall and become injured while on someone else’s – or a commercial – property, you could file a negligence claim against them. The term “slip and fall” is simply name given in personal injury cases that refer to injuries occurred while on property owned or maintained by someone else. These claims are sometimes also referred to as “premises liability” claims.
Now, in order to file a claim for the accident, you must have been injured during the incident to collect. If you were to slip on ice or fall down a flight of stairs but only sustain minor injuries which do not need medical attention then you wouldn’t be able to collect on the claim.
Determining Fault in a Slip & Fall Claim
In the case of a slip and fall claim, it isn’t always easy to prove fault. If you’re unable to prove fault, then you wouldn’t be able to collect on the claim so it is important to understand how you would determine fault prior to filing a claim.
To determine fault there are 3 main things to consider:
- Did the property owner (or the person maintaining the property) create the conditions that caused the accident?
- Did the owner/possessor know about the conditions but negligently fail to correct them? Or,
- Did the conditions exist for a long enough period of time that the owner/possessor should have discovered them and fixed the problem prior to the slip and fall incident happening?
If the property owner did not create the conditions that caused the incident or couldn’t have found out about the problem in time to correct them prior to the incident then they may not be at fault.
How Much is a Slip & Fall Claim Worth?
You may have heard a story of a friend of friend who tripped and fell on a sidewalk while walking and won a suit worth millions. Well this is rarely the case with slip and fall claims. In most cases you can claim an amount to cover the cost of your medical bills which were incurred from the accident.
In some cases you may be able to claim additional money for other costs which resulted from injury that weren’t specifically from medical treatment.
Get representation for your slip and fall claim in New Port Richey, FL
If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident or are not sure whether you are eligible for compensation, contact us for a consultation. Make sure you get what you deserve by working with an expert personal injury attorney.