When Can I Sue After a Slip and Fall Injury?

Personal Injury & Accident Attorneys Serving Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Naples & Nearby Southwest Florida

Posted: September 12, 2018

When you think of a slip and fall accident, you may picture one of those “Life Alert” commercials, but slip and falls can happen to anyone, causing injuries that can range from a sprained ankle to long-term disability. That said, it doesn’t mean you have a case just because you were harmed on commercial, public, or private property. These lawsuits require extensive experience and knowledge of premises liability cases as they require more documentation than a car accident claim, for example. Our slip and fall attorneys in Ft. Myers specialize in these lawsuits and can determine whether or not you have a strong case to move forward.

There are several aspects of a slip and fall lawsuit to keep in mind, including:Slip and Fall Accident

  • What were you doing just before the incident? Texting while walking and other distractions may or may not limit the amount of compensation you receive in the settlement. 

  • What was the cause of the accident? Some of the most common causes of slip and fall incidents are liquid spills, fallen displays, decrepit sidewalks, flooring, carpeting, and parking as well as broken stairs, floors that are uneven, exposed cords and wires, missing handrails, and inadequate lighting for the area. Dangerous conditions that haven’t been properly addressed can also apply to a slip and fall claim.

  • Can you prove fault? We need to identify someone (or the commercial company) who is responsible for the events and conditions that led to your injuries. Our attorneys can help you hold the responsible party liable for your pain and suffering, which first requires establishing someone else’s negligence. For example, if you fall while running around a pool area that has clearly-marked signs that read “No Running,” you won’t be able to file a case. However, if that pool area had unsafe conditions which should have been addressed long before your accident, you likely have a strong case in proving the pool owner’s negligence.

  • Were there witnesses? Our attorneys can build a strong slip and fall case for you if there are credible witnesses to the event. If you can, photograph the conditions that caused your fall and get the name and contact information for anyone who saw what happened.

Recoverable Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents

Some of the most common injuries caused by slip and falls are back and neck injuries, which can lead to lifelong disability. Others involve broken bones, burns or lacerations from cords and wiring, scarring, and disfigurement. All of those potential injuries will make your medical bills rise exponentially. You can recover compensation for one or more of these areas: 

  • Medical Expenses

  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Costs

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of income

  • Temporary or permanent disability

  • Pain and suffering

If you’ve sustained substantial injuries after a slip and fall accident, please call our Ft. Myers attorneys today at (833) 546-3675 for a free case evaluation. The Kelleher Firm serves clients in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida.