If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall case, also referred to as trip and fall, then you may be entitled to compensation. Property owners are required to maintain their grounds in a way that’s reasonably safe from danger for visitors. This includes commercial properties, public properties, and residential properties. It can be a challenge to prove the cause of a slip and fall in court. This is why it’s important to have experts involved in the case to ensure the best outcome possible for the client.
Hiring an Attorney
When you’ve been injured in a slip and fall case, it’s crucial that you act quickly when taking legal action. An experienced slip and fall attorney will not make the mistake of failing to enlist the help of a premises liability expert because they think the case is clear-cut. When consulting with a slip and fall attorney to take your case be sure to ask about their record and experience with similar cases. Check reviews for the attorney online to make sure they are a reputable professional that can help you with your case.
Once you’ve hired a skilled attorney that has experience with slip and fall cases, they will promptly send an expert to the premise where the injury occurred to examine the scene. The expert will examine and assess the condition of the premise. They will preserve evidence and investigate the accident. Physicians and other expert witnesses may become involved to lend credibility and expertise to your case.
It may appear to you that the premise was obviously not maintained properly, but without an expert witness, you may have trouble proving the claim in court. An expert will examine the conditions of the premise, take measurements, and other necessary steps for collecting evidence to pinpoint the exact cause of the accident to present in court.
Don’t Wait to File a Lawsuit
Should the injured person wait too long to hire an attorney then the premise owner may realize their fault and have repairs made before an expert can be called to the scene. For example, let’s say that someone was walking down a poorly lit hallway in their apartment building and tripped on torn carpeting. The person fell and incurred medical bills due to the injury. If the person waited too long to hire an attorney, then the landlord may notice the error of his/her ways and have the light bulbs changed and carpet repaired. By the time an attorney involves an expert to assess the premise, the evidence may already be gone. The case would have been stronger if the injured person had immediately consulted an attorney and an expert sent to gather evidence of the poorly maintained and unsafe premise.
The law also provides a limited time frame in which a slip and fall case can be filed in Florida’s civil courts. Florida Statutes section 95.11(3) states that a person has four years from the date of the accident to file their lawsuit. The sooner you file the lawsuit, the better chance you have of enabling expert witnesses to help with your case. For the best outcome, don’t wait to file your lawsuit in a slip and fall case.