There is a common misconception that when someone is injured by a slip and fall or a trip and fall on someone else’s property that the property owner has to pay the injured parties medical expenses. In the state of Florida, the law actually states the property owner only has to pay for the injured parties medical expenses if the property owner is proven to be at fault for the slip and fall or trip and fall. If the property owner is not found to be at fault they are in no way obligated to pay for any medical expenses.
The injured party can also be held accountable for some of the blame for their injuries, and this is the #1 defense insurance companies use in these types of cases. This is what is called - comparative negligence - which in the state of Florida requires the jury to look at the cause of the accident and determine if the victim is somehow even partially at fault for their injuries. If the jury finds the injured party was partially at fault for their injuries that can drastically change the outcome of the case.
As personal injury attorneys who have been doing this for a long time we have come up with some techniques that have helped our clients in the past when the defense tries to say they were at fault for their injuries.
If you have any questions regarding a slip and fall or trip and fall injury, please reach out to us. You can call us at 407-254-4901 or text us at 407-644-4444. We are always happy to offer a no obligation, free consultation to discuss your case with you.