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 easily prove negligence if they can gain access to surveillance footage. Sometimes stores and property owners have cameras on the property in case there is an incident. Unfortunately, and oftentimes, the cameras don’t always work. The cameras could be fake or broken, or sometimes the video footage at the time of the accident isn’t available for one reason or another.
Therefore, the best way to prove negligence is for the injured party or even a friend or family member to take pictures at the time of the accident. We understand that oftentimes people don’t think of it in the moment. They are embarrassed, they are in pain, there is a lot of commotion going on around them, etc. However, we want everyone to know this is the best way to protect yourself and prove negligence in a slip and fall or trip and fall case.
Now none of that means you don’t have a viable personal injury case if you don’t have video footage or pictures of the scene. 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.