Stairwell accidents occur often, and they can have serious consequences. Read on to learn more about stairwell accidents in Florida and what to do if an injury occurs.
Can I Recover Compensation for a Stairwell Accident in Florida?
In Florida, property owners are responsible for keeping their property maintained at all times. Failing to keep the premises safe can result in serious injuries. For example, the majority of stairwell accidents can be traced back to negligence. If you can prove:
- The property owner was aware of the hazard that caused your accident and did not fix it, or
- The property owner should have reasonably been aware of the hazard,
you may be able to recover compensation.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred to cause your accident. In order to do this, you should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney may be able to obtain evidence like police reports and security camera footage. In order to gather evidence on your own, it is important to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, you should seek medical attention right away. Going to the hospital, an urgent care facility, or your own doctor can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally four years from the date of the accident. This may sound like a long time, but failing to file within four years will mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. If you are recovering from a serious accident, it can be difficult to take action. An experienced attorney can help ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines.
If you have been injured in a stairwell accident in Florida, reach out to our firm to discuss your case.
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Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.