People do not usually think of their local supermarket as a dangerous place. However, it is possible for an accident to occur anywhere, even at a supermarket. This may be if the grounds are not taken care of properly by those who are required to maintain the property. In the event of a hazardous premises, shoppers can become injured as a result. Injured parties facing these situations should retain the services of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney for assistance.
How Do I Prove Negligence?
In Florida, property owners have an obligation to take care of their grounds so that they do not become hazardous. In the event of supermarkets, this ensures shoppers are not harmed when they come to the store. This can be done by properly training their staff and implementing the right safety procedures. Failure to do so can result in injuries at the expense of the establishment, leading to a personal injury lawsuit.
When a personal injury claim is filed, the injured party is required to prove negligence. This can be done by gathering evidence that shows their injuries were a direct result of the supermarket’s inability to provide a safe premises for shoppers. Evidence that can be helpful can include medical documentation of the injury, pictures of the hazard, and any witnesses to the accident.
How Do I Recover Compensation?
If the injured party is successful in proving negligence, they may be able to receive compensation as coverage for the damages incurred due to the accident. Oftentimes after an accident, people suffer both physically and emotionally. It is because of this that they can receive two different types of compensation: economic and non-economic. Economic compensation covers financial burdens such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and any hired professionals for assistance. Non-economic compensation covers the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more.
Statute of Limitations
An injured party should not wait too long after an accident to file a claim for negligence, as the statute of limitations places a deadline on the amount of time they have to do so. If they fail to meet this deadline, injured parties can lose their chance to pursue legal action. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the date of the injury.
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To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.