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Investigating a Florida Trip and Fall Accident

Most of us have tripped and fallen at some point in our lives. These accidents are often the result of simple clumsiness or carelessness, and generally do not result in serious injury. Unfortunately, trip and fall accidents are capable of causing serious injury, which in some cases could even leave victims with significant long-term medical problems. In fact, the National Safety Council, a non-profit organization that promotes public safety, reports[1] that injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents result in almost 9 million emergency department visits each year. In many cases, the people injured in these accidents incur significant medical expenses, experience substantial pain and suffering, are unable to return to work for an extended period of time, and may develop medical issues that affect them for years.

When trip and fall accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence,[2] victims are often able to recover for their losses by filing a Florida personal injury claim. In many cases, these claims result in significant financial recovery which is intended to compensate victims for both their economic and non-economic damages. Consequently, people who have sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident should discuss their options with a St. Petersburg personal injury attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at 727-308-3472.

Proving negligence through investigation

As is the case with other kinds of actions alleging personal injury, in order to recover, a trip and fall victim must be able to establish that his or her accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. While in some cases, the negligence that caused an accident is clear, in other cases, it may be less clear or potentially contested by the party at fault for a trip and fall incident. When you retain an attorney, he or she will investigate your claim and obtain evidence of negligence if it exists. Generally speaking, finding evidence of negligence in a slip and fall case will involve the following:

  • Obtaining an incident report – When you slip and fall on someone else’s commercial property, it is likely that an incident report was generated. This report will often indicate the cause of the accident as well as the remedial steps that were taken to rectify the hazardous conditions.
  • Interviewing witnesses – In some cases, it may be necessary to interview witnesses that saw the accident take place. Witness testimony can be an important form of evidence in trip and fall cases that are contested.
  • Obtaining surveillance footage – If surveillance footage of your accident exists, your attorney may obtain it in order to establish that your accident was caused by an unreasonably dangerous condition.
  • Physically examining the premises – In certain instances, your attorney may have the premises on which your accident occurred examined in order to document the existence of a dangerous condition that could cause a trip and fall accident.

Collecting evidence in support of your case can be a complicated legal process, so victims should be certain to retain an attorney familiar with litigating trip and fall cases. In addition, anyone who has been involved in a trip and fall accident should seek medical attention and undergo a thorough medical evaluation. Seeing a medical professional will accomplish two important goals relevant to your physical and financial recovery: ensuring that any injuries that you sustained are identified and treated, and generating an official record connecting your injuries to the accident in which you were involved.

Contact a St. Petersburg trip and fall law firm today to discuss your case with a qualified attorney

Many people who are injured in trip and fall accidents in the St. Petersburg area are legally entitled to significant financial compensation. In some cases, victims may not even realize that their accident was actually the result of someone else’s carelessness, so it is important for anyone who has been involved in a trip and fall to have an experienced lawyer evaluate their case. Since 2009, the attorneys of the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have been helping people injured in preventable accidents recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 727-308-3472.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

[1] http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Slips-Trips-and-Falls.pdf
[2] https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/negligence