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Understanding Your Rights in a Slip and Fall Accident on a Wet Floor in Florida

Brubaker Injury Law

November 16, 2023

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and can result in serious injuries. If you’ve slipped and fallen on a wet floor in Florida, it’s important to understand your rights.

Premises Liability Law in Florida

In Florida, premises liability law governs slip and fall accidents. Property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes cleaning up spills promptly and posting warning signs when a floor is wet.

Proving Negligence

To hold a property owner liable for a slip and fall accident, you must prove that they were negligent. This involves showing that:

  1. The property owner had a duty of care to maintain safe premises.
  2. The property owner breached this duty by allowing a dangerous condition (like a wet floor) to exist.
  3. This breach caused your accident.
  4. You suffered damages (like medical bills or lost wages) as a result.

Comparative Negligence in Florida

Florida follows a modified comparative negligence rule in personal injury cases. This means that if you were partially at fault for the accident (for example, if you were texting while walking), your compensation may be reduced by your percentage of fault.

Under modified comparative negligence, people who suffer injuries due to negligence can only recover damages if they are found to be 50 percent or less responsible for their injuries. If somebody was hurt in the accident and is more than 50 percent at fault, the law bars them from recovering any damages.

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health should be your first priority. Even if your injuries seem minor, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor.
  2. Report the Accident: Notify the property owner or manager about the accident.
  3. Document Everything: Take photos of the wet floor and any warning signs (or lack thereof). Write down the details of the accident while they’re still fresh in your mind.
  4. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney: A personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights, gather evidence, and advocate for you.

At Brubaker Injury Law, we’re committed to helping victims of slip and fall accidents in Florida. If you’ve been injured due to a property owner’s negligence, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here for you.

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