What should I do if I’m hurt in a slip & fall accident in Florida?

There are few things worse than being hurt in an accident caused by the negligence of another. Unfortunately, many people are hurt every day due to a wide range of circumstances, including unsafe property conditions. If you were recently injured in a slip and fall accident because of a safety hazard on someone else’s property, you may qualify for compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable Pensacola personal injury lawyer to learn more about these cases, what to do after an injury, and how we can help you fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What steps should I take after a slip and fall accident?

After being hurt on someone else’s property, you should take several steps to bolster your chances of winning your personal injury claim. Some of the most important steps you can take are as follows:

  1. Call emergency services to the scene of your accident. The police will write up an accident report and send an ambulance to the scene, which will give you medical treatment on the spot and transport you to a hospital for further examination.
  2. Take pictures of the dangerous property conditions that caused your accident. For example, if you were injured in a supermarket because of a poorly-placed merchandise display, photograph the hazard.
  3. Ask witnesses for their contact information, as we can call upon them at a later date to corroborate your claim.
  4. If you were hurt in a store, notify the store owner or management of your accident. They should write up a store incident report, further documenting your accident.
  5. Keep copies of all pertinent medical documentation.
  6. Retain the services of a dedicated personal injury lawyer who can work to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim.

How long will I have to hire a personal injury attorney after an accident?

After sustaining an injury in an accident, it’s paramount that you take legal action at once. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is four years, meaning you’ll have four years to sue, but the truth is, the sooner you act, the better off you will be. The longer you wait, the more challenging it will be for us to contact witnesses and prove that your injury was truly caused by an accident that happened, say, several years ago. If you have any additional questions or would like to speak with an attorney, give us a call today so we can get started working on your case.


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