According to the Florida Department of Health, falls are the leading cause of injury death for residents and are the leading cause of non-fatal injury-related hospital admissions. In 2014, nearly 2,800 Floridians died from an unintentional fall, and there were nearly 68,000 hospitalizations for fall-related injuries.
All these falls lead to serious expense. The median hospital admission charge for non-fatal fall-related injuries in Florida in 2014 was $52,191. Total charges exceeded $4.4 billion, and the median hospital length of stay was four days.
Clearly, falls are a serious concern. And if your fall is the result of negligence on the part of a building owner, apartment manager or any other entity, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, medical costs and pain and suffering.
Examples of slip-and-fall injuries in Florida may include falls in:
- A store parking lot
- On a dock or at a marina
- In a restaurant
- On a stairway
- In an apartment building
- At a local mall
- On a wet or slick floor
A slip-and-fall injury can include a fractured or broken bone (arm, leg or shoulder), a cervical (neck) injury, a lumbar (lower back) injury, any kind of spinal cord injury, a head injury, or a brain or skull injury.
In Florida, there is a four-year statute of limitations for slip-and-fall injuries, so it’s wise to contact an attorney at your earliest convenience.
The Ocala fall-down injury attorneys at the Rothenburg Law Firm can help, whether you live in Belleview, York, Fellowship, Zuber, Anthony, Reddick, Rutland, Inverness, Ocala, Fort McCoy, Dunnellon, Huntington, Silver Springs, Marion Oaks, Leesburg, Gainesville, The Villages or any other North Central Florida community.
To take a fall-down injury to civil court, the slip-and-fall incident must have taken place on someone else’s property. It will be up to you to prove that the fall was due to the property owner’s negligence. Florida has a pure comparative negligence rule, which means the court will rule how much of the blame is assigned to the property owner, and how much is assigned to the victim, and the compensation you receive will be based upon that calculation.
Attorney Steve Rothenburg is a veteran personal injury lawyer who helps Florida personal injury victims recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other legal damages.