Tourist Files Slip and Fall Claim Against Florida Resort
A tourist from Philadelphia has filed a claim against the owner of an Orlando resort claiming that their negligence resulted in him falling in the hotel bathroom. The man filed the claim against Loews Sapphire Falls Resort alleging that the resort owner failed to keep the property safe for invitees.
The victim fell in the bathroom of his hotel room when water from the shower built up on the floor. He claims to have suffered injuries, disfigurement, disability, loss of capacity, and mental anguish due to the incident. He’s asking for damages exceeding $15,000.
Florida Slip and Fall Accidents
If you are hurt in a slip and fall accident that took place on another person’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses, especially if it is obvious that the owner of the property was negligent. While there are plenty of laws surrounding slip and fall claims, two of the most important are the shared fault rules and the statute of limitations. An experienced slip and fall attorney can help you determine if your case is eligible for a claim.
Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Accidents
A statute of limitations puts a time limit on the amount of time you have to file a slip and fall accident claim. Failure to meet the deadline can result in your case being dismissed from the court system and/or prevent it from being filed at all.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident in Florida, the statute of limitations requires your claim to be filed against the owner of the property within four years of the accident. This means it is imperative that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible to allow ample time for your claim to be filed and ensure that it is filed in a timely manner.
Comparative Negligence and Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida
If you plan to file a slip and fall claim against a property owner, be prepared for the property owner to claim that you are at least partially to blame for the accident. If they are successful in their claim, it may result in a portion of your compensation being taken away, even if you settle out of court.
If your claim makes it to a Florida court, the pure comparative negligence rule will determine what share of the accident you are legally responsible for, and how much compensation you are still able to receive from the owner of the property. Under the pure comparative negligence law, your compensation will be reduced according to the percentage of fault placed on you in the accident.
Contact an Experienced Florida Slip and Fall Attorney
It’s easy to see that the laws surrounding personal injury slip and fall accidents are complex and can be very confusing. This makes it even more important that you consult with an experienced Florida slip and fall attorney before accepting any settlement from the property owner or insurance company. The Florida attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez have experience protecting their clients’ rights and ensuring that they receive the full amount of compensation they are entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at one of their conveniently located Florida offices.