Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne explains: the important concept of “Comparative Fault” in Slip & Fall cases in Florida

Comparative Fault in Florida

Slip & Fall accidents are a commonplace occurrence here in Florida. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. when we first sit down with you, our perspective client, during our free consultation we try to get as clear a picture as to what happened during your Slip and Fall incident as possible. One of the most important reasons is that we start to look at the “comparative fault” involved in your incident.

 

In Florida law the statutes that pertain to Slip and Fall accidents in which an injury has occurred state clearly that more than one person or entity can be held at fault, if applicable. This is referred to as “Comparative fault”. Florida operates under what is known as a pure comparative negligence standard. This standard leads the court to assign a percentage of fault to both the defendant and the plaintiff in civil cases here in Florida. Here is how it works:

 

For example: if you are involved in a Slip and Fall accident here in Florida, and the person or entity you are trying to hold liable for the incident can prove that you are either partly to blame for the accident OR making your injuries worse, the courts here are obligated to follow this comparative fault rule. Therefore, if your damages add up to $50,000 but you are found to be 20% at fault, your compensation will be reduced by $10,000 to only $40,000 (reduction of 20% of $50,000). Be prepared for the defendant’s lawyers to raise this “Comparative fault” rule during any settlement talks.

 

If you or someone you care about gets injured in a Slip and fall accident or you simply have a question about a personal injury incident, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. As mentioned earlier we offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400, or you can fill out our easy to access and use Case Review Form at http://www.sswlawfl.com/.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that Slip and fall accidents happen all the time. If you fall because of the negligence of the property’s owner, then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

 

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne we have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years.

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