A Jacksonville Slip and Fall Attorney Explains Responsibility for Slip and Fall Incidents

105790556Slipping and falling can lead to debilitating injuries depending on the severity of the fall and your health. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including present and future medical bills, loss of income, and more. Once you have sought medical treatment, please contact First Coast Accident Lawyers to discuss with a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney your legal recourse against the party or parties responsible for your accident. Time may be of the essence as plaintiffs (suing parties) must bring personal injury lawsuits within Florida’s statute of limitations (the deadline to bring a lawsuit). First Coast Accident Lawyers will preserve the statute of limitations and your right to seek compensation for your injuries.

Negligence and Proper Defendants

Slip and fall accidents are a type of personal injury. The primary “cause of action,” or legal claim, in personal injury lawsuits is Negligence. Negligence arises when a party has a legal obligation or duty to another party; the party fails to meet that obligation, resulting in a breach of his duty; and the breach causes injury, or “damages” to another party. The law imposes a duty on land owners and occupants to inspect and safely maintain their premises. That duty is highest for commercial businesses open to the public, such as grocery and retail stores. Residential property owners have a lower standard. When a landowner/occupant fails to meet its legal obligation, that party breaches a legal duty. If the breach results in injury to another, the breaching party caused the injury, and consequently the injured party incurs legal damage. When these elements occur, the landowner/occupant is liable for Negligence, and possibly other related causes of action. The unique facts and circumstances of your case, e.g. where your accident occurred, will determine the appropriate defendants (parties being sued). Mr. Fagan, a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney, will counsel you regarding all aspects of bringing a Negligence lawsuit.

Contributory Negligence: A Defense to Negligence

Florida is a “contributory negligence” state, meaning that a plaintiff who is responsible for his/her own personal injury may be barred from recovery, or denied compensation. If your conduct contributed to your slip and fall injury, you may still be entitled to compensation, depending on the extent to which your conduct caused your injury. First Coast Accident Lawyers can thoroughly address how the contributory negligence defense applies to your case.

Contact a Jacksonville Slip and Fall Attorney

First Coast Accident Lawyers has successfully represented slip and fall plaintiffs for over 30 years. If you’re looking for a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney, call 855-FAGAN-LAW to discuss your potential lawsuit.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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