The statute of limitations for slip and fall lawsuits in Florida is 4 years, per Chapter 95 of the 2020 Florida Statutes. You can think of the statute of limitations as the deadline for filing your claim. As long as you file within 4 years of your injury, your right to legal action is safe – even if your case takes longer than 4 years to settle.
How Long Do Slip and Fall Settlements Take?
The amount of time you will need to settle a slip and fall case depends on when you file an insurance claim, how long the insurance company takes to make an offer, and whether you find that offer acceptable. Typically, slip and fall claims settle after your lawyer negotiates with the insurance company and you receive a few different offers. This process can take days or months.
Rarely, slip and fall lawsuits make it to trial. If you need to file a lawsuit against the insurance company, your case may take longer to settle. Often, parties resolve lawsuits before presenting their case in front of a judge and/or jury, but sometimes, the fact finder will decide your case and award damages. Once you file a lawsuit, you may be looking at months or years until your case is resolved, especially if you need to schedule a court date.
In summary, a slip and fall settlement could take anywhere from a few days to a few years, depending on the facts of your unique case.
How to File a Slip and Fall Claim
If you believe someone else’s negligence caused your slip and fall accident, you will need to gather insurance information from the property owner or manager. For example, if you slip and fall on a grease spill in a restaurant, you will need to report the accident to the person running the restaurant and get the restaurant’s insurance information. You should also take pictures if you can – and gather the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.
Of course, insurance matters are secondary when you are seriously injured. If you need emergency medical attention, call 911 right away. You can always gather insurance information after the accident, and your attorney can help you collect evidence and get copies of important paperwork while you focus on feeling better.
Once you have all the information you need, filing a slip and fall claim is like filing a car accident claim with your car insurance company. Nevertheless, you must remember that the insurance company, in this case, represents the restaurant (to return to our previous example), not you, so you need to stick to the facts and not speculate about what happened.
If you do not feel comfortable talking to the insurance company, or you simply don’t want to deal with an insurance adjuster so soon after an injury, you can hire a lawyer to do it for you. This may even be the best course of action because personal injury attorneys have plenty of experience with insurance companies, and they will be 100% dedicated to your best interests.
How to Choose a Lawyer
Your choice of representation is entirely up to you. That being said, you should choose a lawyer with plenty of experience handling slip and fall accidents – and someone who prioritizes your goals and best interests.
At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC, we have over 70 years of combined experience in cases like yours, and we are available 24/7 to work hard for you. We know how to recover the justice and compensation you deserve.
Call us at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online for a free consultation.