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Slip and Fall Settlement: What Inmates Should Know

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Slip and fall accidents are no joke. They can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. In Florida alone, there have been over 75,000 unintentional falls that have landed people in hospitals. Miami Dade County, in particular, has seen over 7,200 hospitalizations for slip and falls. For inmates, these accidents can happen within prison premises, and the injuries can be severe. If you're an inmate and have been a victim of a slip and fall, you might be entitled to compensation. In this blog post, we'll discuss everything that you need to know about slip and fall settlements.

Prison Slip and Fall Causes

Slip and fall injuries can occur for various reasons and can cause severe injuries. Incidents involving slip and falls can occur inside a prison cell, in the cafeteria, or even while the prisoners are getting to their destinations inside the facility. Whether the injury was caused by the prison's negligence, a wet floor, or a poorly-maintained facility, the inmates have the right to file a claim against the administration. The first thing that the inmate needs to do is seek medical attention. Stable health is invaluable in any legal battle.

Hire a Competent Slip and Fall Lawyer

The next step is to find a competent slip and fall lawyer who specializes in these types of cases. Look for an attorney that has experience in both personal injury and prison law. A skilled lawyer can help the inmate prove the four elements required for compensation: duty breach, causation, and damages. The duty is to prove that the prison had a duty to keep the premises safe. Breach is to show how that duty was violated by the prison staff. Causation is the direct relation of the negligence of the staff with the plaintiff's slip and fall. Finally, damage is the quantifiable cost of medical expenses, lost income, and any other pain and suffering experienced byte plaintiff.

Timely File a Claim

Inmates should also keep in mind that they have a limited time to file a claim. Failure to file a case right could result in them forfeiting the possibility of receiving compensation. In Florida, there is a four-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. If the inmate files a claim after the due date, the claim may be dismissed. Therefore, inmates should act promptly.

Proving Liability

Another important factor that the inmates should remember is that they must prove that the prison was responsible for the slip and fall accident. Proving liability can be challenging, and the prison administration may use every trick in the book to deny the case. This fact highlights even further the importance of having a skilled and diligent lawyer by your side. A professional attorney will thoroughly investigate the case and gather the necessary evidence to hold the prison responsible.

Obtain the Compensation You Deserve

Slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries and result in expensive medical bills, lost income, and various other losses. Inmates that have sustained such injuries while in the prison facility have the right to file a claim against the administration. However, the process of filing a slip and fall settlement claim can be challenging. Therefore, it is essential for inmates to seek the help of an experienced lawyer to ensure they get the compensation they deserve. Don't hesitate; reach out to a professional lawyer and get the right legal assistance for your case.

Contact an Attorney Experienced in Handling Prison Slip and Fall Accidents

If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident or received a serious injury dueto a defect in the design, construction, or maintenance of the property, use the convenient form on our website to contact the personal injury attorneys at Roller Rubinstein and receive a free, confidential evaluation of your case.



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