Being a renter in Florida offers you some degree of protection against certain types of incidents and accidents that can occur in your apartment building. If you happen to slip-and-fall one day while in you are in your apartment complex, you may be wondering what actions you should take to deal with any financial obligations and consequences that occur as a result of your accident and potential injuries.
Immediately after your accident occurs, even if you feel fine, you should remain at the scene of the accident and contact emergency personnel and the manager of the property. You should also take down the names of any witnesses and staff members who may have been present at the scene when your accident occurred. If possible, use your phone to take pictures of the scene so you can use them as evidence.
Depending on the rules and regulations of the apartment building you are staying in and the severity of your injuries, you may be required to file an accident or incident report. You should also file one with local law enforcement as well. Seek out medical attention, no matter how minor your injuries may seem. The records from your medical care can be used to support your claim if necessary.
According to RentPrep, you have the burden of proof. You must be able to establish that your landlord or property manager and any other responsible party knew about the hazards or conditions that resulted in your accident. You must also prove that they did nothing to correct or prevent them to keep the premises safe. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may even be able to file a claim against the maintenance staff and the manufacturer of the defective productive that may have played a role in the cause of your slip-and-fall accident.
Slip-and-fall cases can be challenging to prove in court. The actions you take immediately after a slip-and-fall accident can determine the outcome of your situation.