Your Right to Compensation After a Marina Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common ways people are injured on marinas or docks in South Florida. Unfortunately, the complex laws regarding premises liability can make it difficult to know who to sue and whether you have a case if you are injured in a fall at a marina.
At Mase Mebane Seitz, we offer experienced representation for individuals injured in slip and fall accidents in Miami and throughout South Florida. Slipping and falling is a leading cause of injury that sends thousands of people to the hospital each year. If you are injured while on a Florida marina, contact our office at (305) 487-8863 for a free consultation.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured at a Marina?
If you are injured at a marina in Florida, you need to act quickly to protect your right to recovery. The most important thing you can do after a slip and fall accident at a marina is to seek medical treatment.
After an accident resulting in injury at a marina, you should:
- Have someone call 9-1-1 for help if you are unable;
- Notify the marina owner or supervisor;
- Fill out an incident report and request a copy;
- Take pictures of the area (if you are able);
- Obtain eyewitness contact information;
- Seek medical treatment, even if you are unsure of the severity of your injuries; and
- Contact an attorney.
It is in your best interest to consult with a slip and fall accident attorney as soon as possible after you are injured. Premises liability laws in Florida make it difficult to prove that a property owner was legally responsible for your injuries. Without the help of a skilled lawyer, you may end up settling your case for less than it is worth.
Who Is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident?
There may be one or more parties responsible for your injuries. It is not your job to determine who was at fault for your slip and fall accident at the marina. Making statements regarding fault could end up hurting your case. Prior to making any statements or signing any documents, you should always discuss your case with an attorney.
Depending on the circumstances, the marina owner or operator may be liable for your injuries. In other cases, it may be the manufacturer of a defective product, a negligent contractor or mechanic, or a reckless third party that can be held accountable.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
Under Florida law, you have four years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit based on personal injury. While there are exceptions to this rule, they are limited. Failing to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations may result in a bar to your recovery.
What If I Am Injured on a Boat Deck?
Similar to a marina, if you are injured in a slip and fall accident on a boat deck, you might have the right to compensation. It is essential to discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer to determine your legal options after any slip and fall accident. All slip and fall cases require a thorough investigation to ensure that the appropriate parties are held liable.
Hiring a Slip & Fall Attorney in Miami
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident at a South Florida marina, contact our office at (305) 487-8863. Let us help you get the compensation you are entitled to after a devastating accident.
Slip and fall injuries can be severe, even life-threatening. Do not let your claim get dismissed. Get the legal representation you need to get the results you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.