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We may be able to obtain compensation for your slip and fall injury.
A slip and fall can be extremely embarrassing – but the first thing you should know is that the fall may not have been your fault. Whether your fall occurs at a grocery store, retail store, or restaurant, it probably occurred as the result of an existing hazard due to someone else’s negligence. When a shop or property owner or it’s management do not address and correct common hazards such as standing water or slippery tile, they may be held liable for what we call “premises liability”.
Property owners have a duty to ensure that they diligently maintain a safe environment for public traffic, but unfortunately many ignore this obligation. When they do, you may slip and fall and sustain serious or permanent injuries as a result. The pain may last for years if not treated quickly and properly, which unfortunately often involves surgery to correct.
Slip and Fall injuries are often a result of hazards such as:
There are many different reasons why a slip and fall accident might occur, and it may not be your fault. Certain conditions, both inside or outdoors, make accidents more probable. The bottom line is that it’s the business’ duty to keep their stores and floors clean and clear of any debris or hazards. When they don’t, it is often easy to ignore. And that’s when a severe fall can occur.
Whether you feel or tripped or dropped on or off some hazard, whether in a restaurant or a grocery store or an apartment complex, if you’ve been injured, we want to help you. Don’t wait to receive medical treatment, even if you don’t have health insurance. We can help you get the treatment you deserve, at a cost that you can deduct from your future insurance claim settlement.
You have to call our law firm to find out if we can help!
Common Slip and Fall Injury Scenarios
Our experienced slip and fall lawyers have dozens of years’ experience dealing with slips and falls of all kinds, against dozens of different types of Defendants, for hundreds of clients throughout the years. Each case requires a different approach to establishing liability to help us win your case. We collect incident reports, eyewitness accounts, and any physical evidence that corroborates the liability. Typical places where slip and falls occur include:
Slip and falls can occur on all kinds of premises and in all kinds of places. We have had personal injury clients in the past who have hurt themselves by tripping over things, like a parking curb that is out of place or loose. We have also seen people who have tripped on or over uneven pathways and dangerous walkways. We have also had clients “drop and fall,” which is to say they were walking on a flat path and did not notice a dangerous, sudden drop in leveling on the floor beneath them. This happens often when concrete is poured carelessly.
Not every state of affairs is sufficient grounds for holding the property owner liable. Usually it is when nothing is done to correct or warn people of the hazard that clear negligence can be pursued. This include providing adequate warnings in the form of barriers or signs around the area where danger might be present. Even if such warnings have been placed, they may not have been sufficient or clear enough to make the hazard clear. Our law office can help evaluate the circumstance and give you the guidance required for building a sound case.
Liability & Damage Recovery
Under Florida law, the property owner or the possessor of the property is liable for injuries that result from a dangerous condition on the property. Owners and possessors owe a duty of care to maintain the property and to protect individuals who enter the property from the unreasonable risk of harm. There are some external factors that come into play such as how long the dangerous conditions have present and the conduct of then injured individual. If an injured party contributes to the accident, then recoveries for injuries might be lessened by the amount that they we’re at fault. This is called comparative negligence.
The legal status of the visitor will play a role in determining liability:
- Invitee – person invited on the property to conduct business, such as a person that is a customer.
- Licensee – A person that comes on the property for a non-business purpose with the consent of the owner, such as a social guest.
- Trespasser – A person that enters without the right or permission to do so.
Owners and possessors owe a duty to invitees and licensees, but in Florida, a trespasser is unlikely to recover compensation under premises liability. Slip-and-fall accidents are responsible for billions of dollars in medical costs each year. These accidents can cause a variety of injuries, including fractures, damage to internal organs, traumatic brain injury, and injury to a person’s legs and hips.
Falls can may at first seem insignificant but they can actually lead to debilitating or even life-threatening injuries and is one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the united states. When these take place, victims are often hesitant to pursue legal action due to the embarrassed and as a consequence, injuries are disregarded and the incidence left unreported. Our team of expert slip and fall attorneys and staff will guide you through the process of getting the appropriate medical treatment while we work on building a case to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitle to under the law. We will engage the insurance companies directly on your behalf and represent your best interest so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Why Clients Choose
The Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A.
Our team at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. are wholly and completely focused on providing you with an outstanding client experience. Together, we will work to obtain for you the most compensation possible for your injuries. We serve our clients in the following ways, and offer so much more:
Reason 1: Finding Medical Treatment
We help you find immediate medical treatment within 14 days of your accident to protect your rights to compensation.
Reason 2: Building your Case
We obtain, document and preserve evidence such as medical records, police reports, insurance information and material linked to lost wages.
Reason 3: Providing Treatment Guidance
We help facilitate on-going medical care, document progress, and keep records of all expenses, that add value to your case.
Reason 4: Negotiating for Compensation
We identify the defendants and available insurance coverage, so we may negotiate effectively with insurance companies over the value of your case. We also negotiate to lower the balance of medical bills that become due, putting more money in your pocket.
Reason 5: Legal Advice and Direction
We aid you in the decision-making process throughout your case and are available to represent your future personal injury legal needs, including those of a family member or friend.
What to do if you have been in a Slip and Fall Accident.
Step 1: Call An Ambulance
A slip and fall accident can often result in severe injury rendering a person immobile immediately after the incident. In these cases, call an ambulance as soon as possible if you are able, or seek assistance from someone close by and request emergency medical assistance. Be sure to alert any “Good Samaritan” of the surrounding hazards that remain present.
Step 2: File An Incident Report
Slip and Fall Incidents are common and are often not the fault of the injured party. Do not let embarrassment cause you to quickly overlook the incident. File an incident report with a manager or location owner to document the details of the circumstance, and make sure to ask for a copy for yourself. Having a signed documented account can be enormously beneficial for your case. This provides an opportunity for you to record as many relevant details as possible with the acknowledgement of a senior staff member on duty.
Step 3: Gather Evidence
It is important to be as prepared as possible even in situations that seem less significant. Don’t only rely on an incident report; but gather as much information as you can from by-standing eyewitnesses. Which should include:
– Full Name
– Phone Number
– Email Address
– A description of the incident from their vantage point.
Make sure to TAKE PICTURES of the site where the injuries took place and be sure to include the specific landmarks that contributed to your injuries. It is also imperative that you take pictures of any clearly apparent injuries like bruises or broken bones; this will help ensure that we can build the strongest case possible for you, and pursue the maximum amount of compensation that you are legally entitled to.
Step 5: Contact a Lawyer
A slip and fall accidents can be extremely frustrating and stressful. In addition to working through your physical recovery, insurance companies do not make it easy for you to get the maximum recovery possible. The Law Office of Craig Goldenfarb is an experienced personal injury law office that can help protect your interests during a slip and fall accident. With us on your side, we’ll help to put you in the best position to receive financial compensation and additional aid for existing or future expenses resulting from your injury.
Step 6: Get Medical Treatment
Not all injuries are visible and often don’t become apparent until the adrenaline rush has gone, and with a public slip and fall accident the embarrassment can cause one to act hastily and in impulse, overlook the injuries. People often sustain internal injuries that only reveal themselves days later. Be sure to visit a doctor as soon as you can, even if you don’t have insurance, and keep a log of all documented expenses related to your injury, since you may be entitled to such expenses. Our team at Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. will guide you through this process, so that you get the appropriate treatment for your needs.
Step 7: Be Extra Cautious!
DO NOT admit fault or claim liability to anyone on the accident scene.
DO examine your surroundings, be vigilant or additional dangers, and document the scene to the best of your ability.
DO NOT call a “lawyer referral service” for help;
DO hire a lawyer who can refer you to medical treatment within 14 days of the accident.
DO NOT allow anyone to solicit you after an accident, either by phone or in person, to either hire an attorney or visit a clinic;
DO report the incident to the Division of Insurance Fraud at 1-800-378-0445. You may be entitled to a reward for the successful prosecution of solicitor crimes.
DO NOT sign anything you are uncomfortable signing nor agree to an insurance settlement prematurely;
DO ask any lawyer you are considering to hire for a free consultation.
We Are Ready
If you have been hurt after a slip and fall, don’t wait to call our law firm. We can handle everything for you, and we can get started on your case right away. You don’t have to pay us a single dime for our legal services, unless and only when we recover compensation for you. Our time is always free to you.
Allow us to be the law firm that fights for the compensation you deserve, so that you can focus on recovering from your injures as soon as possible.
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