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Spencer T. Kuvin, Esq.
Jeffrey D. Kirby, Esq.
Donald W. Vollender, Esq.
Seth W. Patchter, Esq.
Marc L. Bebergal, Esq.
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We’ve helped thousands of people with Trip, Slip, and Fall Injuries.
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, property owner, or property 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 their customers, 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 might even require surgery to correct. We handle cases involving:
- Damaged Flooring
- Oily Surface Area
- Torn or Bulging Carpet
- Debris or Loose Materials
- Wet or Moist Floor Surfaces
- Improperly Waxed Floor
- Broken Sidewalk or Walkway
- Poor Lighting
- Loose Floorboards
- Narrow Staircases
- Loose or Damaged Hand Rails
- Uneven Pavement
There are many different reasons why a slip or trip 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 serious fall can occur.
Whether you fell 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 we can deduct from your future insurance claim settlement.
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Common Slip and Fall Injury Scenarios
Our experienced slip and fall lawyers have dozens of years’ experience dealing with slips, trips, and falls of all kinds, against dozens of different types of defendants, for thousands 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:
- Community Pools
- Escalator or Elevators
- Department Stores
- Retail Stores
- Grocery and Big Box Stores (Such as Publix, Winn-Dixie, Walmart, Target, and others)
- Apartment Complexes and Sidewalks
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’ve also seen people who have tripped on or over uneven pathways and dangerous walkways. We have 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 ground beneath them. This happens often when concrete is poured carelessly.
Common Premises Injury Types Our Law Firm Encounters
Not every accident or incident 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 a case can be pursued. This includes providing adequate warnings in the form of barriers or signs around the area where danger was present.
Injury types resulting from slip and fall accidents may include, but are not limited to:
- Bruises, Cuts and Scrapes
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Muscle Sprains
- Fractures, Broken Bones, and Disfigurement
- Jaw, Chest, Rib, and Pelvic Damage
- Crushed Trachea/Larynx
Even if sufficient warnings have been placed, they may not have been clear enough to make the hazard obvious. Our law office can help evaluate the circumstance and give you the guidance required for building a sound case.
Liability & Damage Recovery in a Premises Case
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 been present and the conduct of the injured individual. If an injured party contributes to the accident, then recoveries for injuries might be lessened by the amount that they were 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 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.
Damages recoverable in a premises liability case:
- Hospital & Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Cost of Future Care
Owners and possessors owe a duty to invitees and licensees, but in Florida, a trespasser is unlikely to recover compensation under premises liability law. 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 neck or back.
Falls may at first seem insignificant but they can actually lead to debilitating or even life-threatening injuries. Falling 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 embarrassment and as a consequence, injuries are disregarded and the incident 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 entitled 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.
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