Have you been seriously harmed in a slip and fall? We know that these accidents can cause victims immense pain and suffering. You may not be able to enjoy life like you did before this accident. We want you to know that our Orlando slip and fall lawyers are here to help you get the justice you deserve. Call us today to set up your free first consultation with a personal injury attorney with our firm.
You are not powerless when it comes to your slip and fall claim. You can do things to strengthen your case. You can avoid things to prevent weakening your case.
Unless you are knocked unconscious from your fall, you should try to get as much evidence as possible. If you’re unable to do this by yourself, you can ask for the help of a friend, family member, or even one of our Orlando slip and fall attorneys. Take pictures and videos of what you tripped over or slipped on. It might be broken concrete on a sidewalk, or it could be a spill at a store. Make sure you have evidence that you can bring to your lawyer so they can use it to build a strong case.
If your slip and fall accident occurred on public property, it is imperative to report the injury . If you’re hurt at a store, have the store manager come and make an accident report. If you’re hurt in front of someone’s home while walking or running, you should tell the owner and possibly have authorities come to the scene. Make sure there is a record of your injury. Get a copy of an accident report if possible.
As soon as you’re done with the evidence collection and accident report, head straight to an urgent care or emergency room to get your injuries looked at. Your well-being needs to be the top priority. You may feel like you need to finish your errands, get to work, or go home and rest to see if you get better on your own. We strongly advise against this. The insurance company will be looking carefully to see what you did for your injuries after your trip and fall. If they are suspicious at all about how long it took you to get to a doctor, they can claim you lied about the severity of your injuries or even where you got them. That means you are not going to get a fair result.
Slip and fall cases are sometimes a little bit more complicated than other personal injury cases. They can happen just about anywhere, from your friend’s house to the grocery store, or even Disney World. The basic structure of the claim is generally the same, however, whether you are seeking justice from a private homeowner, a public property, or a municipality.
There are going to be four categories each party falls into. First, the plaintiff will be the injured victim in the slip and fall. That’s you. Your primary objective is to get justice for your injuries.
Second, the liable party. Again, this could be the owner of the home you tripped at, the grocery store owner, etc. The liable party is called “liable” because they knew there was a hazard on their property but did not do anything to fix it, which resulted in your injury.
Next, you have the insurance company who represents the liable party. Their goal is to try to limit the responsibility they have to you. That saves them money. They will be the ones providing a compensation award.
Last is your Orlando slip and fall lawyers. They dedicate themselves to protecting your rights to full and fair justice.
If you have been injured in a falling accident due to a faulty handrail, you definitely have a valid injury claim to pursue. Handrails are there to assist people going up and down stairs. If the handrail is faulty and causes an injury, it’s important to hire a lawyer who has experience litigating trip and spill cases and who can get an expert to assess that handrail immediately because, quite often, things will change, making it difficult to prove negligence in some cases.
We have many years of experience with slip and fall cases, and if you or someone you know or love has been injured due to a faulty handrail, please contact us. We’d love to help you.
Most often, it’s the owner of the property or who was controlling the premises at the time of those steps being installed, but that’s not always the case. Often, those cases need experts to assess the stairs, their height, their uniformity, the width of them, and whether they meet the applicable building codes. There’s a lot that goes into cases involving stairs, making it crucial to hire an Orlando attorney with experience in slip and fall cases.
If you’ve injured yourself on a curb and it’s a city or county curb, you can pursue a civil claim. Our lawyers have experience in pursuing slip and fall claims against governmental entities. Governmental entity cases are unique because there are specific requirements and statutes that must be followed. If they’re not followed correctly, you can be precluded from bringing that case later. For this reason, it’s very important you hire the right type of legal representation.
There are also caps on the damages that can be assessed in some cases against governmental entities, and it’s important that you have an attorney who can explain that to you so you can make an informed decision.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall on a residential property, it’s very important to document the scene immediately, if you’re able to. If you can, or have someone with you that can, take pictures of what caused your injury and fall immediately, because oftentimes that evidence will disappear, and it may be needed later down the line.
Slip and fall injury cases against a homeowner or a property owner can be complicated and often requires going after their insurance company. Most pieces of property and most homes have homeowner’s insurance, so it’s important to hire a lawyer who can help you get full and fair compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a slip and fall, it’s not unusual for you to get immediately contacted by that company or that company’s insurance provider with some type of lowball settlement offer. It is almost never a good idea to take that first offer. More importantly, before you ever accept any offer, give any type of recorded statement, speak to an insurance company, or sign anything, it’s very important that you speak to a lawyer to get some guidance and counseling about the situation, about your injuries, what your case may be worth, and whether or not you should accept that offer.
Oftentimes, when we’re retained in personal injury cases stemming from a slip and fall, we get pictures of the area where our client slipped or fell and see that there was some type of warning cone or sign in the area. Under Florida law, businesses have two duties: to warn someone of a dangerous condition, like a slippery floor, and to maintain publicly accessible areas.
Just because there’s a warning sign in an area does not mean you cannot pursue a case in the event of slip and fall. It may mean that the case is more difficult to pursue, but a lawyer can help make an informed decision about whether to pursue a claim, whether to settle it, or whether to take it to trial.
The sooner you take action, the better. Odds are, your evidence can disappear as soon as you leave the scene of your slip and fall. Spills get cleaned up, security cam footage gets taped over, tripped hazards get fixed. Keep in mind also that you have a four-year statute of limitations in Florida. That means you will not be eligible for justice after four years past the date of your accident. Call one of our Orlando slip and fall lawyers as soon as possible.