Slip and fall accidents are among the most common in Florida and across the U.S. Every day, people become the victims of negligent or irresponsible property owners and renters. The injuries that they suffer may be severe, and the worst of these may result in the victim’s death.
Most property owners or renters have insurance policies to protect them if an individual suffers a slip and fall accident on their property. However, insurance companies have a vested interest in paying out as little as possible to accident victims. This means that they will look for any excuse to either offer a lowball settlement or deny the claim.
If you fell down and hurt yourself in a public place or a private home, then you need to consult with a premise liability lawyer. These legal professionals have the knowledge and experience that are needed to assess premise liability claims to determine whether or not you are entitled to a settlement.
A slip and fall can happen almost anywhere. On public property, these cases have occurred in locations such as:
Of course, such accidents also happen in private homes. Whether the home is owned or rented, it still may be possible to make slip and fall claims against the owner, landlord or renter if it can be determined that these individuals were negligent.
The exact causes of a slip and fall injury can be incredibly varied. Most frequently, they involve conditions such as:
Occasionally, a combination of these factors may contribute to a slip and fall injury. It is even possible that the property owner, renter or landlord was partially negligent and that the victim may also share some of the blame.
Determining the exact circumstances of the injury requires a thorough investigation and a high degree of specialized knowledge. This is why it always makes sense to consult with a premise liability lawyer whenever you get injured in a slip and fall accident.
The number and diversity of injuries that may result from a slip and fall accident are startling. Some people walk away with minor cuts and bruises or a sprained ankle. Still, the recovery from such injuries can be costly and time-consuming, requiring the victim to take days away from work.
Other injuries are more serious. Some victims sustain knee damage, dislocate a shoulder or suffer a severe muscle strain. One or more broken bones signal weeks or months of pain, inconvenience and suffering, not to mention the possibility of missed time at work and a reduction in your ability to enjoy life.
Still other victims will suffer from a spine injury and nerve damage that may require months or years of recovery. Between doctor visits, chiropractic adjustments, surgeries, medications and physical therapy, these injuries can be incredibly expensive to treat. On some occasions, a complete recovery is impossible.
Traumatic brain injuries are also a possibility in slip and fall accidents in which the victim strikes their head. Even the mildest of such injuries can have life-changing consequences, and the most severe traumatic brain injury may render the victim unable to ever resume their normal daily activities.
Of course, the most severe slip and fall accidents result in the death of the victim. Such cases are traumatic for all involved. Years may be required to settle all of the related claims and lawsuits, and the victim’s loved ones will certainly never be the same.
Victims of slip and fall accidents are subject to suffering one (or more) of these and other injuries. Once you understand the potential extent of such injuries, it becomes clear the reasons why premise liability claims are so highly contested.
If you have suffered a broken bone, a sprained wrist, a twisted spine or a traumatic brain injury, then it makes sense to consult with an attorney who takes cases in premises liability. It may be that the property owner is partially or wholly at fault for your injuries.
Determining fault is not always easy. It requires the experience and knowledge of a seasoned attorney to decide whether or not a property owner bears any responsibility.
Public establishments like stores, restaurants and hotels have an obligation to provide a safe, hazard-free environment to their customers. If they fail in this duty, then they may be liable in slip and fall claims. This is especially true if the property owner or renter knows of a hazard and fails to fix it or warn customers about it. Even private property owners bear a similar obligation to their visitors.
An attorney also needs to demonstrate that the property owner did not behave reasonably under the law. This means that the owner was negligent in his duty, and this resulted in injuries to an individual.
It’s also possible that the building’s owner violated local building codes or uniform standards. Once again, it makes sense to consult with an attorney to determine whether or not this applies to your case.
Schedule a consultation with a slip and fall accident lawyer before you get too deeply involved in a slip and fall claim. These premises liability lawyers can begin helping you with your claim no matter what stage of the process you’re in.
Remember, Your Insurance Attorney doesn’t get paid unless you do. That means that we are fully committed to bringing about the best possible outcome for each and every case we take on.
Each case is different. It is not possible to provide a number, or even an estimate, from the onset of any case.
Once you have completed your medical treatment, we will send a demand letter to the insurance company at fault, which will include all of your medical records and bills. Once the insurance company receives the demand, they have about 30 days to respond to our offer to settle with a counter offer or acceptance. We will then contact you to discuss the offer presented and what the next step would be in our negotiation process.
Every case is different. However, most cases take approximately 6 months to a year. If we have to file suit, it may take longer.