A cause of slip and fall accidents are loose floorboards. Tripping over a loose floorboard can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, bruises, cuts, and sprains. It can be surprisingly expensive to treat a slip and fall accident. Victims may be left with thousands of dollars in medicals and lost pay due to recovery.
If you were injured in an accident caused by loose floorboards, then contact The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. Our law firm can advocate for you to recover your damages and ensure that your rights are protected under Florida Law. Call 1-800-747-3733 for a free case assessment to see how a Boca Raton Loose Floorboards lawyer can handle your case.
What Is a Loose Floorboard?
Floorboards are often secured to a floor using heavy-duty nails. In high traffic areas, nails may become loose due to daily activity. When the nails come loose, the floorboard may create a gap and allow the floorboard to bend or flex upward. As time goes by, the board may warp upward, creating a hazardous situation.
Under Florida Statute §768.0755, property owners are required to maintain a safe property for customers, guests, or visitors. If a person incurs an injury as a result of a loose floorboard, the property owner is liable for the injury. The victim can sue the owner for damages from the accident.
Proving Liability in a Loose Floorboard Case
Loose floorboards are hard to ignore. They often make creaking or thumping noises when someone steps on them; therefore, it is likely that the property owner knew about the floorboard and did nothing to prevent the accident. As your attorneys, our job is to prove that the owner was either negligent or careless in their action and that their negligence is what led to your injuries.
We can obtain evidence of fault and liability, such as:
Security Camera Footage of the Accident
Some property owners today have security cameras throughout the property. Our law firm can view the footage to get a clearer understanding of what happened and who is at fault. We can look at footage of the floor prior to the accident to assess the condition of the floorboard.
Statements from Eyewitnesses
Witnesses who saw the accident may be able to provide details of what happened. We may also be able to speak with employees or customers who were aware that there was a problem with the floorboard prior to the accident.
We can speak with or hire expert witnesses who can corroborate your story and support your claim. We may work with a flooring expert who can testify that there was an ongoing problem with the floorboard. We can also speak with accident reconstruction experts or medical doctors about your injuries.
Property owners often fill out accident reports to comply with Florida laws or their insurance company’s policies. As the victim in the accident, the owner should write down your statements about what happened. We can review the accident report to gather details of the accident.
Medical reports are important in helping us assess the nature and extent of your injuries. We can use a medical report to prove that your injuries occurred as a result of the accident.
Damages in a Slip and Fall Accident Case
Slip and fall accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries to the head, neck, or spinal cord. Injuries may result in thousands of dollars in medical treatment and other financial losses. Our law firm can help you seek economic and non-economic damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Physical suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
How much your case is worth depends on the circumstances of the accident, who is at fault, and the extent of your financial and personal losses. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you assess your damages and fight for fair compensation. Find out what your case is worth by contacting us at 1-800-747-3733.
What Are Your Legal Options After a Slip and Fall Accident?
We work with victims of slip and fall accident cases. Our lawyers can help you explore your options and choose the best legal strategy. In a premises liability case, you have two main options:
File a Claim with the Insurance Company
Most premises liability cases are settled directly between the victim and the property owner’s insurance company. We obtain evidence of fault and liability, assess your damages, and send a claim to the insurer. An adjuster reviews your claim and accepts the claim as-is, offers an adjusted settlement, or rejects your claim.
File a Lawsuit Against the Property Owner
If the insurance company rejects your claim or the property denies responsibility for the accident, you may have the option of filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court. In some cases, you may want to file a lawsuit instead of an insurance claim.
A Boca Raton loose floorboard lawyer can evaluate your case to determine which option ensures that you are compensated for all of your damages.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in Florida
Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a) sets the limit for personal injury lawsuits at four years. This means that you have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
If you miss the deadline, you may no longer be eligible to recover your losses. Our law firm can help you file the paperwork and start the claims process before the deadline so that you can receive compensation for your injuries.
Get Help from a Boca Raton Loose Floorboard Lawyer
Do not pay for someone else’s mistake. Get help from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine. We can review your case, assess your damages, and help you seek recovery for your losses. Call 1-800-747-3733 and get a free case review.
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