A slip and fall accident can turn an everyday errand into a catastrophe. You could find yourself with medical bills, serious injuries, and weeks or even months away from work. If your accident occurred on someone else’s property and the owner knew about the hazard, you could be due compensation.
But to win damages, your case must prove the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. This requires evidence collection, case building, and more. A Jacksonville slip and fall lawyer at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help you pursue damages from a negligent property owner. Call today: 800-747-3733.
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How does the cause of my slip and fall affect liability?
Among the most important aspects of your slip and fall case is proving the cause. Our case must establish not only what caused your accident (e.g., you slipped in a puddle on the grocery store floor) but the source of the hazard that caused your slip and fall (e.g., the staff failed to clean up the spill in a timely manner).
Here are some common causes of slip and fall accidents:
Wet floor surfaces: Even if the property owner did not personally spill something onto the floor, there still exists a duty to regularly monitor and address any spills in a reasonable amount of time. For example, if another shopper spills a liquid in a grocery store, and the spill sits on the floor for 20 minutes before you slipped and fell, the grocery store may be liable for not warning of and cleaning the spill in a timely manner.
Unmarked obstacles: Property owners have a duty to mark hazards like curbs, wires, and other obstacles that a reasonable person would not expect. Failure to do so could leave the responsible party liable for a trip or slip and fall.
Poorly maintained property: Property owners must keep their properties reasonably maintained. This includes addressing issues such as potholes, crumbling asphalt or concrete, and downed trees or wires that can become slip or trip hazards.
Steps without handrails: Failing to install handrails may constitute negligence, as it ignores a common and expected safety mechanism to prevent falls. A property owner that fails to install or fails to repair handrails may be liable for a fall.
If you fell on someone else’s property due to a hazard the property owner failed to address, talk to our slip and fall lawyers in Jacksonville at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine. We will examine the details of your case, identify the cause and contributing factors, and determine the best way to proceed.
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When is a property owner NOT liable for a slip and fall accident?
Not everyone who slips and falls on someone else’s property can recover compensation. Defendants in slip and fall cases often attempt to claim the victim was not on the property legally, thus creating a legal argument regarding the victim’s “status” at the time of the accident.
Property owners owe a duty of care to invited guests like customers, employees, business guests, or social guests. But they have limited responsibility to trespassers, per Florida Statute § 768.075.
So, for instance, if a trespasser slips and falls in an unmarked puddle on the property, the property owner may not be liable. That said, a property owner cannot set up traps or take other steps to intentionally injure a trespasser.
If the defendant argues you were trespassing at the time of the accident, our case will aim to prove your status was that of an invitee or licensee, to which the property owner owes a duty of care.
Further, the injured party’s behavior at the time of the wreck might affect liability. For example, defendants might argue that the victim was texting at the time of the accident, thus negligently failing to pay attention to surroundings. If the defendant is successful in arguing this point, the insurance company or court may consider the victim comparatively negligent, thus reducing the settlement or judgment in proportion to the victim’s percentage of fault.
Our lawyers will interview eyewitnesses, secure video surveillance and photographs, and may even call upon expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf in order to refute accusations of trespassing or comparative negligence.
What should I do to help my slip and fall accident claim?
Seek medical care: Our lawyers will rely on your medical records to help prove a connection between your injuries and the accident as well as to prove the value of your damages. Even if you feel okay, visit a doctor for an evaluation. You might have an injury that doesn’t present symptoms right away. This is important not only for your health, but for your claim too. If you wait too long to seek medical attention, the defendant might argue your injuries are unrelated to the accident.
Save any photos, videos, or notes from the scene: Make copies of any photographs or videos you took of the scene. If others took photos or videos, ask for copies or give us the contact information of these witnesses so we can secure the evidence. We also advise writing down the name(s) of the property owner, manager, or any other people present (witnesses, store employees, etc.).
Contact a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney: Call us at 800-747-3733 as soon as possible. The sooner we become involved in your case, the sooner we can act to secure evidence, request evidence that is in the possession of the property owner, and start building your case.
The consultation is always free and you do not pay us unless you recover compensation. Contact us today to speak to a slip and fall lawyer in Jacksonville: 800-747-3733.
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Duval County Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
Slip and fall injuries can result in lost work hours, mounting medical bills, and extended pain and suffering. You may have the right to compensation for these losses and injuries. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 for a free case review.
All Types of Duval County Slip and Fall Cases Covered
The slip and fall lawyers in Duval County, FL from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understand the stress that slip and fall accidents can bring and are ready to fight on your behalf. We safeguard your rights and will work to win the best settlement possible for your pain and suffering result from slips and falls in any scenario, including:
- Broken or cracked concrete
- Leaks or water spills
- Broken or missing handrails
- Unmarked curbs, steps, cables, or cords
- Unsecured mats, carpets, or rugs
- Uneven parking lot surfaces
- Poorly lit or obstructed walkways
When you give your Duval County slip and fall case to the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we will work diligently on your behalf to handle every aspect of the case.
Proving Slip and Fall Fault & Liability
The law requires that property owners maintain the safety of their spaces so that visitors will not befall any risk or harm. If a hazard arises, it is the property owner’s duty to both clearly warn patrons or clients of the hazard and then work to remedy the issue as promptly as possible.
Hazards happen, but when a property owner fails to identify or remedy a hazard, he might be at fault for any injuries you sustain because of that hazard. Our slip and fall lawyers in Duval County, FL investigate your case to determine who had fault by examining the following elements:
- Duty of care — the responsible party (or property owner) whose duty it was to maintain his premises in a reasonably safe condition
- Breach of duty — this at-fault party breached his duty of care and risked your safety through negligence
- Causation — if you sustained injuries because of this breach, the at-fault party is liable for all actual damages
- Actual damages — these may be economic or non-economic damages, including physical and emotional suffering.
Imagine, for example, a snapped handrail leading up the main stairs to a health club. The owner of the health club notices the damage on his way in for his morning shift, but he forgets to put up adequate signs or stanchions to point out the danger. As a patron of the health club, you come for your daily workout and attempt to use the handrail, but it gives way, and you end up falling down the stairs. If you can provide evidence that this negligence caused your slip and fall, the health club owner might be liable for damages.
Our slip and fall lawyers in Duval County, FL will bolster your case by acquiring crucial evidence from the accident event, such as:
- Accident reports and scene photos
- Surveillance video
- Witnesses statements
- Owner or facility safety records
We will also refer to any relevant documentation of the expenses related to the slip and fall accident, including:
- Medical records
- Bills for doctor or therapy appointments
- Wage statements
The slip and fall lawyers in Duval County from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will accumulate all the necessary evidence and documentation to fight effectively on your behalf.
Call A Slip and Fall Lawyer Committed to You
When you choose a slip and fall lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we will go to work on your behalf to handle every aspect of the case. While you focus on your recovery, we will work to build the strongest case possible and work directly with the at-fault party’s insurance provider to negotiate a settlement or, if necessary, argue your case in court.
Our comprehensive commitment to our slip and fall accident clients means that we will provide the following to all of our clients:
We know that the clock is ticking when you come to see us: every moment counts when you are losing work hours while also tackling rising medical bills. We seek the quickest possible resolution of your slip and fall case and promise to stay in communication with you throughout the process to answer your questions and also to provide essential updates on our progress.
Investigation & Evidence-Gathering
We build a persuasive case by assessing all available evidence at our disposal and investigating every facet of your accident. Through this process, we can work to assign fault to a specific party for the accident while also documenting the full scope of your losses.
Protection of Your Legal Rights
We serve as your legal advocate to speak to lawyers, insurance companies, witnesses, and other parties while always keeping your best interests in mind.
Slip and Fall Accident Compensation
With our case assembled, the slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine then tabulate the total damages you have incurred. We can fight for damages such as:
- Medical treatment costs to date
- At-home or residential care
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Assistive devices and accessibility modifications
- Lost income and benefits to date
- Direct costs and out-of-pocket expenses
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
If your slip and fall accident was adequately severe to require ongoing care or to limit your return to work, you might also be eligible to claim damages such as:
- Projected future treatment costs
- Diminished quality of life
- Estimated value of future lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Permanent injury or disability
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can also help you with a wrongful death case if a slip and fall accident resulted in the death of a loved one.
Talk to a Slip and Fall Lawyer in Duval County, FL Today
The Florida statute of limitations means that you can seek damages for a slip and fall accident in Duval County for a brief window of time.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine as soon as possible to pursue legal action. For your free consultation and case review, call us now at 1-800-747-3733.