If you slipped and fell due to a hazard that a property owner or manager ignored or otherwise did not repair, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and damages. Even a simple slip, trip, or wrong step in a public place has devastating consequences. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you hold the at-fault party responsible.
We will relentlessly pursue your claim for compensation after a fall-related injury. To speak with a slip and fall injury associate in Naples, call us today. We offer free consultations and case evaluations to South Florida slip and fall accident victims.
Who Pays for My Injuries After a Fall in Naples?
According to the Florida Department of Health (FDH), the statewide cost of slip and fall injuries exceeded $3.9 billion in 2013. The average individual hospital bill was almost $50,000. When you consider the additional costs of future medical care, rehabilitation, lost wages, and the potential of future earnings losses, the cost of a slip or fall accident becomes overwhelming.
We Help You File Your Insurance Claim
If your accident occurred because of a property owner’s negligence, that person or business – or their liability insurance carrier – may be responsible for your damages. Under the legal concept of premises liability, we can hold the property owner financially responsible for all these injury-related damages.
We help file, track, and manage the insurance claim so you can rest and focus on feeling better.
What Compensation Could I Recover for a Florida Slip and Fall Case?
An attorney will evaluate your injuries and damages and seek compensation that may include the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property loss or damage
- Pain and suffering
If your injuries render you disabled, we can pursue future loss of income, diminished quality of life, and other damages.
What is Premises Liability?
Florida Statutes §768.0755 requires that all property owners and managers must keep their property reasonably safe and hazard-free for their guests. This is known as premises liability. If a dangerous situation arises, the property owner must take immediate steps to fix it.
If they cannot immediately fix the hazard, they must make their guests aware of the danger by cordoning off the area or posting obvious warning signs. If they fail to do these things, they are liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
You Must Show You were Not at Fault or Trespassing
If you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, engaging in reckless behavior, or were not watching where you were going, you may be partially responsible for your accident. We must prove that you were not responsible for your fall or did not contribute to your own injuries.
If you were trespassing, the property owner may not be liable for your damages. Our attorneys can look at the details of your case to prove who was responsible for your fall. We can collect evidence of your costs using your medical bills, receipts, employment records, and expert testimony regarding your future costs.
What Role Does Property Owner Negligence Play in My Claim?
To pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, we need to prove that the property owner behaved recklessly or carelessly, and you suffered as a result. This is negligence.
We will collect the evidence we need to show:
- You were not trespassing and had a right to be on the premises when you were injured.
- The property owner or manager allowed a dangerous situation to exist or failed to warn you about it.
- You fell and injured yourself because of that hazard.
- You suffered real damages because of your fall.
One of the biggest hurdles we face in slip and fall cases is proving the property owner knew about the hazard that caused your injury—or should have known about it. Property owners often claim they were unaware of the danger. However, if we can show a reasonable person would have noticed it and fixed the problem, we can still hold them liable for your damages.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
After a fall, you are likely facing debilitating injuries and a stressful, uncertain future. With the help of a lawyer, you can focus on your rest and recovery while pursuing the compensation you need to pay for your injury-related costs.
Our attorneys will go to work immediately on your case. We secure evidence to show how the property owner is responsible for your injuries and damages.
This evidence might include:
- Collecting photos
- Accident reports
- Eyewitness testimony
- Employee statements
- Maintenance records
- Video surveillance footage
- Company safety policies
A Naples slip and fall accident lawyer may also consult our extensive network of accident reconstruction experts to determine if any other hazards, including poor signage or faulty lighting, contributed to your accident.
We Pursue Compensation on Your Behalf
We will present evidence of negligence—along with proof of your injury-related damages—to the property owner’s insurer. We will negotiate with them directly, and if we cannot reach an acceptable settlement, you have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Our Lawyers Go the Extra Mile for Our Clients
Our passion is helping injured Floridians recover compensation and justice from those responsible for their suffering.
Here are a few recent client reviews:
- “The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine went above and beyond all expectations in providing me with top-notch service and follow through in successfully settling my case for me and negotiating my medical bills.” Adam S.
- “If you have to hire an attorney to represent you during a difficult time, there is no other choice than Anidjar and Levine. Everyone I dealt with was great.” Charles L.
- “A completely and thoroughly enjoyable legal experience from beginning to conclusion of my case.” Jos I.
A Naples slip and fall injury lawyer can explain your legal rights and offer you the guidance you need during this stressful time. You pay us nothing unless and until we secure a settlement from the liable party.
How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
A fall can occur in a variety of ways. Any time a hazard exists in a public place, visitors may be at risk for an injury.
Some common scenarios include:
- Broken sidewalks, uneven pathways, and other difficult walking surfaces
- Obstacles that lack proper markings, such as curbs or steps
- Spills, leaks, and otherwise wet surfaces
- Poorly maintained parking lots
- Stairs or steps without proper handrails
- Dim or insufficient lighting
- Tripping hazards such as power cords
Any one of these situations can be potentially life-threatening for a fall victim. A slip and fall accident can cause significant or severe injuries for victims. After a serious fall, you may face expensive medical bills and a prolonged inability to work.
Falls are a Leading Cause of Death for Floridians
In 2017, the FDH reported that slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of death for residents aged 65 and above. Falls are the number two cause of death for all state residents, outpacing both auto accident and firearms-related deaths.
Slip and fall victims may suffer:
- Dislocated joints
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
The costs of dealing with these injuries can be astronomical.
How Do I Find a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer in Naples?
The personal injury lawyers with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine know how to navigate slip and fall cases. We have the experience you need to protect your right to compensation, no matter what tricks or tactics the at-fault party’s insurer tries to use. We can explain your legal rights and offer you the guidance you need during this stressful time.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation with one of our Naples slip and fall injury attorneys.