One slip can land you on the ground in an instant, but the impact on your life may be long-lasting. Your injuries may keep you from working while your medical bills pile up, and you start to worry about how you will pay for everyday expenses.
If another person’s negligence caused your slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation known as damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. An Ocala personal injury lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to help you recover damages from the at-fault party.
Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident
Property owners should keep their property safe. Business owners and homeowners have an obligation to check their property for hazards, and if they find any, fix them or warn visitors about them. If they fail to do so and a visitor slips, falls and becomes injured, the owner may be legally and financially responsible for the accident.
But just because you fell on someone else’s property, it is not a given that the owner is responsible. A slip and fall accident case must contain these elements:
- Duty of care: The owner had an obligation to keep you safe by removing or warning you of hazards. The owner generally owes a duty of care to guests at his home, clients at a business, or customers at a store.
- Breach of duty: The owner knew or should have known about the hazard that caused you to fall but did not fix it or warn you about it.
- Causation: The hazard caused you to fall and sustain injuries.
- Damages: Your injuries can be compensated financially.
Common Slipping Hazards
According to University of Florida Health, common slipping hazards include loose rugs, uneven flooring, wet or icy sidewalks, and poorly lit areas. Other falling hazards include spills, broken steps or railings, potholes, cracked sidewalks, and parking lots.
Recovering Damages After a Slip and Fall Accident in Ocala
Every case is different. Some slip and falls lead to a broken arm, while others lead to a back injury. We will use evidence to estimate how much your case is worth. You may be able to recover damages for:
- Medical bills such as ambulance costs, emergency room treatment, X-rays or other diagnostic imaging, surgery, follow-up appointments, rehabilitative therapy, medical equipment, and more
- Lost wages for unpaid time off work
- Future lost wages if your injuries will keep you from going back to work
- Pain and suffering if your accident caused you mental pain and anguish, chronic pain, a long recovery, permanent disability or disfigurement, or reduced your quality of life in other ways
How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Slip and Fall Accident Case in Ocala
Our lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine serving Ocala can walk you through the tedious legal and insurance aspects of your slip and fall accident case, taking care of everything else so you can focus on getting better. Here are some ways our lawyer can help:
Help You Get the Care You Need
If you do not have a regular doctor, we can help you find appropriate medical care. We can schedule appointments for you, help you get your car fixed, and take care of any other details relating to your case.
Investigate Your Slip and Fall Accident
Our lawyer will look for evidence of negligence by the property owner. We will take pictures of the scene, interview witnesses, collect security camera footage, and more to show that the owner knew or should have known about the hazard that caused you to fall but did nothing about it.
Estimate the Value of Your Damages
We will use your medical bills and records, previous wage statements, interviews with you, your family, and your friends, and expert medical testimony to determine how much your case is worth.
Deal with the Insurance Company
Insurance representatives may sound friendly on the phone, but they may push you to accept a settlement that is less than you deserve. Our lawyers know how to effectively communicate with insurance companies. We will file an insurance claim for you, submit supporting documents, and negotiate a settlement.
Sue the Property Owner
In many cases, both sides prefer to settle out of court. However, if that doesn’t work out, we will sue the property owner to get you fair compensation.
Provide You with Responsive Legal Care
Throughout this process, we will keep you posted about your case’s progress. You will have your attorney’s phone number so you can ask questions as they come up, and we will get you the answers you deserve.
Client Testimonials for Our Firm
We work hard to get the best possible outcome for our clients. Here are some of our client testimonials:
- Viviana J:“I was very pleased with the service I received from the law firm of Anidjar and Levine. I was glad I picked this law firm to represent me. Shire was very attentive and worked hard to make sure all of my concerns were sufficiently addressed. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone!”
- Joe H:“Jonathan at Andijar and Levine was very helpful. He kept us informed and comfortable that he was doing everything that he could to get us the most for our settlement. Thank you Andijar and Levine.”
File Your Slip and Fall Lawsuit in Ocala Before the Legal Deadline
Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) establishes the statute of limitations for personal injury at four years. This law means that you have four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you wait any longer, you forfeit your right to sue.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for Your Ocala Slip and Fall Case
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and more if you were injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property in Ocala. Our lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to help you recover damages for these losses and more.
Call our office today for a free case evaluation. Because we work on contingency, we collect no payment unless we win your case.
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