Imagine you are shopping at your favorite store when you suddenly slip and fall to the ground and suffer severe injuries. You later find out the store had a broken step that management was aware of but refused to fix. What can you do?
Nothing can erase the physical and emotional injuries you suffered in the accident. However, the West Palm Beach slip and fall injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to do something to ease the financial burden you now face because of your injuries.
We file personal injury claims on behalf of slip and fall accident victims to make sure property owners and store managers do not get away with negligent maintenance of their property.
What Damages Can I Recover After a Slip and Fall?
You may be facing debilitating, even permanent injuries because of your accident. Many slip and fall victims suffer serious sprains, broken bones, brain injuries, or spinal cord damage. Our attorneys will collect proof of the costs associated with your injuries and pursue damages that mitigate those costs.
We will seek compensation for:
- Your medical bills
- The costs of any rehabilitation or physical therapy
- The cost of your prescription drugs
- The expense of mental health support
- Your lost wages
- Your future medical care costs
- Reimbursement for your future lost earning potential
- Compensation for your pain and suffering
- Any other injury-related damages
Our slip and fall injury attorneys collect evidence of your expenses and losses to ensure your claim or lawsuit is not undervalued. We want to make sure an insurance company or court recognizes the full scope of your circumstances.
Documenting Your Losses
Slip and fall injuries vary in severity, and expenses also differ from year to year. For example, the cost of that broken leg could depend on the kind of break—compression, spiral, transverse, etc.
Our West Palm Beach slip and fall injury attorneys can gather evidence, such as medical bills and wage statements, to support your case. At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to pursuing fair compensation. Our aim is for you to recover your accident-related expenses.
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How Can a West Palm Beach Slip and Fall Injury Attorney Help Me Recover Damages?
There are generally two steps to recovering damages after a slip and fall accident. The first step is filing a claim with the property owner’s insurer. This involves dealing with insurance adjusters, filling out paperwork, and negotiating possible settlements—all aspects of your claim we can handle for you.
If the insurer does not make you a fair offer for your damages, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys are highly trained to handle the insurance claim process, as well as the court process. We can support you through both steps if necessary.
Filing an Insurance Claim in West Palm Beach
When we file your claim with the property owner’s insurance company, the adjuster on your case may seem friendly and willing to help you in any way they can. Do not let their kindness fool you. An insurance adjuster is loyal to their employer and will do whatever it takes to avoid paying you compensation. In fact, they may try to trick you into:
- Admitting liability in a recorded statement
- Accepting a lowball settlement offer
- Downplaying your injuries
- Agreeing to settlement terms you don’t understand
- Settling too quickly before you know all your losses
These tactics and others are employed by adjusters just so they do not have to pay you what you deserve. Insurance companies stay in business by denying or devaluing valid accident claims.
One of our attorneys can act as your voice throughout the claims process. We will provide your insurance adjuster with all the information they need to make a fair decision. At the same time, we will coach you through the process to make sure you do not give them any reason to deny your claim. We can even help you draft your official statement, so you don’t have to worry about the wording.
After the investigation is complete, we will help you decide whether to accept the insurer’s settlement offer. In some cases, the insurer will determine that the property owner was at fault for your injuries and make you an offer to settle your claim. We will negotiate with your insurer to get you the most money possible. However, if the insurer insists on making an unfair offer, we will prepare to file suit.
Filing a Lawsuit After Your Accident
If a settlement is not an option, we will likely move forward with your lawsuit against the parties that own and maintain the property where your injuries occurred. In order to file a successful lawsuit, we will need to prove that the property owners were negligent in ensuring the safety of the property and that this negligence caused your injuries.
That proof involves providing evidence of:
- The property owner’s duty of care to keep you safe on their premises
- Their violation of that duty of care
- The hazard that resulted from their lack of care
- The extent of your injuries and how that qualifies you for damages
In essence, demonstrating negligence is a process of connecting the dots between a property owner’s carelessness and your injuries. That connection then illustrates your right to compensation.
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How Will a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Prove the Facts of My Case?
Whether we are filing a claim with an insurance company or going to court against the property owner responsible for your damages, we will need to prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. We can prove this by establishing a few key facts about your case.
You Had Visitor Status When You Suffered Your Accident
If you were a business invitee or a social guest on the property, your visitor status will qualify you to recover damages. Under Florida’s premises liability laws, all property owners or managers must maintain a safe environment for their invited guests or business customers. If they fail to do this, we can hold them liable for your damages.
However, if you were a trespasser, the property owner may not be liable for your injuries unless they were grossly negligent or were aware of your presence but failed to warn you of any known hazards (Florida Statutes § 768.075). We can help explain the difference between an invitee and a trespasser.
A Dangerous Hazard on the Premises Caused Your Accident
We will first prove there was a dangerous hazard on the property by showing pictures and video of the uneven sidewalk, broken step, unlit walkway, or other dangerous conditions that caused your fall. We will also prove that the property owner knew about a dangerous condition but failed to fix it—or that the property owner should have known about the condition—by using:
- Maintenance reports
- Inspection records
- Expert analysis
Some slip and fall cases can boil down to a timeline, showing when a hazard became apparent and when you fell. For instance, if someone spilled their drink in a restaurant and you immediately slipped, the property owner didn’t have time to recognize and clean up the hazard. By contrast, if someone spilled their drink and an hour went by with no clean-up, causing you to fall, the property owner is negligent.
Insurance adjusters and property owners may try to minimize the hazard that caused your accident. With evidence, we can present literal pictures of what caused your fall, as well as a figurative picture of the entire scenario.
The Property Hazard Caused Your Fall and Injuries
We will show that the accident would not have occurred had it not been for the hazard by presenting expert testimony, photo evidence, and eyewitness statements. However, in some cases, the victim may also be partially at fault for their own injuries. In Florida, victims that are partially responsible can still recover some damages under the theory of comparative negligence.
In other words, if the court finds you 30 percent responsible for your fall because you tripped over your own shoelaces, they will award you 70 percent of the total damages. When we evaluate your case, we can counter an insurance adjuster’s determination of fault if they try to shift more blame onto you.
You Suffered Damages as a Result of Your Fall
Your medical records and testimony from your doctors will prove you suffered injuries in the slip and fall. The court will consider your medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses when determining how much to award you in damages.
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After a Slip and Fall, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Can Help
Whether you are dealing with an insurance company or a property owner in court, it is important to have the right attorney representing you in your premises liability case. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine have years of experience fighting for the rights of South Florida slip and fall victims and helping them file successful claims for damages.
If you suffered injuries after a fall, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to discuss your options for financial recovery.
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