A slip and fall injury can lead to serious and costly complications, including brain trauma, spinal injury, and broken bones. If you suffered a slip and fall injury, you might be wondering:
- How am I going to pay my medical bills?
- What if I have to miss work?
- How will I afford therapy and rehabilitation?
- Is someone else responsible for my injuries?
- How do I pursue compensation?
- What if they deny responsibility?
- How do I prove the other party is liable?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- Where can I find the best slip and fall injury lawyer in Davie?
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, our attorneys specialize in slip and fall accidents. We have helped many injury victims win big settlements and we can put our vast resources to work for you. We offer free consultations in our local office, so call 800-747-3733 today for an appointment.
The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help you win compensation after a slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents occur for many reasons. Even if it is not obvious at first, a good chance exists that someone else is at least partially responsible for your injury. Our attorneys investigate the circumstances of your slip and fall case with the goal of identifying all potentially responsible parties. From there, we accumulate evidence and build a case proving their liability. We always pursue the maximum compensation under the law and, if necessary, we can take your claim all the way to a jury trial.
Here are some common causes of slip and fall injuries for which someone else might be liable:
- Slippery floors;
- Uneven pavement;
- Loose or missing stairs;
- Loose or missing handrails; and
- Unmarked wires or electrical cords on floors.
While these are the most common causes of slip and fall injuries, you should speak to an attorney no matter the circumstances of yours. Our lawyers can answer your questions and offer a thorough assessment of your claim.
How can an attorney help me hold the responsible party liable for my slip and fall injuries?
The process of establishing liability for slip and fall injuries is not always cut and dry. The skill and experience of your personal injury lawyer matter a great deal.
Premises liability laws in the state essentially require two things of property owners or managers:
- They must keep their property reasonably safe from hazards; and
- If a hazard should emerge, they must fix it promptly and, in the meantime, provide visitors sufficient warning of its existence.
Imagine, for instance, a worker transporting a pallet of water jugs at a grocery store spills one or more of them, creating a slip and fall hazard on the floor surface. Florida law requires the store to clean up the slippery surface as quickly as possible and to rope off the area or place clearly visible signage alerting patrons to the danger in the meantime.
What if I was partially responsible for my fall?
Florida law carves out certain exemptions that explain when property owners are not liable for slip and fall injuries on their property:
- The injured party was a trespasser or not authorized to be on the property; or
- The injured party was engaging in horseplay or inappropriate activity that contributed to the injury.
Even if one or both of these apply to your injury, you are not necessarily ineligible for compensation. For example, while a property owner has no duty of care to a trespasser, they cannot set up booby traps or try to intentionally injure an unauthorized person. In the second scenario, there is room for interpretation and argument as to what constitutes horseplay or inappropriate behavior.
Contact our attorneys immediately if you played a part in your fall. We can help you determine if you are still eligible for compensation for your injuries.
How can an attorney prove liability and help me receive compensation?
In order to seek compensation on your behalf, we must prove that the property owner in your case was negligent. To do this, we will show four things in connection with your injury.
Duty of Care
First, we must show that the property manager or owner had a duty of care to you. Typically, this involves demonstrating that you were an invited guest to the property. Store customers, hotel guests, or apartment complex tenants, for instance, are all invited guests. If the accident occurred at someone’s private residence or in a public place such as a beach or park, we take additional steps to gather evidence of a duty of care.
Breach of Duty
We then establish that the responsible party breached their duty of care to you. We do this by showing that they either did not fix a hazard they knew about within a reasonable time or that they did not provide you with sufficient notice or warning of the hazard’s existence.
We also have to show that the hazard caused your slip and fall and your resulting injuries. We accomplish this by presenting photos or videos of the accident scene, eyewitness testimony, expert witness statements, and medical evidence to support your claim.
The final step of the process is linking specific damages to your injury. We pursue compensation for medical bills, therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages.
Call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine to work with an experienced slip and fall lawyer.
When you add up damages from medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other compensation for which you might be eligible, there can easily be thousands, tens of thousands, or millions of dollars at stake in a slip and fall case. That is why it is so important to have the best representation. You could potentially leave a lot of money on the table if you do not have a skilled and experienced attorney.
The attorneys at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine know how to pursue compensation for slip and fall injury victims in Davie. We will put our resources to work for you. Call 800-747-3733 today for a free consultation.