A slip and fall accident can cause significant, often severe injuries for victims. After a serious fall, you may face expensive medical bills and a prolonged inability to work. Even a simple slip, trip, or wrong step in a public place can have devastating consequences.
If you 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 other damages. The Law Firm 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 lawyer in Naples, contact us at 800-747-3733 today. We offer free consultations and case evaluations to South Florida slip and fall accident victims.
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 hard-to-traverse walking surfaces;
- Obstacles that lack proper marking, such as curbs or steps;
- Spills, leaks, and otherwise wet surfaces;
- Poorly maintained parking lots;
- Stairs or steps that lack proper handrails; and
- Temporary hazards left in walkways, like extension cords.
Any one of these situations can be potentially life-threatening for a fall victim. The Florida Department of Health (FDH) reports that slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of death for residents age 65 and above. Falls are the number two cause of death overall for all state residents, outpacing both auto accident and firearms-related deaths.
In less severe cases, victims may still suffer dislocated joints, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries. The costs of dealing with this trauma can be astronomical. That is why our attorneys will not stop until we secure you compensation.
Who Pays for My Injuries After a Fall?
According to the FDH, the statewide cost of slip and fall injuries exceeded $3.9 billion in 2013. The average individual hospital bill was just short of $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.
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. We can collect evidence of your costs using your medical bills, receipts, employment records, and expert testimony regarding your future costs.
Under the legal concept of premises liability, we can hold the property owner financially responsible for all of these injury-related damages.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is the legal standpoint that all property owners and managers must keep their property reasonably safe and hazard-free for their guests. 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.
Another component of premises liability involves your own role in the fall. We must prove that you were not responsible for your fall or did not contribute to your own injuries. 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. Furthermore, 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.
What Role Does 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 at the time of your fall;
- The property owner or manager allowed a dangerous situation to appear;
- You fell and injured yourself because of that hazard; and
- 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, collecting photos, accident reports, and any eyewitness testimony that explains what caused your fall. We can even go after hard-to-obtain evidence, such as employee statements, maintenance records, video surveillance footage, and company safety policies. We 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 will then present this evidence—along with proof of your injury-related damages—to the property owner’s insurer. We will negotiate with them directly until we secure the compensation you deserve.
How Do I Find a Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer in Naples?
The lawyers with the Law Firm 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 at 800-747-3733 to set up a free consultation with one of our Naples slip and fall injury attorneys.