A “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” is an accident that could occur after someone encounters dangerous or unsafe conditions on someone else’s property. Slipping on water that a store failed to clean up or tripping over an uneven carpet in a hallway, these accidents can cause severe injuries. Victims of slip and falls can suffer from permanent impairments that affect their ability to work or engage in hobbies and activities they enjoy.
When a slip and fall accident leaves you suffering serious injuries, a Florida personal injury lawyer with Ged Lawyers can help you get the compensation you need to recover. During our free consultation, our legal team can determine the strengths of your personal injury case and the best way to proceed.
Florida Property Owners Have a Duty to Keep Visitors Safe
Slip and fall accidents can occur on commercial, residential, or public properties. When you visit a store or property, you have the reasonable expectation that you will be safe from harm. You expect spills to be cleaned up promptly, sidewalks and walkways to be even, and guardrails and handrails securely fastened. Regardless of where a slip and fall occurs, all property or building owners are responsible for ensuring their premises are safe for visitors, which is legally referred to as a duty of care.
When a business or property owner fails to maintain their building and grounds and an injury results, they have breached that duty to you and owe you compensation for your losses.
You might benefit from the services of a Florida slip and fall lawyer. Our team has a history of winning and employs the necessary resources and tenacity to secure compensation to cover your pressing needs and preserve your financial security.
How Our Florida Slip and Fall Attorney Could Help You
Did you suffer injuries from a slip, trip, or fall accident on another person’s Florida property? If so, you’ll want to take prompt action to preserve evidence and investigate the accident. That’s where the team at Ged Lawyers can help. Our premises liability attorneys will take the necessary measures to protect your rights.
In addition, our trip and fall accident attorneys aggressively negotiate with the property owner and their insurers for financial compensation. If we cannot reach a reasonable insurance settlement, we will not hesitate to take them to court. We always aim to seek the maximum amount you need to recover from the accident.
We Handle Slip and Fall Cases Throughout Florida
With our legal team headquartered in Boca Raton, and additional offices in Sarasota, Naples, Estero, and Panama City, we can work with you to secure compensation following your Florida slip and fall accident:
How Our Law Firm Will Handle Your Slip and Fall Case
Now is not the time for you to worry about filing insurance claims. Our law firm can lead your case for damages. When you become our client, we will:
- Investigate your slip and fall accident to determine what happened
- Collect evidence that supports your injuries and costs
- List all potentially liable parties that could owe you compensation
- Assess all your damages (economic and non-economic) and assign a dollar amount to your compensation case
- Negotiate with insurance companies for your financial compensation
- Review all potential settlement offers to ensure you seek maximum compensation for your damages
- Prepare and file an injury lawsuit against the liable party if we cannot settle your case outside of court
- Fight for your financial compensation at trial if necessary
We will manage your entire case while you recover from your injuries. You will have the time you need to receive medical treatment and recover at home.
We Can Work on Your Florida Slip and Fall Case Without Upfront Costs or Fees
Our law firm offers a free, no-obligation consultation where you can review your legal options and determine what steps you can take to recover compensatory damages after a slip and fall accident.
If you decide to hire a Florida slip and fall lawyer from our team, we will work on your case on contingency. This means we will work on your case without requiring a retainer or an upfront payment. This arrangement allows us to take prompt action against negligent property and business owners in a premises liability lawsuit. It also means you don’t have to worry about having money to receive legal representation. If we don’t recover fair compensation for you, you won’t have to pay us. We will only receive a payment if you win your case.
We can explain this arrangement during your initial consultation. You can contact Ged Lawyers today to discuss your slip and fall accident.
When Do You Have Grounds for a Slip and Fall Claim in Florida?
It may not always be clear whether a slip and fall lawyer in Florida can help with your case. In addition, you may want to be sure you have grounds for a claim before reaching out to a personal injury lawyer.
However, contacting a slip and fall injury attorney can help you determine your rights to compensation for your damages. As you weigh your options, keep these considerations in mind:
- Someone else’s negligence or misconduct must have been the cause of your slip and fall injuries
- You must have suffered damages that have significantly affected your life
This last consideration does not necessarily mean your injuries must have been life-threatening or catastrophic. However, your injury must affect you financially, emotionally, or physically to have grounds for a claim.
Proving a Florida Premises a Liability Claim
Before our personal injury law firm can prove that a property owner is responsible for your damages, we must prove:
- They owed you a legal duty of care to keep you safe from a dangerous condition on a property they owned, leased, occupied, or otherwise controlled
- They knew about the dangerous condition, had a reasonable amount of time to know about it or address it, but they didn’t.
- You suffered injuries and losses in an incident caused by the dangerous condition.
- You now have compensatory damages because of the incident.
Of course, if you are still unsure whether you have the right to compensation for your damages, you could contact the team at Ged Lawyers 24/7 for a free legal consultation. Our personal injury team can advise you on how you could recover a fair settlement for your damages.
What Damages Can You Recover in a Florida Slip and Fall Accident?
Depending on the property owner’s policy, the insurance company does not have to compensate you for every loss. In addition, sometimes, a property owner may not have insurance coverage. Either instance could require you to bring your case to court to recover your damages in their entirety.
You have the right to recover economic and non-economic damages. Some economic damages you could recover in your Florida slip and fall accident claim include:
- Loss of income and benefits
- Reduced earning potential
- Medical care costs, rehabilitation expenses, and equipment fees
- Household maintenance costs
- Childcare expenses
- Property damage
Your Slip and Fall Case May Also Include Non-Economic Damages
Some examples of non-economic damages you could recover include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Impaired quality of life
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
- Skin scarring and disfigurement
Wrongful Death Damages Are Available to Some Family Members
Families who have lost a loved one to fatal injuries in a slip and fall accident might be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable parties. Our Florida wrongful death lawyer can review with you how wrongful death actions work and explain which family members could receive compensation.
Parties who recover wrongful death damages could recover various losses, including:
- The decedent’s medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The decedent’s lost household income
- Other losses
Are Punitive Damages Available for Your Slip and Fall Case?
Slip and fall accident victims may be able to recover punitive damages in their case. However, the court must find it necessary to take legal action beyond the compensable damages you are entitled to recover. You must convince the jury that punitive damages are required to send a message to the property owner and the public that the defendant’s conduct will not be tolerated.
How Are Florida Slip and Fall Accident Victims Compensated?
Slip and fall accident victims in Florida may be entitled to compensation through an insurance settlement or a personal injury lawsuit. For example, if the property owner carries liability insurance coverage, you could file an injury claim with the property owner’s insurance provider to recover specific types and amounts of damages.
However, insurance settlements frequently only cover medical expenses and property damages. Thus, you may find your remaining damages are ineligible for compensation through the insurance company. That would leave your only recourse to file a lawsuit to recover your outstanding losses.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), slip, trip, and fall accidents led to more than 6.8 million emergency department visits in 2020. They often happen in public places like grocery stores, malls, office buildings, resorts, and restaurants.
While victims often blame themselves when a trip and fall occurs, in many cases, the property owner’s negligence is ultimately to blame.
Ged Lawyers protects the rights of victims in these cases. Common causes of injuries in cases our slip and fall accident attorneys take on include:
- Slippery, wet floors due to spills or condensation
- Torn carpeting and loose tiles
- Cluttered aisles
- Broken or uneven surfaces
- Poor lighting
- Lack of handrails on stairs and at heights
- Uneven walkways, loose paving stones, and a lack of proper landscaping in outdoor areas
Our Florida premises liability lawyer will review the defective conditions that led to your injuries and seek financial recovery that can help you move forward after the accident. Injury victims have rights in Florida, and our personal injury attorneys will protect them as we work on your behalf.
Get Help From Our Florida Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
Florida law provides a limited period to bring premises liability claims, so you’ll want to act quickly to protect your legal rights. Are you ready to pursue justice and compensation for your slip and fall injuries? Then contact Ged Lawyers today for your free case review.