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Whether you, your spouse, your aging parent, or your child was injured, coping with the effects of a serious slip and fall accident can be a life-changing experience. The financial costs can add up quickly, and the non-financial effects – the pain and suffering, the post-traumatic stress, and the loss of enjoyment of life – can seem like too much to bear. Recovering financial compensation is important, and the first step toward asserting your legal rights is to put an experienced Tallahassee slip and fall lawyer on your side.
At Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA, we help our clients recover just compensation for serious injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents. We have been fighting for Florida residents and families for more than 40 years, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our client’s losses. When you hire our firm to represent you, you will work directly with an experienced lawyer throughout your slip and fall case, and our team will work diligently to secure maximum compensation for your losses as quickly as possible.
You slipped and fell on someone else’s property. So, does this mean that you have a slip and fall claim? While slip and fall accidents are usually fairly straightforward, determining if you have a claim for financial compensation can be a challenge. Here are three questions you can ask yourself to decide if you should speak with a Tallahassee slip and fall lawyer:
If you slipped and fell in your own home, you do not have a premises liability claim (although you could potentially have a claim for a product defect or negligent construction). However, if you fell anywhere else – including a store, office, government building, public park or neighbor’s home – then you could potentially have a slip and fall claim.
On the road, all drivers owe the same duty of care to all other motorists. But, when it comes to premises liability, this is not the case. In Florida, property owners and tenants owe varying duties of care depending on why someone else is on their property:
Finally, why did you fall? If you were being reckless or if you ignored an obvious risk, then your injury might be on you. But, if you fell as a result of almost any other issue, then there is a good chance that you are entitled to financial compensation. For example, common grounds for pursuing premises liability claims in Georgia include:
These are not the only questions you need to answer, but they are among the most important. For a comprehensive assessment of your legal rights after a slip and fall accident in Albany, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced slip and fall attorneys.
Most slip and fall accidents result in minor injuries. Some can result in serious injuries that can leave you unable to work or take care of your family.
It’s important to note that some injuries may not manifest themselves right away. Even if you felt okay immediately after your accident, you may begin experiencing symptoms in the days that follow. As a result, you should get a thorough medical exam if you are experiencing any lingering pain, stiffness, or soreness. If you were previously treated, listen to your body – schedule a follow-up examination, if you do not seem to be healing or your condition, is deteriorating.
If you suffer a severe injury related to a slip and fall, you should speak with an experienced Tallahassee slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. They can help you document your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. Your lawyer can help with the following:
Your slip and fall attorney can speak with the insurance company, your doctor, and other related parties on your behalf. They can negotiate a fair settlement of your claim or pursue legal action if the other party refuses to accept responsibility for your injury.
Slip and fall accidents can be especially dangerous for the elderly. Statistics show that older adults are more likely to slip and fall than younger people and are also much more likely to suffer severe injuries.
Mobility issues, poor balance, poor eyesight, and other common factors among the elderly all contribute to the possibility of a fall for older people. Also, they are more likely to suffer serious injuries such as broken bones or brain injuries. Finally, older people take longer to heal and are more likely to require more extensive medical treatment than younger people. Slip and fall accidents for an older adult can result in permanent disability and even death.
Property owners whose premises are frequented by the elderly arguably have a higher duty to ensure that their property is safe:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, the facts in your case are critical. An experienced Tallahassee slip and fall lawyer can review the facts surrounding your accident and help you understand your options. If the accident was due to the property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to be compensated for your injuries and any economic losses you have suffered.
In many cases, property owners and business owners will be liable for injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents. This is because property and business owners owe a “duty of care” to maintain their premises reasonably free from slip and fall risks. If you or a member of your family was injured on anyone else’s property, you should speak with a Tallahassee slip and fall lawyer about your legal rights.
The amount of compensation available depends on the severity of the injuries sustained in the accident. In Florida, slip and fall accident victims are entitled to just compensation for all of their financial and non-financial losses. This includes:
The amount of time it takes to recover just compensation for a slip and fall depends on a number of different factors as well. In many cases, it is possible to secure a favorable settlement in a matter of months. But, some cases go to trial, and the trial process can easily take a year or longer.
Yes, without question. Premises liability cases are complicated, and property and business owners (and their insurance companies) will fight vigorously to avoid liability. If you want to make sure you receive just compensation for your (or your loved one’s) injuries, you need to hire an experienced slip and fall lawyer to represent you.
If you have experienced a slip and fall injury on the sidewalk, it is possible that the local government and/or the property owner could be liable for your injuries. Local governments are often tasked with maintaining the safety of public walkways. This includes ensuring that sidewalks open to the public are free of obstructions and trip-hazards, like uneven pavement or tree roots buckling the pavement up.
Property owners will also often have a duty to ensure that their property does not encroach upon the sidewalk and cause the risk of harm. To determine what laws apply to your injury, your slip and fall attorney will review the facts of the accident or incident that led to your injury and apply their legal experience accordingly.
When a retail location is open to the general shopping public, the property owner has a duty to keep the premises safe and proactively warn about any potential risks. For example, if you were walking through the mall between stores and slipped on a patch of excess floor wax, you’d likely have a personal injury claim.
For example, if you were walking through the same mall, walked into yellow caution tape warning of a spill many feet away, then continued to walk over the spill surrounded by orange cones and fell, making a claim will be more difficult as the hazard was both guarded and warned against.
Recent injuries and even mass casualty events at music shows and sporting events have highlighted the importance of effectively managing the safety of attendees at sporting events and concerts. Whether the venue is indoor or outdoor, there are laws and regulations in place to govern how many people are allowed and what safety measures must be taken to ensure their safety. If you have been injured in a slip and fall or other accident or incident at a game or concert, you may have a claim to recover all associated costs and damages through a slip and fall claim.
Whether a swimming pool or gymnasium is open to the general public or is members-only, the property owner has a duty to keep the premises safe. While running around a swimming pool is known to lead to the risk of a slip and fall, when one happens when simply walking around a pool or gym, then the property owner may be held liable. To make your case, you’ll have to collect evidence concerning the circumstances surrounding your injury. Was the area around the pool cleaned recently enough to ensure it was not unduly slippery? Did the gym recently wax the floor and fail to warn clients about it? Your Tallahassee slip and fall lawyer will gather the evidence you need to win your claim.
If you would like more information about seeking financial compensation for a trip and fall accident in Tallahassee, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. Call 800-780-8607 to schedule an appointment, or tell us what happened and we will be in touch as soon as possible.