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West Palm Beach Slip and Fall
Slip and fall injuries may not sound so painful at first. But if someone fails to keep their property safe and you are injured in a resulting fall, the pain can be far more long-term and the damage far more lasting than you could have imagined. Sadly, these injuries can be fairly common. Houses, restaurants, businesses, and other properties simply aren’t kept in proper condition as often as they should be. And the property owner isn’t the one who suffers as a result; it’s the visitors.
Our West Palm Beach slip and fall attorneys can assist victims of slip and fall accidents in filing a lawsuit for compensation. Compensation can help with all the bills and expenses you are burdened with. Whether the slip and fall occurred in a grocery store, shopping mall, or office building, our attorneys can work with you to determine if you have a viable lawsuit.
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, we may be able to help. To find out what our West Palm Beach slip and fall attorneys may be able to do for you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.
Elements of a Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually, with hospital costs accounting for two-thirds of the total, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a chance to have your compensation covered. You and your attorney will need to prove that your claim is valid. Under Florida law, a person injured in a slip and fall accident must satisfy the following two elements to have a valid claim:
- The owner had actual knowledge of the dangerous condition or should have reasonably known through the use of due care that the dangerous condition existed; and
- The injured victim was unaware of the dangerous condition.
To prove that a property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, your slip and fall attorney may present evidence that the dangerous condition had existed for such a long period of time that it should have been discovered by the owner of the property if he or she had exercised reasonable care in inspecting the premises.
How an Attorney Can Help
Slip and fall cases require a lot of research and thorough investigation. Morgan & Morgan attorneys are here to perform this investigation for you and build as compelling a case as we can while you focus on recovering from your injury. During your case, a slip and fall attorney may:
Gather Evidence: To prove that the owner or occupier was negligent in maintaining the property and that this negligence contributed to your injuries, your attorney may:
- Visit the scene of the accident;
- Take photographs of the dangerous condition;
- Review video surveillance to establish how long the unsafe condition existed;
- Question witnesses;
- Obtain copies of accident reports; or
- Review a store’s operational records and store cleaning logs.
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible following a slip and fall accident, because witnesses often forget important details. Over time, key pieces of evidence may become lost or destroyed. In some cases, the attorney will take depositions of store employees to establish that the area where the accident occurred was not regularly cleaned or maintained.
Assess Injuries and Necessary Medical Treatment: Your attorney will review your medical records to evaluate the extent of your injuries. Your attorney may also work with a medical expert who may offer testimony regarding the medical treatments and rehabilitation procedures needed for you to recover. In many slip and fall cases, injured victims suffer back injuries, which are among the most difficult injuries to diagnose and treat. The severity of a back injury may not become apparent until several months following the slip and fall accident. A medical expert will evaluate the extent of your injuries to help ensure you are fully compensated for the damages you suffered.
Negotiate a Settlement: In some cases, the slip and fall attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with the property owner or its insurance company. Cases often settle because property owners and their insurance companies seek to avoid the costs and negative media reports that can be associated with a jury trial. As part of the settlement process, your attorney may present evidence detailing the economic and noneconomic damages you incurred as a result of the slip and fall accident. If the settlement negotiations do not result in an adequate settlement offer, your attorney will prepare the case for trial.
Other Premises Liability Lawsuits Our Attorneys Handle
Our West Palm Beach premises liability attorneys do not limit their practice to slip and fall claims. We also represent clients in the following types of cases in Florida:
- Swimming pool accidents, including cases involving improperly secured or supervised pool areas;
- Escalator and elevator accidents;
- Assaults due to negligent or inadequate security;
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals or toxic materials, including mold and lead paint;
- Injuries from falling objects;
- Failure to warn a visitor of a dangerous condition on the property;
- Inadequate maintenance;
- Injuries at restaurants and bars;
- Exposed tree roots;
- Dog bites;
- Collapsed decks and balconies;
- Defective stairs and railings, including broken steps and missing handrails; and
- Accidents caused by uneven terrain or slippery surfaces.
Our West Palm Beach attorneys handle claims involving negligent property conditions at construction sites and other dangerous work locations. If you are an employee injured at a dangerous worksite, you may be able to seek damages through Florida’s workers’ compensation system. In addition, your attorney may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against any third parties (such as a subcontractor or manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment) if their negligence contributed to your injuries.
Contact Morgan & Morgan Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on an unsafe property, you may be able to receive compensation for your damages. Morgan & Morgan attorneys are experienced and have a track record of success. For more information, contact us for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.