Jacksonville Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and Fall Lawyer Serving Jacksonville, FL
Have you suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall accident that you believe should have been avoided? Do you feel wronged inasmuch as now you may have suffered permanent injuries caused because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact a Jacksonville slip and fall attorney to see if you are entitled to compensation. Contact The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. today.
Slip and Fall Hazards
Slip and fall accidents are a very common but sometimes difficult to prove premises liability case. Generally, slip and fall injuries occur when a property owner fails to properly maintain their property free from any hidden hazards or dangerous conditions. Examples of hidden hazards can be a puddle of water on a white tile floor or the owner allows loose articles to collect. The water puddle or loose objects can be easily corrected and failure to correct within a reasonable time could turn out to be precisely the cause of someone else’s injuries.
Other common hazards that can cause a slip and fall include:
- Cords and wires across walkways
- Failure to put up barriers
- Lack of railings
- Unstable or broken floors or stairs
- Torn carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Spills on the floor
- Slippery walkway surfaces
If the owner or manager of a property is aware of the dangerous situation, they may be responsible for damages that occur. A slip and fall attorney can help you determine who is at fault for the dangerous situation.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
A slip and fall causes significant force to your body. The trauma can result in serious injuries, including:
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord damage
These injuries often require you to take time off work and seek medical attention. You should always see your primary care physician after an accident, but you may also need to see a physical therapist and other specialists. A slip and fall attorney can help you determine which doctors are right for you, and may even be able to connect you with medical providers who commonly treat slip and fall victims.
Who Can You Hold Liable for Your Slip and Fall Injury?
After a slip and fall, it’s important to determine who is liable. In other words, who is financially responsible for your accident? In most cases the person responsible will be a property owner or manager. It could also be a construction company, tenant, or other party who is in control of the property.
In some cases, more than one person may be responsible for a slip and fall accident (i.e., a property owner and a tenant, or a construction company and property manager). When making a claim, you must name all parties who could be legally responsible. If you fail to name a party, then your case may be dismissed or you may not be able to obtain full compensation.
Proving Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases
The person responsible may have been negligent in maintaining the safety of the property. To establish negligence, you need to prove that a person had a duty, breached that duty, and caused injuries as a result of that breach. In the case of a slip and fall, a person who is negligent may have had a duty to maintain a safe premises, but failed to do that by allowing liquid to remain on the floor. Your injuries then occurred when you slipped and fell on that liquid.
Elements You Must Prove
When determining negligence in a slip and fall accident, the following factors come into play:
- Time the Danger Existed. If the property owner or manager knew about the dangerous situation for a significant amount of time, they may be expected to have resolved the hazard.
- Cause of the Hazard. If a reasonable situation caused the hazard, such as snow fall, then a property owner or manager may not have been negligent.
- Actions of the Owner/Manager. If the property owner or manager had a process they followed to prevent and assess dangerous situations, then they may not have been negligent.
- Prevention of Danger. If the danger that caused your injuries could have been prevented by reasonable actions that were not taken, then the property owner or manager may be negligent.
What Was Your Status on the Property?
The level of duty owed to you may vary depending on your status on the property where the accident occurred:
- Invitee: Someone who is on a property for the benefit of both individuals, such as a business transaction. Property owners have the highest duty to invitees.
- Licensee: Someone who is visiting property, often for social reasons.
- Property Owner: Has a responsibility not to willfully or wantonly injury licensees.
- Trespasser: On a property without permission, and they are owed the lowest duty, if any.
Negligence is an important factor in determining legal liability. It can be difficult to prove negligence, however, because every element must be present.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents
Injuries from slip and fall accidents can include serious neck and back problems, and potentially brain injuries, hip, and other orthopedic injuries. If you have suffered injuries because of a slip and fall accident on another person’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages and other damages resulting from your accident. You should consult with a Jacksonville slip and fall accident attorney to maximize the compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries.
Contact a slip and fall attorney to find out more about recovering money for the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical limitations
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Working With an Insurance Company After a Slip and Fall
The property owner’s insurance company may try to work directly with you. They may even offer you a settlement right away. But never take the insurance company’s first offer. It is often a lowball offer that will not cover your losses.
You deserve adequate compensation to cover your expenses and suffering. An experienced slip and fall attorney can negotiate an appropriate settlement with the insurance company. And if the insurance company refuses to make a decent offer, your attorney can litigate your case in court.
Contact a Jacksonville Slip and Fall Accident Attorney at The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A.
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