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Slip and Fall/Premises Liability Claims

Question:

Are witnesses important in a Florida slip and fall case?

Answer:

Witnesses can be very important in a slip and fall case. However, I would suggest that the more important thing to do better get photographs of the condition as it was when you had the slip and fall. It’s important to hire an attorney to do the investigation and make sure that all witnesses are contacted and all photographs are obtained.

Question:

Can I receive compensation from a Florida store where I was injured in a slip and fall accident?

Answer:

You can make a claim and certainly receive compensation if it can be proven that the store itself was negligent, meaning that they did something they shouldn’t have done or didn’t do something they should have done. The best way to ensure that this happens is to document the condition as it was when you had the slip and fall.

Question:

How complicated are Florida slip and fall cases?

Answer:

Although the medical issues aren’t particularly complicated, it’s simply a matter of looking at your medical expenses and records, the liability issues, meaning what caused you to fall and who’s at fault for that, are very complicated. It’s very important that you contact a lawyer to discuss these issues as quickly as possible to notify the at-fault party to try to preserve the scene if you can.

Question:

How long do I have to file a Florida slip and fall case?

Answer:

In Florida, you have four years in which to file your lawsuit. However we recommend you not wait that long. Especially in a slip and fall case because the condition will change. The condition that is that caused you to fall. It’s important to bring your claim as quickly as possible to ensure the investigation can be done.

Question:

How quickly should I contact an attorney in a Florida slip and fall case?

Answer:

You should contact an attorney as quickly as possible. Obviously, you want to get your medical treatment first, but soon after that, contact a lawyer. These types of cases are very difficult in terms of investigating the liability. It’s important to get on that as quickly as possible.

The property owner is likely to change the condition shortly after your fall. Getting photographs, taking measurements, hiring experts … all critical in slip and fall cases. The sooner you can get started on that the better it is for your case.

Question:

I was attacked in a dark parking lot Is the owner responsible for my injuries and damages? Beltz & Beltz

Answer:

It’s possible. It depends on what kind of security that had present and what knowledge they may have had. If there could have been crimes committed in the area, it’s important to have an attorney take a look at these cases, these negligent security cases and evaluate them for you.

Question:

Is the owner of a Florida business or other premises legally responsible for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident?

Answer:

They can be responsible if it’s determined that they did something they shouldn’t have done or didn’t do something they should have done in terms of maintaining the premises. An investigation is critical, hiring an attorney early on is also critical.

Question:

Should I give a statement to the Florida property or business owner’s insurance company if I was injured in a slip and fall?

Answer:

We would recommend you not give a statement to the business owner or property owner where you had your slip and fall. Certainly we recommend you contact an attorney first to discuss this. If it’s decided that it may be beneficial to give the statement, you should certainly have that attorney present with you at the time.

Question:

Should I seek medical treatment if I was injured in a slip and fall?

Answer:

Absolutely, and the sooner the better. If you’ve sustained injuries, you need documentation of those injuries. The longer you wait to get treatment, the more likely it is that the premises owner or business owner will make the argument that your injuries were not caused by the slip and fall, and were in fact caused by something which occurred after the fact. Before you obtained treatment.

Question:

Should I take any photographs if I was injured in a slip and fall?

Answer:

Always, always take photographs. In slip and fall cases, especially, those photographs may make the entire case for you. Keep in mind the condition that caused you to fall is not going to be in existence by the time the case moves forward. If it’s a mess or water on the floor it will be cleaned up. Those photographs are critical to proving exactly what the condition was at the time you had the fall.

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