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Gainesville Slip-and-Fall Attorney

Slip and fall InjuryInjuries from a serious fall can lead to a lifetime of pain and complications. If you slip or trip due to a hazard on someone else’s property, you could fall and suffer head injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones, and many other serious problems. Recovery could take extensive treatment and months of rehabilitation, and even then you may not be back to normal. A successful slip-and-fall claim can help you pay your bills, replace lost income and find the resources that you need to recover.

At the Gainesville law firm of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., we understand how serious a slip-and-fall case can be.

We’re dedicated to helping people throughout Florida fight for the compensation they deserve. We have over 100 years of combined legal experience helping injury victims, including slip-and-fall victims in Gainesville, Alachua County and across Florida.

If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact us today for a free consultation. Call us or use our online form to get started now. One of our knowledgeable attorneys will review the details of your case ─ at no charge ─ and explain all your legal options.

How a Lawyer Can Help After a Slip-and-Fall Accident in Florida

Slip-and-fall accidents happen fast. If you were seriously injured in a fall, you likely have questions about what happened and why. At a time like this, it’s crucial to get someone on your side who knows how to build a strong slip-and-fall claim, who knows how to handle insurance companies, and who knows the law and can advocate for you.

  • A slip-and-fall lawyer can manage your case from the beginning and help you find the compensation you deserve.

  • At the start of your claim, a lawyer will investigate your accident and help determine who was responsible.

    A lawyer can talk with witnesses, speak with local authorities, investigate the scene of the accident, and gather any important information your claim needs. A slip-and-fall claim is based on many different documents, and a lawyer can pull everything your case needs together in one place.

  • A lawyer can also evaluate your injuries and let you know how much compensation you may be able to obtain.

    After an injury, you may be facing medical bills, lost wages, and many other costs. You may also be facing permanent injury that requires specialized treatment or reduces your capacity to work. In these cases, determining the level of compensation can be challenging. Lawyers use the law, expert analysis, and medical evidence to support your claim.

  • A lawyer can handle negotiations with the responsible parties or with their insurers.

    After an accident, you may be approached with an offer for settlement from an insurance company. Many times, these offers are far lower than you deserve. A lawyer can use the results of their investigation and evaluation to fight for a fair offer. When you’re injured, remember that a lawyer works for you, but an insurance company works for itself.

  • In some cases, the people or organizations responsible for an accident may refuse to settle your claim. In those cases, our experienced litigators can take your claim to court.

    We can develop your claim, develop essential legal strategies, and handle the paperwork involved with a court case. If your case needs a trial, we’ll fight throughout it for you and your recovery.

An experienced slip-and-fall lawyer can help your case in these and many other important ways. If you’ve suffered injuries because of a slip-and-fall accident, get the help you need. Contact the slip-and-fall attorneys at Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. today.

Tips for Protecting Your Rights After a Fall

After an accident, you may be unsure of what happened, or how you’ll recover. When you suffer injuries from a slip-and-fall, follow these tips to help you protect your rights:

While some injuries are serious and obviously require immediate emergency attention, others may seem less severe, and you may think you don’t need treatment. Regardless of whether you think your injuries are minor, you should contact a medical professional and get a full evaluation. Many injuries, such as those to soft tissue, may not show up for a while. A medical examination will catch problems and document them for you.

After an accident, tell the property owner or manager where and when the accident happened. Don’t get into the details of what happened, but do let them know an accident occurred. Notice to the property owner or manager is an important piece of a claim, so don’t neglect it.

They may be torn, stained, and unsuitable for use. However, they may provide important information for your case. Don’t wash them or repair them. Store them in a sealed container instead.

The condition of the accident site may change soon after you leave, so the more evidence you can gather at the time of the accident, the better. Pictures after an accident will provide your claim with evidence about why the accident happened, and who may be responsible. Remember that it’s always better to take too many photos than not enough.

They’re not gathering your statements because it’s good for you. They’re gathering them as part of their investigation in an effort to pay as little as possible on your claim. Any ambiguity or uncertainty in your statement could be used against you.

After medical treatment, do everything the doctors say you need for your care, and make sure you attend every medical appointment. When you care for yourself, you help your health and your claim.

A slip-and-fall attorney can manage your claim from day one, handle any discussions with insurance companies, and work tirelessly for the recovery that you deserve. A lawyer can also advise you on which actions to take, and how your case may develop.

What You Have to Prove in a Slip-and-Fall Claim

Each slip-and-fall case is unique and will have its own requirements and challenges. That said, there are some common elements to most slip-and-fall cases. These elements typically include establishing a duty, a breach of duty, a link between that breach and your injuries, and your injuries themselves. You’ll have to prove each element for a case to succeed.

The first thing a slip-and-fall case needs to show is that the defendant owed you a duty. That means that the defendant was obligated to protect you and keep you safe from harm on their premises. For example, a store owes a duty to customers to keep their floors safe from slipping hazards. If a jar falls and breaks, creating a hazard, the store owner has a duty to clean the spill quickly, for example.

The next thing you’ll need to show is that the defendant breached their duty to you. An example of this would be if a store knows – or should have known – about a slipping hazard but does nothing to clean it up. They knew about a dangerous condition, and they did nothing to remedy it. When an individual or an organization creates or allows dangerous conditions, they may have breached their duty to you.

After that, your claim will need to show a link between the defendant’s breach of their duty and your injuries. In short, you’ll need to show that the breach of duty resulted in your injury. For example, if you’re in a store and you slip on a spill that was unmarked, you may be able to show that the slippery floor caused your fall.

Last, you’ll need to show that you suffered compensable damages. Witness statements, medical records, photographs of torn clothing, broken cell phones, and other evidence may support your claim. Injuries from a slip-and-fall can be severe and may need detailed medical documentation. You may also need to provide documentation of your lost wages and other losses you suffered due to the accident.

It’s important to note that Florida uses a comparative negligence system for slip-and-fall accidents, meaning that the defense may argue that you were fully, or partially, responsible for the accident. They may argue that you disregarded warnings, that the hazard was obvious, or that you otherwise were responsible for the accident. If you’re considering a slip-and-fall claim, you need to be prepared for pushback by the defense, so speak with a premises liability lawyer as soon as you can.

Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents in Florida

Slip-and-fall accidents are often preventable accidents. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:

  • Unsafe surfaces. Flooring should be suitable for use by guests. For example, ramps should use a non-slip surface to prevent any accidents. If a business or individual fails to use an appropriate flooring type, they may be liable for accidents that occur.
  • Inadequate handrails. Stairs and ramps are required to have handrails for people to hold on to. In some cases, the handrails are damaged and cannot bear a person’s weight. In other cases, handrails are absent altogether. When handrails fail or are missing, the owners may be liable.
  • Lack of maintenance. Those managing a facility should keep it safe for visitors. If they fail to perform maintenance, hazardous conditions can arise.
  • Poor cleaning. At some properties, the owners may not clean the floors appropriately. They may not adequately clean up spills, or they may apply too much soap and wax, leading to dangerous conditions.
  • Poor lighting. Adequate lighting can help guests identify and avoid danger. When the lighting is inadequate, accidents may result.

If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident due to these or other reasons, contact a slip-and-fall attorney right away.

Compensation After a Serious Fall

  • A slip-and-fall accident claim may include any costs for medical treatment, now and in the future. After a serious fall, you may require medical treatment. The cost of that treatment can add up fast to thousands and thousands of dollars. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in severe injuries including head injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, nerve damage, and many others. Your injuries may require immediate emergency treatment, and they may require therapy and other treatment in the future.
  • You may also face lost work after an accident. Because slip-and-fall injuries can result in such serious problems, you may have to miss work while you heal. A claim may include the wages and income you miss because of the accident. The claim may also seek compensation for lost wages your injury may cost you in the future.
  • You may also be able to obtain compensation for the pain and suffering that you face. You may be stuck with physical pain that can disrupt your life and harm your health. You may also face mental anguish due to the pain of the accident, and lingering problems such as disfigurement. These are serious injuries with lasting consequences, so it’s important to build a strong case that can support them. A lawyer can listen to you and help you understand what options for compensation may be available.
  • You may also obtain compensation for the clothing and property you lose because of the accident. After a slip-and-fall, your clothing may be torn, stained, or damaged beyond repair. Your cell phone and other personal objects may have been damaged or destroyed too. A claim can seek compensation for your items that were damaged or destroyed due to the accident.
  • Punitive damages may be available in some cases. When a defendant’s actions were intentional or reckless, these additional damages may be available. A slip and fall attorney in Florida can review your case and help you understand if you may be entitled to punitive damages.

When a Fall Changes Your Life, We’re There

After a slip-and-fall accident, protect yourself and your claim. Contact an experienced Gainesville slip and fall Attorney at Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. We’ve helped those injured in slip-and-fall accidents across Florida, and we’re available to help you.

With over 100 years of combined experience, our talented lawyers know what it takes to build your claim.

From our office in Gainesville, we proudly represent people in Alachua County and across the state. Contact us today for a free consultation, claim review, and advice about your best legal options for recovery. Call us or fill out our online contact form now.

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