Did you suffer injuries from a slip and fall at a business in South Florida? Slip and fall cases are rarely simple. Your experienced slip-and-fall lawyer can help you build your case against the company or property owner. You may have the right to seek compensation from the business owner or the negligent property owners, depending on the circumstances of your case.
Before searching for a “slip and fall lawyer near me,” learn more about slip and fall cases from the personal injury attorneys at Cohen & Juda, P.A. At our law firm, we represent South Florida victims against negligent property owners. Read more below about slip and fall cases and finding the right personal injury lawyer to represent you.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents often lead to an assortment of injuries for victims. Many people experience minor to severe injuries due to a slip or fall, including:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Hairline fractures
- Broken wrists, hips, knees, or elbows
- Bruising and contusions
Slip and fall accident victims should charge negligent property owners or businesses to hold them liable for failing to maintain a safe environment for visitors. While some of these injuries can appear minor, they may cause lasting problems for a victim. An experienced slip and fall accident lawyer can help you build your case.
Liability of the Property Owner
To charge a business or property owner with negligence that caused your slip and fall accident, you must provide proof of the negligence that led to the accident. To prove negligence, you must provide evidence that at least one of these conditions was true:
- The walking surface was damaged, or uneven, such as by a large crack or pothole, and the business or property owner was aware long enough to have it fixed but failed to do so.
- The owner or an employee was aware of a slippery substance but failed to mark the area to indicate a hazard, such as with a wet floor sign.
- The property owner failed to maintain lighting, which made the hazard hard to see in dim lighting.
- The property or business owner failed to identify the condition as a hazard and did not address the danger before your accident.
- The business owner, property owner, or employee created the hazardous condition that led to your accident and was aware that the situation could cause an accident.
- Or a similar circumstance to one of the conditions listed above.
Speak with a knowledgeable slip and fall lawyer to help you gather evidence of negligence that led to your slip and fall accident. Your injury lawyer can request that the court subpoena safety inspection logs, incident reports that might prove an ongoing negligence problem, and other documents to help you build your case and seek compensation for your injuries.
Comparative Negligence in Florida
Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning you may see a reduction in your compensation awards if you are in any part responsible for your slip and fall accident. Other states maintain a policy for contributory negligence, where the court could refuse compensation if you were partly responsible for the accident that caused your injuries.
Florida courts will determine what percent liable you were for your injuries as a comparative negligence state. For example, if they decided you were 20% liable for your accident, they would reduce your $10,000 award to $8,000. The courts could find you partly liable if, at the time of the accident, you were:
- Talking or texting on your phone.
- Under the influence.
- In an unauthorized area.
- Otherwise distracted to see posted warning signs about the hazard.
How Do I Find a Slip and Fall Lawyer Near Me?
You can search for “slip and fall accident lawyers near me” online or ask family and friends for personal injury lawyer recommendations. Compare reviews and learn more about how each law firm operates. When you have a short list of personal injury attorneys, call each law firm and ask some questions, including:
- Does each attorney focus on their own cases, or does the legal team often meet to discuss cases and get new perspectives and experiences?
- Does the law firm offer consultations, or do you have to sign a retainer immediately?
- Does the law firm work on contingency (meaning you don’t pay unless you win or settle)?
At Cohen & Juda, P.A., we offer consultations, work on contingency, have full-time availability, and will even offer a second opinion on your case if you already have a slip and fall accident lawyer.
Cohen & Juda, P.A., in South Florida Will Represent You Personally
Mr. Cohen and Mr. Juda each have over 30 years of experience representing personal injury victims in South Florida. Call today at 954-424-1440 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with a slip and fall lawyer at Cohen & Juda, P.A.
Copyright © 2022. Cohen and Juda, P.A. All rights reserved.
The information in this blog post (“post”) is provided for general informational purposes only and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information in this post should be construed as legal advice from the individual author or the law firm, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting based on any information included in or accessible through this post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country, or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.