Getting You the Compensation You Deserve
Fasig | Brooks successfully has prosecuted hundreds of slip and fall cases, with verdicts and settlements ranging from a few hundred to over a million dollars. We have succeeded in claims against Wal-Mart, Winn Dixie, Publix, Home Depot, Albertson’s, IGA, and many others. If you are injured due to a slip and fall accident on another’s premises, you may be entitled to compensation. To be awarded compensation, you must settle your case or file a civil lawsuit.
You need an experienced Tallahassee slip and fall attorney to negotiate on your behalf to settle your case. If you file a lawsuit, you must prove that the defendant’s negligence led directly to the injury you suffered. Florida businesses have a duty to make reasonable efforts to maintain their premises, keeping floors free of transitory foreign substances. In other words, they have a duty to make a reasonable effort to keep their floors clean. To prove they didn’t make a reasonable effort, you need the trial attorneys at Fasig | Brooks. We represent clients in slip, trip, and fall cases in Tallahassee, Orlando, Jacksonville, and all of Florida.
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Premises liability is the legal obligation that property owners, landlords, and managers have to provide and maintain a reasonably safe environment for their guests anyone who visits the premises, including but not limited to:
- Tenants or residents
- Any other guests
Premises liability encompasses many different obligations to keep guests safe from toxic fumes, fires, dog bites, and defective products. Slip and fall is a type of premises liability case in which an injured individual can receive compensation. If you were injured on someone’s property, then you have legal rights.
When a property owner, landlord, or manager fails to keep their property safe for these visitors or guests, they may be responsible for any ensuing accidents due to unsafe conditions. This means that property owners also owe a duty of care to visitors to property, which is a legal obligation to do whatever it takes to keep their property safe, such as scheduling regular maintenance checks and making repairs as soon as they’re needed.
Of course, things happen. Pooling water from plumbing leaks, for example, or food items that have fallen and splattered on the floor are unfortunate accidents that happen on almost any property. However, under the duty of care, a property owner must respond to these situations and rectify them immediately before an accident occurs. Employees at grocery stores, for example, should clean up spills to prevent injury from a slip fall. A significant problem occurs when negligent property owners are aware of a dangerous condition that could lead to fall injuries but fail to fix them.
Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents in Tallahassee, FL
In our experience, most slip and fall cases result from:
- Wet surfaces
- Uneven surfaces
- Poorly marked signage
- Foreign objects in walkways
- Improperly maintained surfaces
Frequently Asked Questions About Slip and Fall Accidents
Below are answers to common questions about slip and fall accidents.
Why do slip and falls happen?
Unfortunately, slip and falls often occur in nursing homes. Poor balance, deteriorating eyesight, and other common factors among geriatrics make them far more vulnerable to falling. The staff at the nursing home should maintain good supervision over the residents most likely to fall.
Falls also occur when employers do not take the proper precautions and cut corners that infringe on workers’ safety. Ideally, in a safe workplace, nobody will get hurt. Call us now if you were injured in a fall at work.
Another common area for slips and falls is grocery and retail stores. People or employees can lose grip of a liquid product, causing a spill on the floor, but the store is responsible for taking care of the issue right away, so nobody gets hurt. When they do not clean up the mess and put up a “wet floor” sign, then guests to the property can get hurt.
What are some common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents?
Common injuries associated with a slip or fall accident include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hip fractures
- Broken ribs
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Neck and shoulder injuries
What types of compensation could I receive in my personal injury case?
There are two types of financial compensation that can be recovered in personal injury claims under Florida law if an individual suffered a serious injury on someone else’s property: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include your medical treatment, lost wages, and future lost earnings if your injuries from your accident render you unable to work. Non-economic damages for a fall accident include pain and suffering. Undoubtedly, your personal injury was emotionally distressing to you, and the slip and fall may have affected your family as well. If you were used to living a full and active life but are limited due to an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, then you should have a lawyer fighting for you. You deserve fair compensation from the property owner or their insurance company for the emotional distress you endured.
How long do I have to file my slip and fall case?
You have four years to file your personal injury claim under Florida law. Call (850) 777-7777 now to talk to a Tallahassee FL personal injury lawyer about slip and fall accidents. Even though you have a few years, you still want to file your claim as soon as possible after your accident. The first reason is that it’s harder to prove negligence in a claim if the defendant’s attorneys can argue that your injury wasn’t due to their client’s negligence and that your injury was caused by something else. Another reason why you should call a lawyer right away is that even though you have four years to file your claim, it’s not something that happens overnight. The legal system takes time, so you want to call us about your slip and fall personal injury as soon as possible.
How can a slip and fall lawyer help me recover compensation for my injuries?
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, then for you to receive a fair settlement, your slip and fall lawyer will have to prove that:
- The defendant owns, operates, or manages the property where your injury occurred
- That the defendant acted negligently by not taking reasonable precautions to prevent the injury
- You sustained injuries that required medical care
- The defendant’s negligent acts caused your injuries
A slip and fall lawyer from Fasig | Brooks law firm at our Tallahassee office can further advise you on the compensation you can recover when you file your claim.
Compensatory & Punitive Damages in Slip & Fall Cases
Determining the extent of the damages and the level of compensation due following a slip and fall accident can be challenging. One must account for present and future medical expenses and additional costs the injury will incur. It takes Tallahassee slip and fall accident lawyers with the experience to get it right. At Fasig | Brooks, we’ve been representing slip and fall clients since 1983.
We make certain the compensatory damages that are awarded fully cover your medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and any ongoing psychological effects, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If the defendant was particularly reckless or irresponsible, we seek punitive damages.
If you lost a loved one in an accident in a fall accident, then let Fasig | Brooks handle the legal aspects of your loss. When you are grieving, the last thing you need on your plate is to argue with an insurance company. We have years of experience getting justice for the family members of persons killed due to another’s negligence.
Call Fasig | Brooks
When you are seeking compensation for your financial losses after a Tallahassee accident, then call Fasig | Brooks. We are a respected personal injury law firm in related practice areas, including wrongful death. We leave no stone unturned when we investigate your case to determine who is the liable party, whether it’s your employer, a grocery chain, retail store, or hotel.
Contact us in Tallahassee at (850) 777-7777, Orlando at (407) 286-6000, or Jacksonville at (904) 222-3333 to learn more.