SLIP AND FALL
A slip and fall can occur anywhere and when you least expect it. It can occur outdoors or inside; it can occur at a business establishment or a private residence. Whatever the case may be, Goldblatt Law is here to help and guide you through the entire process from start to finish.
What you need to know?
- In Florida, a property owner has a duty to maintain his premises in a reasonably safe condition and warn against any hidden dangers of which the property owner knew or should have known.
- “Slip and fall” is a broad term that includes slip and falls, trip and falls, and step and falls.
Common causes of slip and fall incidents:
- Uneven or raised pavers.
- Accumulation of algae or mold on walkways.
- Broken sidewalk or step.
- Holes in the ground.
- Foreign substance in the walkway.
- Water or other slippery substances on the floor.
Common injuries resulting from slip and fall incidents:
- Broken bones, including hip, pelvis, wrist, knee, etc.
- Torn ligaments or tendons.
- Head injuries.
What can I do to help strengthen my claim?
- Identify precisely what caused you to fall.
- Notify the property owner of the incident timely and fill out an incident report.
- Take photographs of the area where you fell and what caused you to fall.
- Take photographs showing any subsequent repairs to the area.
- Take photographs of any visible injuries, bruising, cuts, scars, etc.
- Take note of whether there were any video cameras in the vicinity that may have captured the fall.
- Preserve the footwear you were wearing.
- Get the name and phone numbers of all witnesses.
- Seek adequate and timely medical attention for all injuries.
Why do I need an attorney?
- There are a myriad of defenses to a slip and fall case that the property owner will seek to assert. An experienced attorney can help combat and defeat those defenses utilizing his knowledge of the facts and the law.
At Goldblatt Law, we will, among other things:
- Investigate and determine all available insurance policies.
- Analyze the mechanism of fall and dissect all evidence of the condition of the property.
Determine the extent of the property owner's liability.
Collect and examine all medical records.
Speak to all witnesses to the incident.
Pursue all available claims against the responsible parties.