Slip and Fall Lawyer Serving Hollywood
Have you suffered serious injuries in a trip and fall accident? Our slip and fall accident lawyers serving the Hollywood area can try to help you in easing the financial pain. Our attorneys will try to get the compensation you deserve from the responsible party.
Florida laws allow you to recover compensation from the at-fault party. The compensation will help you to meet expenses in treating your injuries. You can pursue compensation for medical bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, lost wages, pain and house modifications. You can also get compensation for pain and emotional suffering due to slip and fall injuries.
Florida Statute of Limitation has set a time limit of four years from the date of the slip and fall accident for filing your personal injury lawsuit. You must file your lawsuit within this time period. Failure to file within this time period will likely result in your case being dismissed and you will be barred from further pursuing your claim. You should contact an experienced attorney with any questions and for legal guidance on this matter.What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, here are some steps you may choose to follow:
1. Report the Incident to the Property Owner or Manager
You must report about the trip and fall accident to the property owner or manager at the premises. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. The report can serve as evidence about the accident when you’re making a compensation claim. This is particularly important when there are no witnesses.
2. Seek Medical treatment
You should get a medical examination right after an accident. Getting a medical checkup is important as it will document your injuries and medical care. Even if you don’t feel any immediate symptoms, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. The reason is that some injuries take days – or sometimes weeks – to become evident. This can be true with head, neck and back injuries.
Below are the hospitals that you can get a medical examination after a slip and fall accident. Make sure to get copies of your medical records and bills.
Memorial Regional Hospital
3501 Johnson Street
Hollywood, FL 33021
AFC Urgent Care Hollywood
5812 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, FL 33021
3. Keep Track of Your Injuries
You should start noting down material facts and your thoughts in a journal after a slip and fall accident. Write down about the extent of the injury due to the slip and fall accident. You should mention the activities that you cannot perform after the injury. Moreover, you should note down the physical pain, stress, and anxiety due to the slip and fall accident injury. Record the medications recommended by the doctor. You should also note down all the appointments with the doctor concerning the trip and fall injury. The journal entries can be invaluable.
4. Collect Evidence
Gathering evidence regarding the trip and fall accident may help in your claim against the at-fault party. You should take pictures or make a video of the scene of the accident and of your injuries. Take pictures of any uneven surfaces, spilled liquids, loose wiring, or other evidence about the accident. Visual evidence about the accident can possibly help the court in determining the guilt of the at-fault party.
If the accident occurred in a public place, you need to get the contact details of the witnesses. Consider asking for the name and contact details of the witnesses. Your slip and fall injury attorney will contact the witnesses to record statements. The witness statements can help in determining the fault of the property owner.
5. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney, serving Hollywood, for comprehensive legal guidance and advice for your slip and fall claim. Make sure that you consult with your attorney before making any statements to the liable party or their insurance company regarding the slip and fall accident.
Lastly, you should not sign any documents without first consulting with your attorney. The insurance company of the at-fault party may try to get you to accept a lower settlement amount that doesn’t cover all the losses. The insurance adjuster may try to reduce or eliminate the liability. Talking with your attorney is recommended so that you don’t make any mistake that prevents you from getting adequate compensation for your losses.What Not To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Don't Make a Statement without Consulting with Your Lawyer
You should not make any statement without talking to your attorney first. You could possibly make a statement that could hurt your compensation claim.
Never give any statement to a representative of the insurance company. The insurance company could possibly try to get any remarks that could potentially undermine your claim. Always have an attorney with you when talking to an insurance company's representative.
Don’t Sign Any Documents Provided by the Insurance Company
Never sign any documents from the insurance company. Always get your slip and fall accident attorney's opinion before signing any document.
Don’t Accept Any Settlement without Consulting with Your Lawyer
The insurance company will likely aim to make the minimum possible payout. So, you must not accept a settlement without talking to a qualified slip and fall lawyer.
Don't Post Anything on Social Media
Avoid discussing the accident with any of your colleagues or relatives or posting on social media.
Most people post every detail of their lives on social media. You may also want to share your experience to get supportive comments after the injury. But this is not a good idea at all, and your attorney may tell you to avoid posting anything related to the incident. The reason is that you may make a statement that could possibly undermine your claim for compensation.Types of Injuries You Can Sustain in a Slip and Fall Accident
- Back Injuries or Neck Injuries
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- Traumatic Brain Damage or Concussion
- Knee Damage
- Muscle Sprains
- Dislocated Shoulders
- Nerve Damage
- Injuries to the Spine
- Cuts and Bruises
Determining fault in a trip and fall accident cases may not be easy. Establishing fault will determine who is liable for your compensation after a slip and fall accident. The party liable for the slip and fall accident injury will have to compensate the victim for the losses.
In Florida, property owners need to ensure that the properties are safe. The owners of the premises have to make sure that there are no hazards, seen or unseen. Any injury due to the hazard conditions can make the property owner liable for injuries.
Property owners have to fix and remove dangerous conditions. They need to take reasonable care to fix the hazardous condition. The term 'reasonable care' is a legal expression in tort law. It refers to a degree of caution expected of a rational and prudent person in similar situations.
Not taking 'reasonable care' to keep the property safe will likely the owner liable for injuries. At the least, the property owner has to display a sign warning people of a dangerous condition.
To establish the liability of the property owner, the defendant has to show the following
- The property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition
- The property owner did not take action or warn about the hazardous condition
- The dangerous condition had existed for a time that the property owner should have taken action
In some cases, multiple persons may be liable for a slip and fall injury. This is the case with large commercial organizations. Contact our professional lawyers if you have sustained injuries in a commercial establishment. Our slip and fall accident lawyers will try to help the victim recover compensation.Slip and Fall Accident Liabilities: Invitees, Licensees, and Trespassers
The property owner should take care to ensure that the property is safe for everyone. The owner has to keep the property safe for invitees, licensees, and trespassers.
Invitees are individuals who come to the property for some benefit. The invitee can be a public or a business invitee.
For instance, if you are at a store to buy medicine, you are a business invitee. Also, there is an implicit invitation to buy the medication at the store. In contrast, if you are at a public place such as a library or a park, you are a public invitee.
A licensee is a person who is at a property for amusement instead of a benefit. For instance, guests at a party and relatives visiting a family member are a licensee. Property owners need to make sure that the property is safe for the licensee.
Trespassers are persons who the owner has not permitted to be on the property. Examples of trespassers include vandals and robbers. A homeowner has to take care to ensure that trespassers are also not injured on the property.Injured At Work in a Slip and Fall Accident
Many workers get injured in a trip and fall accident at work, and such accidents are the third leading cause of workplace injuries. Slip and fall injuries can occur due to many reasons. The common cause of workplace slip and fall accidents at work include the following.
- Slippery surface
- Loose carpeting or wiring
- Objects on the floor
- Poor lighting
- Cluttered walkways
As per workers compensation law in Florida, you don't have to prove the liability of the employer. You can receive the following worker benefits for injuries due to slip and fall accidents.
- Medical bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses for items such as crutches
- Two-thirds of wages while ongoing treatment
Under Florida's no-fault system, you cannot seek compensation other than the worker benefits. You may pursue the workers compensation insurance company only if you believe that your worker benefits are wrongly denied. Moreover, you also cannot seek non-economic damages such as pain and anguish due to the injury.
If the injury were caused by a third party other than the employer, then you could have a slip and fall injury claim against that third party. Be sure to contact an experienced slip and fall attorney for assistance.Related Video
I was injured on someone else’s property. What should I do?What Damages Can You Recover in a Florida Slip and Fall Claim?
You can contact Frankl Kominsky Lawyers for professional legal help. We are available to assist you in all types of slip and fall accident cases. Contact us today for slip and fall injuries at:
- Amusement Parks
- Private residences
- Shopping Malls or Retail Stores
- Restaurants, Hotels, Nightclubs
- Grocery Stores
- Parking Garage or Parking Lots
- Schools, Parks, Sports Stadiums
Our slip and fall accident lawyers can try to help you receive damages for slip and fall accidents. Our experienced attorneys can assist you in recovering both economic and non-economic damages.
1. Economic Damages
Economic damages refer to losses that have a monetary value. Examples of economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, and accommodation modifications.
Past and Future Medical Bills
You can seek compensation for treatment costs and medications. Florida law allows you to seek both past and future medical costs. This includes doctor visits, prescriptions, physical therapy, x rays or MRIs and surgery. The at-fault party may be liable to pay for all the medical-related costs for treating the injury.
Past and Future Lost Wages
You can also recover past and future lost wages due to ongoing treatment. Various factors affect the lost wages amount such as existing salary, experience, and age.
Economic damages also include lost wages due to loss of earning capacity. In other words, a partial or permanent disability will affect the lost wages.
Partial disability refers to the loss of earning capacity. In contrast, total disability results in a total loss of earning capacity. Whether the disability is permanent or temporary will also affect the lost wages payout.
Cost of Accommodation Modification
Any cost in making modifications in your accommodation is also recoverable. You can seek compensation for making your accommodation accessible after the injury. For instance, you can recover the costs of installing ramps and special bed or bathroom fixtures. The disabled victim can recover compensation for these costs from the property owner.
2. Non-economic Damages
Non-economic damages are losses that do not have a monetary amount. Examples of non-economic damages include
- Physical pain and suffering
- Full or partial disability
Our attorneys can also help you in case your loved one has died due to a slip and fall accident. We can help you receive compensation for the grief and financial distress due to the loss of a loved one. You can try to seek compensation from the responsible party to ease the financial problem because of the passing away of a family member.
With the help of a wrongful death claim, you can try to seek compensation for burial and funeral expenses. Moreover, you can also seek compensation for the medical treatment expenses of the deceased person. You can also seek monetary payment for the loss of income due to the death of a loved one.
Our experienced attorneys will try to help you calculate and pursue your economic and non-economic damages.How Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Frankl Kominsky has a team of highly experienced lawyers. Our slip and fall accident attorneys have over four decades of combined experience and have assisted over 6,000 clients and their families.
We don’t charge any upfront fees for your slip and fall injury case. We offer a contingency based fee. We know the pain and suffering due to a personal injury. Our slip and fall accident lawyers serve residents of South Florida communities. We serve residents of Hollywood, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, and other areas.Free Consultation with Our Broward Injury Attorneys
At Frankl Kominsky, we have a team of highly experienced slip and fall accident lawyers. We can try to help you get the compensation you deserve for the losses sustained in a trip and fall accident. Dial 954-800-8000 today to talk to our Florida personal injury lawyers.Supporting FAQs
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