To many people, slip and fall accidents seem trivial in comparison with other types of accidents. As slip and fall attorneys, our first hand experience with these cases has shown time and time again that slip and falls can be some of the most serious and life altering accidents.
These types of accidents may include situations such as:
Slipping on a wet surface
Tripping on a cracked floor
Falling down a dark stairwell
Stumbling over dropped objects
Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, regardless of how they are caused. For example, slip and falls may cause soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and even brain injuries.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Florida law requires you to prove certain details about your accident, however. An experienced Orlando slip and fall attorney can help you gather all relevant evidence to support your claim and seek the compensation you deserve.
How We Can Help
After a slip and fall accident, you may feel like your life is up in the air. You may experience tremendous physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial strain as you seek ongoing medical treatment for your injuries. You may also feel pressure to settle your claim as quickly as possible, or not pursue legal action at all.
Orlando slip and fall attorney Jeff Starrtker knows firsthand how difficult a slip and fall accident can be for individuals and their families. He spent years of his early career representing insurance companies to limit their liability in lawsuits. Now, he uses that experience to maximize settlement awards and judgements for accident victims.
When you work with Bengal Law, you will work directly with the attorney responsible for your case. We are not a high-volume law firm – we provide individualized care and attention to every client we take on. We are a small team by design, ensuring you receive the best legal representation possible.
Get started today. Contact Bengal Law to schedule your free initial consultation.
What is Premises Liability?
Slip and fall accidents are part of a larger body of law known as Premises Liability. If you are injured on someone else’s property, the legal theory of premises liability determines if the owner of the property is responsible for your injuries.
Generally,property owners have a legal duty to keep their property safe to visitors. If they fail to keep their property safe, and you are injured as a result, you may be able to recover compensation from the property owner for your injuries.
Premises liability is not limited to slip and fall. It also includes the following types of legal actions:
Dog Bites or Attacks
Defective Conditions or Inadequate Maintenance
Snow and Ice Accidents
Inadequate Security leading to Injury or Assault
Swimming Pool Accidents
Fires, Water Leaks/Flooding, Toxic Fumes or Chemicals
What Is Considered A Dangerous Condition?
In order to have a successful slip and fall claim, you must be able to prove that there was a dangerous condition that caused your accident. Simply stated, a dangerous condition is anything on the property that could cause an injury. Examples of dangerous conditions include:
Obstructions in passageways
Who Can Sue?
Typically, if you are injured on someone else’s property when you were injured, you can sue the property owner for damages. Whether or not your claim is successful depends on the reason you were on the property.
If you are an invitee:
If you were invited onto someone else’s property, you are owed a higher level of protection from dangerous conditions. Property owners have a duty to use reasonable care in keeping the property safe for you and anyone else who they invite onto their property for personal or business purposes.
If you are a licensee:
If you were a social guest of the property owner, whether you were invited or not, you are owed a similar obligation of care. Property owners must keep their property in safe condition, repairing unsafe conditions and warn you of unsafe conditions.
If you are a trespasser:
What if you were trespassing? Property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers and unauthorized visitors. This means trespassers are offered little protection under Florida law and a property owner will seldom be deemed liable for a trespasser’s injury unless there was a trap or other intentional danger created by the property owner.
Speak directly to attorney Jeff Starker. Call or text (407) 815-3000.
It may sound strange to say that someone else is responsible for your injuries when you slip or trip, however, the law is clear on the subject. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, then the owner of the property where you were injured is responsible to you for your injuries and resulting losses.
You can seek compensation for your injuries if you can prove:
That the owner was aware of the dangerous condition and didn’t fix it
The owner should have known about the dangerous condition, and the owner should have tried to prevent injuries
The owner actually created the dangerous condition that caused the accident
We know that probably sounds like a lot of legal jargon. What does it all mean to you? In slip and fall cases, liability for your injuries is often decided by common sense. Factors that determine liability could include:
how long the dangerous condition existed before you were injured,
whether or not the property owner had an opportunity to fix the dangerous condition,
whether or not steps were taken to warn of the dangerous condition or fix it, or
whether or not you were careless in your own actions
Asking the questions at the outset of a case can help you determine if you should pursue a legal action for your injuries. The facts of every situation are different, however, and we encourage you to speak with an Orlando slip and fall attorney. There is limited time to file a claim for compensation. Get started today and contact Bengal Law today to speak with an attorney.
How Do I Prove A Slip & Fall Case?
Proving a slip & fall case can sometimes be more difficult than a car accident. A wet surface, a dimly lit stairwell, or obstructed walkway can easily be fixed in the moments following an accident. Moreover, many slip & fall accidents result in injuries that are not immediately apparent, such as whiplash.
When we evaluate a slip & fall case to determine whether or not a client has a valid claim, we look to see what proof can be offered to support the claim. What kind of proof would be helpful in proving the case? Here are just a few things we would look for:
Security video footage
Rust stains where water pooled
Store accident reports
While video footage would be helpful in proving your case, we recognize that video is not always available. Even when an accident is caught on camera, security footage is often deleted just days, if not hours, after recording.
If you do not have video footage, witness testimony, or photos, your case will be harder to prove – but not impossible. We will need solid proof from other sources to support your claim before deciding to take on your case.
You do not, however, have to prove your case to us. It is our job as your Orlando slip & fall attorneys to uncover all of the facts surrounding your accident, investigate every piece of evidence, and build your case for compensation.
Can I Seek Compensation From A Homeowner?
What Can I Recover From A Slip & Fall Case?
After a slip and fall accident, you are entitled to seek compensation in the form of damages. The amount that you are owed is based on several things:
loss of earning capacity
and other associated out-of-pocket costs.
These types of costs are called economic damages, and they are fairly easy to determine. When you work with Bengal Law, we will collect all of your bills, receipts and other relevant information to calculate the full extent of your economic damages. You may also have experienced non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. These types of damages are often more difficult to determine.
The value of your case will depend on the specific facts and circumstances that led to your injuries. If you have questions about the value of your case, contact the Orlando slip and fall attorneys at Bengal Law today to schedule a free consultation.
Hiring An Orlando Slip & Fall Attorney
You may have questions about your slip and fall injuries. Who is responsible for my accident? Who will pay my medical bills? Do I have a valid personal injury claim? Can I afford a lawyer?
The answers to those questions are just a free consultation away. Call us today to find out if you have a case 407-815-3000.
If you have been injured in an accident in Florida, we want to hear your story. We want to know what you want to achieve through legal action. We want to know what you need to feel comfortable and secure as you rebuild the future you have always envisioned for your family. Together, we’ll identify a legal strategy that not only holds those responsible for your injuries accountable, but also helps you make a full financial recovery.
Decades of Experience
We’ve been personal injury lawyers for decades and settled millions of dollars for our clients. Now we use that knowledge to help maximize the value of your case.
Former Insurance Adjuster & Insurance Defense Attorney
Our combined experience gives us a unique advantage over other personal injury attorneys in Orlando.
Prompt & Attentive Communication
Part of why why love doing what we do is because our clients are like family. We’re proud to guarantee a level of attention that can’t be matched by large billboard firms.
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We focus on fewer cases and get better results on those select few clients’ cases. We promise to give you and your case the time, attention and skill that you deserve.