If you are looking for a slip and fall injury attorney for an accident in Florida, you’ve come to the right place.
In the last 16 years, I have settled many cases for people who slipped and fell in Florida (or on a cruise ship).
We’ll look at some of the slip and fall claims and lawsuits that I have handled. By looking at my settlements, you will get an idea of the types of cases that I currently take.
I will also give specific examples of how having a slip and fall injury lawyer helped get people more money in their pocket.
Miami Slip and Fall Injury Attorney JZ Gets $300K Settlement (During Lawsuit)
Frank had an Achilles tendon rupture. As a result, he was given crutches.
While using his crutches and shopping at Sedano’s supermarket in Miami, he fell down. He claimed that one of his crutches slipped when it struck a dirty, slippery substance on the floor.
This is an actual photo that a supermarket employee took:
After his accident, he hired me as his Miami slip and fall lawyer. Optacomp handled the claim for Sedano’s Supermarket. The supermarket denied liability. Since settlement was not an option, I sued Sedano’s.
After his slip and fall, doctors performed two skin grafts to his Achilles tendon.
During the lawsuit, I took the deposition (testimony) of a Sedano’s employee. Sedano’s attorney took my client’s deposition.
A couple of months before trial, we settled this slip and fall case for $300,000.
Fortunately, Frank had short term and long term disability insurance withi his employer. The bad news was that his disability insurer demanded that we repay them approximately $50,000 that the disability insurer paid to Frank for disability benefits (lost wages).
They paid him since he could not work due to the injury that he claimed was related to the fall at the supermarket.
The good news?
I was able to get his disability insurer to drop their demand to be repaid $50,000 from the injury settlement. This put an additional $50,000 in our client’s pocket. Frank was thrilled that he chose me as his Miami slip and fall injury attorney.
Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Gets $250K Payout (in 2019)
Angela slipped and fell in a bathtub of a resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In the photo above, you can see the actual bathub/shower above.
At the hospital, an MRI revealed that she had broken her arm.
At the hospital, doctors operated on her broken arm.
Below, you can see the plate and screws that a surgeon put into her arm.
Angela did not feel that the resort was treating her fairly. Thus, she began her search for a slip and fall injury attorney. She requested a free consultation with me. Shortly after we spoke, she hired me.
Philadelphia Insurance Company insured the resort. We settled her slip and fall case for $250,000. Here is the settlement check payable to me as Angela’s slip and fall injury attorney:
After my attorneys fees, costs and paying her health insurance lien, Angela got over $149,300 in her pocket. She is very happy.
She gave my law firm a 5 star review on Google Maps.
Part of the reason that I was able to get her a big payout was because she had surgery. Surgery can greatly increase the value of a slip and fall case.
Here is a question that you should ask when you are interviewing a slip and fall injury attorney:
Ask the lawyer if has settled many slip and fall cases where their client had surgery.
You are welcome to ask me that question. But you don’t have to. This is because you can just look on my website and see the many slip and fall cases that I’ve settled where my clients have had surgery.
Trip and Fall Attorney JZ Gets $120K Settlement (in 2020)
Tiffany was volunteering at a private school in Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida. The private school was located in a strip mall.
The mall owner hired a company to replace the tile floors outside of the school. In broad daylight, Tiffany exited the school, and walked through the parking lot.
She said that she walked through the parking lot because the tile was removed on the mall walkway. Thus, Tiffany claimed that she only had one safe area for her to walk through to get to her car.
Here is a photo that someone (who volunteered at the school) took after Tiffany fell.
Tiffany claimed that she tripped on yellow caution tape that she could not see before she fell. Tiffany said that the caution tape was on one of the barricades and connected to something else.
Unfortunately, she did not have a photo showing the caution tape connected to another object. This made her case tougher.
After Tiffany fell, one of the people who worked at the school took two photos. She sent those photos to Tiffany. The photos had two issues.
First, the photos don’t show anything wrong where the construction work was going on. One photo showed that some of the removed flooring was stacked in the grass. And another photo shows that a barricade was in the parking lot.
Second, the photos were poor quality. If you trip and fall, please take good quality photos of whatever it is that you trip on. And don’t only take two photos. You should, at a minimum, have 10 photos or so of the area where you tripped and fell.
After Tiffany fell, she was in pain and on the ground. Someone called 911. Paramedics took her to the hospital.
She Had Foot Surgery at the Hospital
At the hospital, she was told that she broke her foot. There, a doctor performed surgery to fix it. Tiffany stayed at the hospital for a couple of days.
Unfortunately, Tiffany did not have Medicaid or any health insurance. Thus, the hospital charges were around $45,000 for her hospital stay and surgery. And she owed the entire amount.
After she was released from the hospital, Tiffany searched for a Miami trip and fall attorney. She called my office. I gave her a free consultation and Tiffany hired me right after we spoke.
Shortly after we spoke, I drove to meet her at the mall. Tiffany’s leg was in a cast.
And we had a problem:
The accident scene had changed. The contractor had finished installing the new tile on the floor.
Nevertheless, Tiffany showed me the exact route that she took when exited the school door before she fell.
I requested that the mall owner tell me who their insurance company was. In Florida, a business is required to tell you the name of their insurance company if you get injured there.
But first, I had to find out who owned the mall. The mall did not have a property management company with an office at the mall.
To find out who owned the mall, I searched the county appraiser’s office. Since Homestead is located in Miami-Dade County, I went to the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser’s search page:
Next, I put in the address for the property where the accident happened.
In my case, the address was 211 Homestead so I typed in “211 Homestead”.
This tells you who owns the property. Next, I sent a letter to the property owner requesting their insurance information.
If you have a similar accident, I suggest that you hire a trip and fall lawyer. But if you don’t, send a letter to the mall owner asking it to preserve all surveillance video for a long period of time before the fall.
Sometimes I ask the property owner to preserve surveillance video for 24 hours before the accident.
Mall’s Insurance Company Said Tiffany Was Warned Not to Walk There
Markel (Evanston Insurance Company) insured the mall. After the accident, they hired an investigator to find out what happened. Markel said that the construction worker said that he warned Tiffany not to walk through the construction site.
The insurance company said that she could have walked around the construction site. In most fall down cases, each side usually has a different version of the events.
Here, the insurance company argued that the mall and its tile removal company did nothing wrong. Additionally, Markel argued that this accident happened in daylight. They said that they should not be liable for Tiffany tripping on yellow caution tape, which was highly visible.
In May 2020, we settled her trip and fall case (without a lawsuit) with Markel for $120,000. Tiffany’s medical bills were over $100,000, but we got them reduced to around $25,000.
After my attorney’s fees, costs and repaying a medical loan and other medical bills, Tiffany got over $38,300 in her pocket. If she would have had health insurance or Medicaid, she likely would have gotten much more in her pocket.
But most importantly, she is happy with the settlement. Tiffany gave my law firm a 5 star review on Google Maps.
Here is what she said:
Justin is a very very great professional attorney and I would gladly recommend him to anyone. He is a very good lawyer. Thank you and Jenny [paralegal] for all y’all hard work and helping settle my case.
Trip and Fall lawyer JZ Gets $30K Payout
Dawn went to a wildlife safari park in Osceola County, Florida. During broad daylight, she claimed that she rolled her ankle and fell on a broken walkway.
You can see a photo that shows the general area of the cracked pavement:
An employee of the establishment came to the accident scene while Dawn was on the pavement.
They asked her some questions.
Dawn went to the hospital, where x-rays showed that she had a broken ankle. Specifically, she had a non-displaced right lateral malleolus fracture. She was at the hospital for a few hours.
She wanted to hire an trip and fall injury lawyer. She looked on Youtube for an injury attorney who had good outcomes. She watched some of my videos and called me for a free consultation to see if I could represent her.
I personally spoke with her and she hired me.
I asked my client to lawfully take a photo that showed the measurement of the depth and width of the crack in the pavement that claimed caused her ankle to roll. I told her to use measuring tape, a deck of cards or a stack of pennies.
She had this photo taken, which showed a penny in one of the cracks.
In the following months, she received treatment for her broken ankle from an orthopedic doctor.
I asked Dawn to take a photo showing the walking boot that the doctor prescribed for her to wear.
You can see Dawn with a walking boot on her foot:
I sent this photo to the insurance adjuster.
Fortunately, Dawn did not need surgery. Her ankle made a very good recovery.
National Casualty Company insured the owner of the premises. K&K Insurance Group handled the claim for National Casualty Company. National Casualty Company is part of Scottsdale Insurance Company. Scottsdale is part of Nationwide Insurance Company.
K & K Insurance Group argued that Dawn was partially at fault for not avoiding the walkway since they said it was open and obvious. Their first offer to me was $5,000 to settle Dawn’s injury claim.
Here is the email:
Through aggressive negotiation, I settled Dawn’s trip and fall injury case for $30,000.
How was I able to settle for $30,000 and not a smaller amount?
First, there was something wrong with the pavement that we argued caused her to roll her ankle and fall. Second, the business knew that she fell. This helped her case since it made it more difficult for the business to argue that she was not injured on its property.
Third, she broke her ankle and went to the hospital quickly after the accident. Fourth, we were dealing with one of the better insurance companies. Nationwide Insurance Company generally pays better than other insurance companies.
Why didn’t I settle for more than $30,000?
Because her fall happened outside during broad daylight. The insurance company argued that Dawn should have seen the broken walkway before she fell. In other words, they argued that she should have avoided the broken pavement and not fallen.
If her fall would have happened at night and there was poor lighting, Nationwide would have likely paid us more than $30,000.
Also, Dawn did not need surgery. If she would have had a plate and screws put in her ankle, we would have likely settled for $100,000 or more with Nationwide. This is because the pain and suffering component of the case would have been much larger.
Miami Slip and Fall Injury Attorney Gets $15K Payout
Chiquetta was staying at a Residence Inn by Marriott near Miami International Airport. While there, claimed that she slipped and fell on water on the floor of an interior part of the hotel.
After she fell, her friend took photos of the water. Here is one of them:
She went to the emergency room and complained of back pain. Shortly thereafter, she searched online for Miami slip and fall injury attorneys. She found and watched my Youtube videos.
Chiquetta decided to Get a Free Consultation with me to see if I could be her slip and fall lawyer. After we spoke on the phone, she hired me.
I then starting working on her case as her slip and fall attorney. Fortunately, Chiqeutta did not need surgery to her back. Surgery would have greatly increased the settlement amount.
Marriott’s claim adjuster was Sehar Juddha. The Marriott’s first offer was only $2,500. And my client had me as her slip and fall injury attorney.
Can you imagine what the Marriott would have offered if she did not have a slip and fall injury attorney?
I can. My guess is that the Marriott would have offered $1,000 or so. I do not think that the Marriott would have made a first offer of $2,500.
The adjuster had two reasons for making the $2,500 offer. First, she said that it was questionable whether the hotel was liable. Here is her email:
Second, the Marriott argued that Chiquetta’s injury was chronic (old). In other words, she argued that my client had the same before the accident. I’ve pointed it out in the email below:
I aggressively negotiated my client’s case. In February 2019, I settled Chiquetta’s personal injury case for $15,000 with Marriott’s claims department.
Here is the settlement check:
The final settlement was for six times the Marriott’s opening offer. After my attorney’s fees, costs and paying her medical bills/liens, Chiquetta got over $8,340 in her pocket.
She came to my office to pick up the settlement check. Here is a picture of us:
The entire case took around 8 months to settle.
Watch Chiquetta talk about her settlement:
$15K Settlement for Hotel Guest Whose Toe Struck the Base of the Bed
A hotel guest struck her toe on the base of a bed at a hotel in Central Florida. She fractured her toe.
The guest said the base of the bed was not visible because the bed sheets were hanging over it. We argued that this was a dangerous condition.
I worked on this case with a slip and fall injury lawyer from a different law firm.
Miami Slip and Fall Attorney Gets $18K Settlement
A guest was staying at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Doral, Florida. She was on a business trip from another state.
After she fell, she searched online for Miami slip and fall lawyers. She found me and quickly hired me.
Zurich Insurance Company insured the hotel. At first, Zurich denied liability. They said that the hotel did nothing wrong.
I needed to get them to change their view of the case. To do so, I spoke with a witness. The witness signed an affidavit which placed blame on the hotel.
Shortly thereafter, Zurich paid $18,000 to settle under the bodily injury coverage in their liability insurance policy.
Zurich also paid us the $5,000 limit of its Medical Payments (Medpay) insurance. Again, our law firm does not take a fee on Medpay unless we sue.
Don’t let a Florida attorney take a fee on Medpay if he or she doesn’t sue. You’re giving away free money if you do!
You should hire a Miami slip and fall lawyer who won’t unethically charge you.
Injuries at Stores and Supermarkets (in Florida)
We have had many other settlements against a store or supermarket in Miami-Dade County and more. Moreover, we want to represent you if a store or supermarket carelessness caused you to get hurt. Regardless of where in Florida your accident happened, we can represent you.
We’ve represented people who were hurt at Publix, Winn Dixie, Sedano’s, Guess and other stores in:
- slip or trip and fall accidents
- accidents where an employee pushed a cart over our client’s foot
- accidents involving falling merchandise
- and many other types of accidents.
Injuries at a Condominium or Apartment Complex
I have experience representing people who tripped and fell at condominium complexes. Let’s look at some of my past cases.
Slip and Fall Attorney JZ Gets $73K Payout for Fall at Condo
A Colombian woman owned a condo unit in Sunny Isles, Florida. There, she was injured in the common area of a condominium building.
Shortly after she fell, she got a Free Consultation with Miami slip and fall lawyer JZ. Our client only spoke Spanish.
The good news?
That wasn’t an issue. Justin’s paralegal (Jenny) is fluent is Spanish. Also, Justin speaks a decent amount of Spanish.
Ultimately, we settled her personal injury case for $73,000. Most of the settlement was for her pain and suffering. Additionally, the condo’s insurance company also paid $5,000 in medical payments coverage.
This is one of the many people who’ve I have represented who live in another country but are injured in Florida.
Miami Slip and Fall Lawyer Gets $18K Payout from Publix
A shopper claimed that she fell at a Publix in South Florida. She claimed that the fall caused her shoulder injury. Fortunately, she did not break any bones. She did not need surgery.
After her fall, she me as her slip and fall injury attorney. I settled her case for $18,000. After my attorneys fees, costs and paying back her outstanding medical bills, she got over $10,470 in her pocket.
She was very happy that she hired me as her slip and fall attorney.
Confidential Settlement for Trip and Fall on a Curb at a Apartment Complex (Miami Beach)
In the very early hours of the morning, a lady was visiting a friend at an apartment complex in Miami Beach, Florida. While in the courtyard of the apartment building, she claimed that she tripped over a curb. The curb that was painted the same color as the surrounding flooring at Miami Beach apartment building.
Paramedics came to the scene. They took her to the hospital. After she was injured, she wanted to hire a trip and fall attorney. One of her relatives referred her to us.
I sued the apartment complex owner. During the lawsuit, I reached a confidential settlement with the apartment building’s insurance company.
In another case, we reached a confidential settlement for a guest who suffered a serious leg injury at a condo complex when he slipped and fell on stairs.
We (along with another law firm) claimed that the stairs had several issues. These included improper slip resistance, improper handrail and steps that were irregular in height and length.
If a Florida condominium or apartment complex’s carelessness caused your injury, we want to represent you.
Slip and Fall Claims against Carnival Cruise Lines
We handle slip and fall claims against Carnival Cruise lines. We can handle other injury claims against Carnival as well.
Most passenger lawsuits against Carnival must be brought in Federal Court in Miami, Florida. Fortunately, Miami slip and fall lawyer Justin Ziegler is licensed in Federal Court in Miami.
Injured during a cruise or on a boat
We have settled cases against multiple major cruise lines for slip or trip and fall incidents and other types of accidents. Unfortunately, the cruise lines often require the settlement to be confidential.
A Florida homeowner’s or renter’s carelessness caused your injury.
A homeowner’s carelessness may have caused your injury somewhere in Florida. We we want to represent you.
We will make a claim with the Florida homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Common types of injury claims against Florida homeowners or renters are:
- Slip or trip and falls on loose pebbles on the property of a home, condo or apartment.
- Injuries caused by a falling object.
- The homeowner or renter negligently supervised your child. He or she drowned or was injured.
- Trip and fall on broken tile at the homeowner’s or renter’s house, condo or apartment.
- Trip and fall on improperly secured cable connected to a TV or other object.
- Dog bites.
- Trip on an improperly placed or secured rug.
Mall and Shopping Center Accidents
We have made claims from accidents arising on and within Dolphin Mall property. Rest assured, we can represent you against any shopping mall or strip mall in Florida.
We are a minutes away from several Miami and South Florida malls. We can also meet you at other malls throughout Florida.
Don’t get lowballed by the malls insurance company. You need a solid slip and fall injury attorney on your side. We’re prepared to make a personal injury claim against shopping malls. We can meet you at several malls to take pictures and gather evidence within just ten (10) minutes of being hired.
Some of these Miami-Dade County malls include, but are not limited to:
- Aventura Mall
- Bal Harbour Shops
- Bayside Marketplace
- Dadeland Mall (Simons)
- Dadeland Station
- Dolphin Mall (Taubman Centers; also co-owner of The Mall at Miami Worldcenter)
- The Falls
- Lincoln Road Mall
- The Mall at 163rd Street
- Mall of the Americas (Sterling Organization)
- Merrick Park
- Miami International Mall (Doral, Florida)
- Miracle Marketplace (Urban Retail Properties)
- Miracle Mile
- Sawgrass Mills (Sunrise, Florida)
- The Shops at Mary Brickell Village (Managed by CREC)
- The Shops at Sunset Place (2 mins from our office)
- Westland Mall (Hialeah, Florida)
We can also meet you at other Florida malls.
Some of these include but are not limited to, The Florida Mall, Orlando Prime Outlets, Town Center At Boca Raton, Westfield Brandon, Miromar Outlets, The Mall at Wellington Green, International Plaza and Bay Street, and The Avenues.
We have also written extensively about Florida mall injury claims.
Restaurant Accident Settlements (Claims and Lawsuits)
We’ve settled case for people who were injured at restaurants (in Florida). In one case, a man was eating at a Denny’s restaurant. It was located in North Miami Beach, Florida.
He was exited the booth. While doing so, he fell. He landed on his hand.
The force of the fall broke scaphoid (bone). The scaphoid is located in the wrist.
He had two wrist surgeries. Those were his only injuries. He didn’t claim that he had back pain.
Travelers insured the restaurant. Unfortunately, Travelers wouldn’t offer more than $20,000 to settle.
We sued the restaurant. About one month before trial, we settled the personal injury case for $210,000.
Many injured people want to know how long it takes to get a settlement. The time it takes to settle an injury case depends on many factors.
In this case, the insurance company wouldn’t offer more than $20,000 before a lawsuit. Thus, the insurance company delayed settlement of these case.
Likewise, the value of a personal injury case depends on many factors.
We also handle slip and fall cases against restaurants.
A server could spill hot coffee on you. It could burn you. You could trip and fall in the restaurant’s parking lot.
Miami Trip and Fall Lawyer JZ Gets $18K Payout
My client was a guest at a restaurant in South Miami, Dade County, Florida.
She tripped over a landscape vinyl edging while exiting the restaurant. The actual edging is in the picture below.
The guest suffered a laceration to her cheek, which required a few stitches.
The doctor diagnosed her with a wrist sprain. Nautilus Insurance Company insured the property owner.
The photo below shows Nautilus’ home office.
Nautilus is a W.R. Berkley Company. We settled this trip and fall cut to the cheek case for $18,000.
Miami Premises Accident Attorney JZ Gets $13K Payout
Someone threw a plate in a restaurant and it cut our client’s face. It happened in Miami Beach, Dade County, Florida.
She received stitches below her eye. There was virtually no scar after the wound healed. We settled a case for $13,500. Most of the settlement was for her pain and suffering.
If you are injured at a restaurant in Florida, I want to represent you.
Hotel, Resort and Motel Accidents
I have also settled cases against the W-hotel and other hotels in Florida. Some of my other clients were injured in cities in Florida such as Naples, Fort Lauderdale, and elsewhere.
If you were injured at a hotel in Florida, I want to represent you.
Gas Station Accidents
Many Florida gas station accidents are slip, trip or falls. Many other types of accident can happen as well. We can quickly spot whether a Florida gas station may be at fault.
We want to represent you if a Florida gas station’s negligence caused your accident.
Common Florida gas stations include 7-Eleven, Speedway, Sunoco, BP, Chevron, Shell, RaceTrac and much more.
Slip, Trip and Falls at Florida Hardware stores
Florida has hundreds of hardware stores. They include Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and others. A customer may slip and fall on sand or water that is on the sales floor.
A shopper may trip on a hazard that should not be there. A hardware store’s carelessness may cause a customer’s slip or trip and fall. If so, we want to represent the shopper.
Slip, Trip and Falls and other accidents at Florida Golf and Country Clubs
A Florida golf or country club’s carelessness may have caused your injury. You may have slipped or tripped and fell on a dangerous condition.
You may have had another accident at a golf course or country club.
Slip, Trip and Falls and other Accidents at Day Spas, Hair Salons and Barber Shops
We want to represent you if you slip or trip and fall at a day spa, salon or barber shop. There are also many other types of accidents that can happen. We want to help you!
A Slip and Fall Attorney May Be Able to Get Your Medical Bills Paid
If you slip and fall, and are you injured, you may go to the hospital. If you go to the hospital, you’ll get at at bills from the following separate providers:
- The Hospital
- Emergency Room Doctors
- Radiologist (reads the x-rays, CT scan or MRI)
- Pathologist (reads your bloodwork and labs)
The above medical providers bill separately.
I will request and review the hospital records. This includes looking at your x-rays, CT scans and MRI, and bills.
Even if you have health insurance, you may still owe money to the hospital.
We will quickly submit these bills and records to the premises owner or operator (or its insurance company). Doing this will help the insurance company to set aside money to pay your claim.
I won’t stop there.
We will also send your hospital and doctors’ bills and records to any additional parties who may be liable. This may include a landscaping or cleaning company.
Next, I will determine if the premises’ insurance company must immediately pay the hospital bill under medical payments (Medpay) coverage, if any is available. If Medpay is available and the insurance company will not pay the bill, we may sue them in an attempt to get the hospital bill paid.
We will make an injury claim against the owner or operator of the premises with the goal of getting a settlement that can cover your hospital bills, all your other medical bills, lost wages, our attorney’s fees and costs, and give you money for your pain and suffering.
JZ is a Slip and Fall Lawyer Who Will Fight to Get You Money for Your Lost Wages
You may have slipped or tripped and fell or were otherwise injured on someone’s property or due to someone’s carelessness in Florida. If so, you will have to prove that their carelessness caused your accident in order to get paid for your lost wages.
Lost wages is money that you were not paid from being unable to work due to the injury. If the place where you slipped or tripped and fell or were otherwise injured did nothing wrong to cause your injuries, then they do not owe you any money for your lost wages.
We have recovered lost wages for our clients from a supermarket, hotel and restaurant.
Slip and Fall Lawyer JZ Gets $210K Payout for Customer Who Slipped Off a Booth
Wilfredo (not real name) was eating dinner at a Denny’s Restaurant in North Miami, Florida. While exiting the booth, it flipped up. This sent him to the floor.
Paramedics came to the scene. Travelers Insurance Company insured the restaurant. Wilfredo broke the scaphoid bone in his hand. Travelers only offered $20,000 to settle. Miami slip and fall lawyer JZ sued the restaurant.
Ultimately, we settled for $210,000.
In the settlement, we recovered lost wages for our client.
We have settled personal injury claims against stores, supermarkets, apartment and condominium complexes, office buildings, landscaping companies, property management companies, a carpet cleaner (Stanley Steamer) and more.
We have the proper forms for your employer to complete so that we can show your lost wages (to the claims adjuster for the property owner or operator) and make a claim to get you money for your lost wages.
If you were paid money for short or long term disability “insurance,” they may be entitled to get repaid from a personal injury claim against the property owner or operator.
We will request and review your disability policy to determine whether we need to repay the short or long term disability insurer for payments that they made. We understand state law or Federal law and we will use the law to fight to reduce the disability insurer’s claim (known as a lien).
Who are the best slip and fall lawyers?
In a state like Florida, lawyers are not ethically allowed to say that they are the best. Saying that you are the best Florida slip and fall attorney is considered misleading.
That said, you should look for a slip and fall lawyer who meets certain criteria.
First, choose a lawyer who talks about their slip and fall settlements on their website and on their Youtube videos. Second, hire a lawyer who is up front with their attorney’s fees and costs.
Third, hire a attorney who you get a good feeling from. Trust your intuition.
Fourth, only hire an attorney who lists his or her name on the law firm website. If you don’t see the attorney’s name on the website, he or she may not be an attorney. Of course, you should not hire someone for a slip and fall case who is not a lawyer.
Fifth, do not hire an attorney who advertises himself or herself as the best Florida slip and fall lawyer. At least don’t do this in Florida, where this is not allowed.
Can a Slip and Fall Injury Attorney Get Your Insurance Liens Reduced?
Maybe. A short term or long term disability insurer is required to, at a minimum, reduce its lien by attorney’s fees and costs in a couple of situations. These include if you are:
- are an employee of the state, a county, a municipality or a city in Florida; or
- have an insured disability plan
The court may also consider other factors for further reduction of their disability lien. We understand when this law applies and how to demonstrate to the disability insurer that the lien should be reduced.
In addition, if you received disability benefits from a self-funded plan, they may be required to reduce their lien by, at a minimum, attorney’s fees and costs and other factors.
What can a slip and fall injury attorney get you compensation for?
A slip and fall lawyer may be able to get you money for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. If you have a serious injury, I may be able to refer you to doctors who will treat you fairly.
I may have you complete a detailed injury questionnaire so that you do not forget any details about the incident. If you forget facts about your incident, this can decrease the value of your case.
If you slipped or tripped and fell we have an additional questionnaire. It took us many years to create these awesome questionnaires.
It is very important to document all the facts about the incident so that we can prove your case and so that you appear to be as credible as possible. The claims adjuster for the premises where you were injured will immediately begin his or her investigation.
Even if you have health insurance, you may still owe money to the ambulance company.
A Florida slip and fall lawyer can request the 911 call
If you hire me as your Florida slip and fall lawyer, I may request and review any calls to 911 that were made. The 911 call may contain evidence that may increase (or decrease) the value of your case. It is very important to request and listen to the 911 call.
A Florida slip and fall lawyer can speak with witnesses
Sometimes the injured person is in distress and pain after a fall. The injured person’s observations may not be sufficient to describe the dangerous condition that caused the fall or other accident.
If you hire me as your Florida slip and fall lawyer, I will see if I need to speak with witnesses. This may help increase the value of your case.
Paramedics and Emergency Medical Responder Testimony May Increase Settlement Value
As a Florida slip and fall lawyer, I have experience speaking with paramedics. I settled a case for $210,000 where our client fell to the floor and broke his wrist. In addition, I spoke with the paramedic who helped us prove that the booth was loose. I used this to argue that the loose booth caused my client’s fall.
When speaking with the paramedics, I may ask them if they tripped or slipped and fell while trying to help you. I will look through the report. If I think that it may help your case, I will interview the paramedics.
I won’t stop there.
I may gather affidavits to preserve this meaningful evidence. If we file a lawsuit, we will take depositions to preserve this testimony.
Witnesses Statements Can Increase Settlement Value
Sometimes there may be an independent witness. Perhaps they saw the injured person fall. We often want a statement and affidavit from these people as soon as possible. We will take their depositions if we sue.
Independent witnesses usually forget specific details after time passes. They do not stand to gain anything by remembering the facts. If we do not immediate get a written statement from them, they may only remember the big picture.
This can make them useless. Hire us today so we can start getting statements today! Do not let your case slip away.
We have experience:
- sending the proper letters to your health insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid (or any other health plan) to gather any lien information quickly and put us in the strongest position to negotiate a lien
- preparing witness affidavits
- taking proper pictures of the incident scene and objects involved, hiring the proper experts, speaking with your doctor to determine the extent of your injury, sending a demand,
Ladder Accident Settlements (Claims and Lawsuits)
For example, perhaps you’re doing work at someone’s house. While you use their ladder, you fall and hit the ground. Perhaps you’re in a coma for some time. This means that you’ve suffered a brain injury.
If there was a problem with the ladder, you may have a case. In other words, the ladder could’ve been defective.
If the placement of the ladder against the roof eaves created a dangerous condition, you may have a case. You may have a case in other situations as well.
The injured person should ask themselves these questions:
- Do you know if the ladder slipped?
- If the injured person knows that the ladder slipped, what caused it to slip?
Simply falling off a ladder doesn’t mean that a homeowner is liable. Therefore, the homeowner doesn’t owe you money for pain and suffering just because you fell off a ladder.
You have to prove that the homeowner was negligent.
To maximize the value of a ladder accident case, the injured person may need to hire an expert witness. Ladder experts are engineers.
A couple examples of ladder experts are John S. Morse, P.E. He is located in Oklahoma. However, he has a reputation for being affordable. Another option is Toby Hayes, Ph.D from Oregon.
Both can testify for a Miami ladder accident case. Moreover, they can testify for a case anywhere in Florida.
There are many types of accidents (or incidents) that may result in a case.
Other Accidents (and Incident Where We Want to Represent You)
We want to represent you if you have been injured due to one of the following accidents or situations:
- dog bites
- assaults due to inadequate security
- swimming pool drowning
- trip and fall in a hole in the grass
- trip and fall on a rod sticking out of the ground
- exposure to toxic chemicals and mold
- slipping on a product that fell to the floor in a store, supermarket or other premises
- fall due to a change in elevation
- fall due to level changes that were not marked
- trip and falls over a rug
- slip and fall on a liquid, water, grease or another substance on the floor
- slip and fall in a bathtubs
Other types of Fall Down Cases that I May Be Your Attorney For
- Off stairs that weren’t repaired correctly or maintained properly that gave way or a railing that fell out
- Off stairs that don’t have a handrail (or the proper one) and/or the dimensions of the stairs aren’t built according to the requirements
- Due to inadequate lighting or no lighting
- slipping on a surface that didn’t have slip resistant paint, even if the surface is painted yellow
- fall in a parking lot
- trip and fall on a floor mat that was turned over in a supermarket, store or other premises.
- fall on an entryway to a premises that didn’t have a slip resistant surface that is uniform throughout the walking surface
- trip on a cord that was not secured to the ground
You may also have a case if you fall:
- on a change of elevation that was greater than a quarter of an inch
- in a pothole
- due to being unable to see the floor because you were in a crowd or were distracted
- on a pallet in a store that you did not see because you were looking at merchandise
In addition, I may be able to be your slip and fall injury attorney if you:
- slip and fall on liquid near a self-serve drink fountain without a mat in a restaurant
- fall due to an improper angle of a ramp
- slip and fall on a floor without a nonskid surface
- slip and fall due to a cleaning service leaving a slippery floor in your place of employment
- trip and fall over a pipe that was protruding (sticking out) located in the street
- fall in a depression in the ground
We also represent people who fall due to other dangerous conditions, or are injured in another way, that are not listed above.
Are Slip and Fall Cases Easy?
Slip and fall cases are not easy cases. There is no such thing as a simple slip and fall case. Every case is different.
Just because you fell at a business or somewhere else, it does not mean that they are automatically responsible to pay your medical bills and other damages. You have to prove the property owner or occupier was did or did not do something that caused your injuries.
Slip and fall cases can often be very expensive. You can easily spend $15,000 to $20,000 if your case results in a jury trial. If your injuries are complicated or are difficult to prove, then these cases can be much more expensive.
That said, if you hire a slip and fall lawyer, you are in a better position that without one. This is because slip and fall attorneys have lot of experience in getting payouts for victims. They have seen mistakes that victims (who don’t have an slip and fall injury attorney) make.
If you hire me as your slip and fall attorney, I will see if I need to inspect the incident scene. I will also determine which witnesses can help build your case.
I also handle all types of cases if you are injured at a premises.
If you slipped and fell and were injured on the property of a business, don’t assume that the business is liable because they said “We are sorry” or because they told you “They will take care of you.”
Unless you have a settlement agreement in writing, their words may be just empty promises. We will immediately take pictures of the incident scene and your injuries.
The most common premises liability claim is for slip and fall accidents. There are many questions to answer as soon as possible after you are injured from slipping and falling at a premises and you are considering making a personal injury claim.
You should contact a slip and fall injury attorney immediately. You don’t want evidence to disappear. Otherwise, you may lose your claim.
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