How does a slip and fall lawsuit work?

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Slip and Fall Lawsuits in Florida

If you suffer injuries in a fall in a retail location in Florida, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more through a slip and fall lawsuit. Property owners and occupiers have an obligation to keep their stores, shops, malls, and other locations free from fall hazards.

If a hazard existed and caused you to suffer injuries, you may be able to file a slip and fall lawsuit to pursue compensation to cover your expenses and losses. The team from the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato can review the circumstances of your fall for free and build a case on your behalf.

Types of Premises Accidents

While slip and falls are one of the most common types of fall, slipping is not the only things that can trigger a fall in a retail location. Falls happen every day in stores and shops throughout South Florida. Some of the most common reasons for falls include:

  • Hazards in the walkway
  • Spills or tracked weather
  • Uneven or broken stairs
  • Missing or broken handrails
  • Cracked tile
  • Torn carpet
  • Unmarked step up or step down
  • Poor lighting
  • Uneven floors
  • Rolled rugs
  • Uneven, cracked sidewalks
  • Potholes in the parking lot

Depending on the circumstances of your fall, any of these types of falls could support a premises liability accident lawsuit against the property owner or occupier. Common injuries include:

  • Broken limbs
  • Broken hip, ribs, or other bones
  • Soft tissue injuries to the ankle, knee, midfoot, or wrist
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cuts and abrasions

Building a Strong Premises Liability Accident Case

To build a strong slip and fall case to support our pursuit of damages, we need to show the property owner knew — or should have known — about the hazard and failed to remove or repair it.

Imagine there is a power cord running across a store aisle. The store owner or manager has a responsibility to see the hazard and remove it in a short period of time. If a customer tripped over the cord, the store owner may be liable for the customer’s damages.

Pursuing Compensation for Your Damages

There are generally two ways we may be able to recover compensation for you after a slip and fall injury. This includes negotiating an out-of-court settlement or filing a slip and fall lawsuit.

It may be possible to reach an out-of-court settlement based on the evidence we collected without having to file a lawsuit in civil court. We will negotiate with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement.

If the property owner and their insurance company refuse a fair settlement, we will file a lawsuit in civil court to pursue the damages you deserve. We are prepared to take your case to trial if that is what is necessary to get fair compensation for your damages.

When we reach a settlement or win a court verdict, you will be eligible for compensation for your damages. Your recoverable damages could include:

  • Medical care costs
  • Ongoing care costs
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Property damages, such as a broken phone
  • Out-of-pocket costs
  • Pain and suffering damages

Let a Premises Accident Attorney Help You Take Legal Action

At the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, our team provides the support and guidance you need to navigate the slip and fall lawsuit process. We will take care of everything on your behalf, leaving you free to focus on healing from your injuries and getting back on your feet.

We offer free case reviews and can help you understand your rights. We will go over your legal options with you. A premises accident attorney can answer your questions and address your concerns.

Talk to a Slip and Fall Attorney in South Florida

If you suffered injuries in a fall in a South Florida retail location, the team from the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato is standing by to talk to you about your case. Call our office at 954-633-8270 today for your free case review. Let a slip and fall attorney go to work for you today.

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