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Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents happen every day and they are especially troublesome because they can happen anywhere to anyone. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over 8 million (23%) hospital emergency room visits, making falls the leading cause of ER visits. Just slip and falls account for over 1 million of those visits. A wet floor or a loose mat in a hotel, bar, grocery store, or shopping mall causes you to fall, and all of a sudden you’re injured and your life and that of your family is forever changed.
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Slip and Fall Accidents and What To Do
The most common types of incidents are:
Improper or poor lighting
Loose mats in entryways
Wet floors with no signs
What to Do After a Slip & Fall:
We know accidents can sometimes be embarrassing and that you may initially feel as if you’re not seriously injured, and/or that it was your fault, and you may want to move on quickly after your slip and fall. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do.
What you should do is:
Get immediate medical attention if necessary
Ask for a manager - file incident report - get copy
Get contact information of witnesses
Use your cell phone to take pictures
Locations such as shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters and apartment or office building complexes all have a legal duty to make their premises safe from harm that is reasonably foreseeable.
For example, if Publix leaves a pallet in the middle of an aisle and you trip over it, that’s a foreseeable harm. However, if a hurricane suddenly and unexpectedly shakes the building and merchandise falls on you, that is unforeseeable, and the supermarket would not be responsible for your injuries.
Contact an experienced trip and fall injury lawyer
Saying there was a violation of duty of care is one thing; proving it is another. The law states that as the injured party, must prove that the injuries were caused by the negligence of the business or owner of location in which the accident occurred. The gym, restaurant, building, retail shop or supermarket in which you fell doesn’t need to prove anything. Unless you know what you’re looking for when trying to prove negligence, you could end up with nothing.
The good news is Rubenstein Law is here to help. We have decades of experience and the resources to prove your slip and fall was due to the negligence of others. Among the many ways we help you, we:
Locate the insurance coverage and identify defendants
Deal with insurance company
Gather and preserve evidence
Stay apprised of your medical care and document damages
Build your case to show how and why the defendant was negligent
Injuries can overwhelm your life, don’t let this happen. If you have been seriously injured as a result of slip and fall or trip and fall contact Rubenstein Law injury lawyers at 1-800-FL-LEGAL. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.
Generally, you have 4 years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. In cases where your claim is against an entity owned by the State of Florida, you only have 3 years from the date of your injury to notify the applicable government entity, and if your notice does not meet certain notice requirements, it could be barred.
How Miami Slip & Fall Lawyers Won a $4.8 Million Verdict
When Juan Del Valle went to buy an onion at his local grocery store, he never imagined he would slip and fall, much less require metal plates, a battery and screws implanted in his neck and back “for the rest of life” as a result. Juan and his wife hired Rubenstein Law to sue Winn Dixie Stores, Inc. for negligence. Attorneys Meranda Reifschneider and Raul E. Garcia secured the couple a $4.8 million jury verdict. Read More
Lake Buena Vista, FL - Man Gets Arm Stuck in Conveyor Belt at Typhoon Lagoon
A man was sent to the hospital on Sunday, December 9th after he got his arm stuck in a conveyor belt at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office was called to the 1100 block of Buena Vista Drive around 1:00 pm in reference to the event. Deputies say that the man was visiting the Miss Adventures Falls attraction when his arm became stuck in the belt. It was not immediately clear what caused the incident to occur. Officials from Reedy Creek Fire Rescue were also called to the scene and were able to free the man's arm from the belt. He was later airlifted to Osceola Regional Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Read More