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What to Do After A Slip and Fall Accident

While a slip and fall accident can seem simple and easy to prove on your own, the potential for serious non-visible injuries is real. The first thing you should do on the scene of a slip and fall accident is to seek medical attention for your injuries, and if possible, get photos of the accident scene and what may have caused it. Then, call Chambers|Pilon so one of our slip and fall attorneys can guide you through the claim process. If you slip and fall on someone else’s property or at a business because of a dangerous condition or failed maintenance, you may have options and our accident attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and future costs. 

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An elderly woman who fell and is getting helped up with her cane and broken glasses on the ground in front of her

What Has to be Proven in a Slip and Fall Claim

Under Florida law, property owners have a legal responsibility to make sure their premises are reasonably safe for visitors and guests. In different situations, this can mean different things. A homeowner has the obligation to warn visitors of any known hazards such as a loose handrail or broken stair. Business owners have a greater responsibility–they must fix any issues that could be discovered with a reasonable inspection. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys will be able to review the circumstances in your case and take the appropriate steps to seek maximum compensation for your injury-related costs.

Merely experiencing a slip and fall incident on someone else's property does not automatically guarantee your ability to receive compensation. To successfully recover damages from a property or business owner, one or more of the following must be established: 

  • Your injury was the result of a dangerous or unsafe condition on the property 
  • The property or business owner created this hazard 
  • The property or business owner neglected their duty to rectify a hazard or provide adequate warning to visitors

Proving a slip and fall case can be challenging. It involves establishing that the property owner was aware of the condition or should have reasonably identified it. Furthermore, our slip and fall attorneys must illustrate that the property owner had sufficient time to address or rectify the hazardous situation.

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Slip and Fall Accident Claims, Settlements and Outcomes

After a slip and fall accident the liable party's insurance company may try to settle the case quickly by offering you a small amount of compensation. Sadly, insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart. Instead, they aim to pay as little as possible, so they can close the case fast. 

We want you to be able to focus on recovering and leave your accident claim to us. Our local slip and fall attorneys will immediately send letters of representation to inform creditors, insurance companies, and others that we represent you and that work on a legal claim for compensation is underway. These letters advise them that we are representing you and speak for you, and all matters pertaining to your accident, and that we anticipate compensation to pay bills related to your accident and injuries.

In most cases, our experienced attorneys can negotiate a settlement offer from the insurance company, which we will present for your approval. If we can settle your case, it is over and you receive payment almost immediately. However, we are always prepared to fight a slip and fall case in court should the case warrant it.

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