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SELECTED 2013-2014

Jacksonville Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Attorney

Why Hire a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Injury Lawyer?

In 2007 the leading cause of nonfatal injury was unintentional falls, 8,035,635 in the US alone, as reported by the CDC and falls accounted for 24,792 deaths in 2009. Two of the common personal injury claims are slip and fall and trip and fall cases. These types of accidents fall under the premise liability legal actions. Where claims against individual property owners and businesses whose negligent property maintenance, failure to inspect, warn, or repair has left a dangerous condition which caused a personal injury, we will be there to represent you.

Commercial property owners have an obligation to maintain their premises or may be subject to slip and fall claims. Those subject to these claims include Office buildings, Retail stores, Restaurants, Grocery stores, Hotels and Motels, Apartments or Rental Homes and Retirement complexes.

 

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Automobile Accident

$2.6 Million Jury Verdict against Volusia County. Trial televised on Good Morning America.

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Wrongful Death

Represented the family of Jordan Davis and oversaw criminal prosecution of his killer, media relations of internationally reported case and confidential civil settlement

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Medical Malpractice

Confidential settlement of over 100 cases against a pediatric dentist who faces prosecution for fraud based on abuse of children.

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Dangerous Conditions

The following are some of the dangerous conditions that can cause injury and may be the basis for a premises liability claim: Wet surface spills, puddles, Uneven or defective flooring, Improperly secured mats, Stairs or broken, unstable or slippery steps, Surprise drop-offs, Concealed holes or potholes, Inadequate lighting, Cracked or uneven walkway and Defective escalator or elevator accidents.

 

What Damages Can I Recover in Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Injury Case?

If the negligence of another party can be proved, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from the party at fault. And oftentimes, insurance covers the loss.

You may be able to recover:

Property Damages
Diminution of Value of Property
Past Medical Expenses
Future Medical Expenses
Money Spent on Care and Treatment
Money Lost because of Injury
Compensation for Pain
Compensation for Disability
Compensation for Loss of Capacity for Enjoyment of Life
Compensation for Physical Impairment and Loss of Use
Compensation for Scarring or Disfigurement
Loss of Earnings / Wage Loss
Loss of Capacity to Earn
Damages to Spouse
Damages to Children
And More.

Tips in Case You Have Been in an Accident:

Get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers and their lawyers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn’t complain about and they will comb through your records in painful detail. Go to the doctor, be honest and detailed.

Fill out any available accident reports and police reports. Ask for a copy. Then, call your insurance carrier and make a claim. Be careful what you say. All too often, injury victims will say they are “fine” or “not that bad” or otherwise be polite and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues, but go and be honest. Hospital emergency rooms tend to leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors.

Many of our clients are hurting, struggling and hoping they get better, but aren’t. You get one shot at recovery. Lawyers must make sure the insurance companies are acting fairly. John worked for eight years defending these claims for these companies and big businesses and could write a book about ways they use your desire to be fair and reasonable against you. He now solely works for injury victims like you.

While all lawyers are allowed to advertise and anyone can basically handle a personal injury case, only Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers are allowed to identify themselves as an “expert” or as “specialist” in this area. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the area by the Supreme Court of Florida. It also means the lawyer is known for trials- pushing beyond low offers by defendants, passed a peer review and passed a tough exam. Most cases do not get that far, but it is good to have a lawyer with all of the tools in their arsenal.

Insurance carriers try to negotiate every dollar they can, because every $100 means millions in the end to their Board of Directors. Attorneys matter. Defendants and their carriers change their game plan when an experienced lawyer is involved. For that reason – and the misinformation by TV lawyers and referral services- is why people should select lawyers carefully. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up to meet with you and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, “in house courier” charges and even interest in these charges.

Because of the economy, more lawyers are jumping into personal injury and should stick to what they know. Personal injury law requires knowledge about medical science and biomechanics (the forces on a body in a wreck or a fall) far greater and more specific than you’d think. The other side has doctors and millions on their side to say nothing is wrong or fight the claim.

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