Slip and fall accidents occur with regularity across South Florida and the first thing you should do if you find yourself a victim of one is to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit for damages against the at-fault party. That at-fault party is usually the owner or whoever is operating the property where the accident occurred. Property owners are required to maintain adequate insurance, which means that if you file a lawsuit you’ll more than likely be dealing with the property’s insurance company.
Slip and fall accidents often result in a variety of serious injuries including head, back, fractures and soft tissue damage. You might have to go undergo medical treatment, surgery and physical therapy – all of which can be costly.
Slip and fall cases typically come under premise liability claims. The first question that a Miami or Naples personal injury attorney will research is whom you should file the claim against – property owners, rental companies, building management, homeowners associations or a municipality. A property owner has a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition that is free from hazards or safety issues. If a property owner fails to maintain their property, they can be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur there.
Once you file a claim, our experienced personal injury attorneys at Weinstein & Cohen will typically file a demand package that includes:
• Circumstances surrounding the slip and fall accident and how it occurred
• The injuries that were sustained as a result of the accident
• A summary of the medical treatment received as a result of the slip and fall
• A detailed account of all the medical bills received concerning treatment
• A demand for monetary settlement
The settlement amount typically depends upon the amount of insurance coverage available in addition to the costs associated with medical treatment, injuries and damages suffered. In addition to the demand letter, a personal injury attorney will include copies all medical records and bills. An insurance adjuster will review the claim once it has been received and then either offer compensation or deny liability altogether.
A good Miami or Naples personal injury attorney will be able to challenge any liability disputes and should a settlement not be reached, they will then file a lawsuit against the responsible parties in your case.
Our experienced slip and fall attorneys at Weinstein & Cohen will put your priorities first. If you or someone you care about has been injured or involved in a slip and fall accident across Florida, contact the slip and fall lawyers and personal injury attorneys at Weinstein & Cohen at 239-793-3331 or 305-374-1011, or visit fairnessforall, for an absolutely free and confidential legal consultation to learn more about your options.