Were you injured in a trip and fall in Florida? Read the 4 things you need to know about slip and falls, then contact our attorneys today.
1. Claim Value
Number one, we have to assess liability or responsibility from the business owner. Just because there’s a puddle of water on the floor and someone slips and falls does not mean the business owner is automatically responsible.
What you need is to consult with a trial lawyer who is able to effectively evaluate the case and communicate to you what that value is. It’s often impossible to determine what the value of your case is at the initial consultation stage, but, certainly, details such as the mechanics of your fall and a picture of what you fell on are a good way to start the process.
2. Suing a Friend
Ultimately, what’s going to happen is, if you have to make a claim against the insurance company, we’re not going to be able to sue the insurance company. We’re going to have to sue the homeowner, unfortunately.
You start with a thorough analysis. These cases are difficult. This gentleman may have not even had a case. He had a question looking down the road to see if he was going to have a problem, but the first step is to analyze it because you may not have one. It’s good to get a trial lawyer to analyze a case so you’re not sitting in a room a year after a law firm accepts the case and they’re telling you that they’re not going to move forward with it. Get to that point earlier and these difficult decisions that may arise with these kinds of cases will blend themselves out. It’s better to get it done earlier than later.
3. Cases on a Rental Property
The first analysis is always difficult for premises liability. You have to decide whether there is a claim. Just because you fall off of steps, doesn’t necessarily mean you have a claim. The liability analysis is there, but when it comes to whether they can sue or make a claim against the – for instance, in this case – landlord, the answer is yes, but you have to establish whether there is liability. It’s not just a case because you fell. Unfortunately for this particular client, he sustained damages that exceeded $400,000, so it was definitely worth getting a thorough analysis of the liability portion of the case before we could decide whether there was a case.
4. Insurance Investigations
Your best bet is to consult with a trial lawyer in a free consultation to analyze the specific aspects of slip and fall claims, which are usually very complicated in the state of Florida. There is a determination with regard to liability that we have to assess first. It’s a better bet to get that assessment before you start speaking with the insurance companies.
Remember, insurance companies are designed to save their insured as much money as possible. They will adjust your claim and they will pay you the lowest amount they can get away with. To get the full value of your case, speak with a trial lawyer.
Were you or a loved one severely injured in a trip and fall in Florida and have questions about the 4 things you need to know about slip and falls? Contact experienced Florida slip and fall lawyers at Serrano Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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