As a personal injury lawyer in Florida, I often represent individuals who have been injured by a slipping and falling in a business. Often when this happens the person can sustain permanent and significant injuries to their back, neck and head. If your fall is a result of the negligent actions of the business owner you may be entitled to recover money to compensate you for your loss.
It is very important that if you or a family member have been injured after a slip and fall that you contact an attorney who handles these type of case as soon as possible. In the last few years the Florida Legislature has made it increasingly difficult to recover money from a slip and fall case. If you fall in a business and you believe you have significant injury, it is important to do several things in order to help your lawyer in the future.
First, write down the names and phone numbers of any employees or other witnesses who saw the incident. Second, take note of any cameras that may have captured your fall. Your attorney will want to obtain a copy of this videotape and preserve the video for a possible trial in the future. Also, you should take pictures with your cell phone, if possible, of the area where you slipped and fell. Your lawyer will need to know if you slipped and fell because the surface of the floor was uneven or if you fell because of a foreign substance on the surface on the floor, such as water or food. Additionally, you will want to preserve the shoes you were wearing at the time you fell inside the business. By taking these steps you will help your attorney in future litigation.
Furthermore, please remember to speak with a lawyer who handles slip and fall cases before speaking to a representative from the insurance company. The insurance company will often call you immediately after the slip and fall accident and attempt to get you to make a recorded statement. I strongly recommend speaking to an attorney before you give any statement.
A business can often be liable for damages in a slip and fall case when they fail to maintain proper cleaning procedures or they fail to clean up items that they know or should know could cause potential injuries to the people who enter their business.
If you have questions about your slip and fall case and would like to speak with me you can call me at The Law Office of Jeremiah D. Allen, P. A at (407) 415-9626. My office is in Orlando, Florida and I handle cases across the State of Florida. You can also email me at Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com.
One question that clients often have is: What is PIP Insurance? PIP is short for Personal Injury Protection. PIP is a required portion of all insurance policies in the State of Florida which services to pay 80% of all a persons medical bills and 60% of a person’s lost wages if they are injured as a result of an automobile accident. Your PIP insurance is called “no fault” insurance because it is not based on who caused or was at fault in the automobile accident. Therefore, if you are injured in an accident, your automobile insurance company is required to pay $10,0000 worth of your medical bills and lost wages that resulted from the automobile accident. However, it is important to note, that recent changes to PIP law now require that a medical doctor deem you to have an “Emergency Medical Condition” in order to qualify for the full $10,000. If your injuries are not found to be an “emergency medical condition” then you will be limited to $2,500.00 in PIP insurance.
Importantly, the law now requires that in order to receive payment for medical expenses and lost wages under your PIP insurance you must seek medical treatment within 14 days of the automobile accident. These are just a few facts to help you better understand the insurance benefits that are available to you under Florida law when you are injured in an automobile accident in the State of Florida. If you have questions about your PIP insurance coverage and your automobile accident please feel free to call my office at (407)415-9626.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident because of a distracted driver you may be surprised at the facts listed below.
Research on distracted driving reveals some surprising facts:
- 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).
- Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)
- In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (FARS and GES)
The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
- Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)
If you or a family member has been injured by a distracted driver and would like to speak to a Personal Injury lawyer. Please give my office a call at 813.251.8200. I would also be happy to answer any questions you might have by email. You can email me at: Jeremiah@Jeremiahdallen.com.