Slip & Fall Accident Attorneys In Gainesville, FL
Slip & Fall Accident Attorneys
Slip and fall accidents can be dangerous. It's easy to break a bone, over-extend a joint or tear a muscle when you fall and eagerly try to catch yourself to avoid injury. Business owners, property managers, and even homeowners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their patrons and invited guests. If your slip and fall injuries are severe, contact a qualified personal injury attorney at Warner, Sechrest & Butts in Gainesville, FL. We'll help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical bills or lost wages through a slip and fall settlement.
What Is A Slip & Fall Case Or Slip & Fall Negligence?
Slip and fall cases involve a situation where a person has fallen, usually as a result of a slippery or wet surface. There are many variations of slip and fall cases and often slip and fall cases are related to other types of fall cases such as a trip and fall case. Most fall cases relate to a property owner, property manager or commercial enterprise failing to properly maintain flooring surfaces.
A very common slip and fall case involves a customer walking into a store and falling down in the entryway due to moisture or water on the floor. Stores and other commercial enterprises have a duty to provide floor mats, wet floor signs, dry mops, and other maintenance and warning signs which are reasonably necessary to avoid slip and fall accidents.
Another common type of slip and fall accident involves slippery painted concrete surfaces in a parking lot such as parking lot ramps or parking stripes which are painted with a slippery material. It is very convenient and reasonable for stores to use anti-slip or slip-resistant material on painted surfaces. Additionally, handrails can often help to avoid slip and fall injuries and should be used whenever possible.
Should I Contact A Slip & Fall Attorney?
If you have been injured and are wondering what to do after a slip and fall accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Even if you are unaware of the exact nature of your injuries, it is important for you to contact an attorney sooner rather than later. If contacted early, the personal injury attorney can collect and preserve the evidence that may be involved in your slip and fall case.
To handle a slip and fall case properly, the attorney needs to be able to take photographs/video of the scene before any defects are fixed or warning signs posted, take witness statements, and possibly hire an engineer who will perform friction testing to determine the precise nature of the slippery surface. A slip and fall accident lawyer will also counsel you that it is also very important to keep the shoes that were worn during the accident. You should not wear or discard the shoes until your attorney and the opposing attorney have the opportunity to analyze the shoes, as they will very likely become evidence in the case.
Why Should I Contact Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.?
Our law firm is different than other law firms. We return phone calls personally and provide our clients with the highest level of respect and professional courtesy. Our lawyers are qualified to handle slip and fall negligence cases and have handled many such cases during the years of our experience. We have lawyers who are board-certified as experts in civil trial law, which is the area of law which handles litigating negligence cases including slips and falls. Fewer than 2 percent of all attorneys in the state of Florida are board-certified in civil trial law as trial experts.
Warner, Sechrest & Butts can help you recover damages related to your slip and fall settlement. Many times people underestimate the extent of injuries that can result from a slip and fall. We have seen cases where clients/victims have been rendered fully and permanently disabled as a result of slip-and-fall accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall accident, we will help you recover for:
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
- lost earning capacity and other business losses
- past and future medical bills
- loss of past and future household expenses
- other related damages
Even if you think that you may be partially at fault in the accident, our slip and fall attorneys can help you recover for your injury. In Florida, the law provides recovery even for plaintiffs who have contributed to their own accidents. This is known as "comparative fault" and we can help you analyze your potential recovery and the value of your case. If you would like to have an experienced slip and fall lawyer handle your premises liability case, contact our office 24 hours a day.