Wellington Slip and Fall Lawyer
The Datny Law Firm of Wellington, Florida
The Datny Law Firm in Wellington, Florida helps victims of Slip and Fall Accidents in Wellington, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County. Whether your accident involved a fall injury at Publix, or a trip and fall on a sidewalk at Home Depot or Costco, Wellington Slip and Fall Lawyer David B. Datny can help.
Slip and fall accidents can be foreseeable or unforeseeable, but their effects are potentially devastating. These accidents can happen almost anywhere, from uneven surfaces to doorways, cluttered areas, sidewalks, to busy corridors. Most slip and fall victims assume that they were at fault for the accident or should have perhaps been more attentive prior to the fall. However, property owners or business establishment managers have a duty to keep their premises free from any potential hazards for visitors.
Under Florida law, such individuals owe their visitors a duty of care and may be held liable for their slip and fall injuries. If you’ve been severely injured after slipping and falling in a store, sidewalk, or amusement park, it is important that you contact an experienced Wellington Slip and Fall Attorney. David B. Datny helps slip and fall victims recover compensation through individualized, aggressive legal representation. Contact The Datny Law Firm today for a case evaluation so that you know your legal options.
What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents can sometimes be embarrassing, and victims may want to pick themselves up and move on quickly after falling. Initially, victims may not feel the full effects of the fall and may only learn of the injury extent afterward. However, leaving the slip and fall scene is exactly what you shouldn’t do. Instead, you should ensure that you:
- Stay at the scene. Try to establish the cause of the accident and seek immediate medical help if necessary.
- Report the accident to the property owner or business manager, file an incident report, and get a copy.
- Get names and contact information of the witnesses present at the time of the slip and fall.
- Take pictures of the accident location.
- Contact a Wellington slip and fall lawyer
What Are The Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slips and fall accidents may be caused by many factors. However, the most common ones include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven floors
- Spilled food or drinks
- Inadequate lighting
- Poorly-maintained sidewalks
What Are The Common Slip And Fall Injuries?
Most victims overlook slip and fall injuries at first or assume that they are minor. However, these injuries could be severe, especially if the victim is a senior. Therefore, it is advisable to seek immediate medical attention to establish the seriousness of the injuries and receive appropriate treatment. The following are some of the most common slip and fall injuries that victims may suffer:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones (especially hips and wrists)
- Neck and Spine injuries
- Nerve and soft tissue damage
How Can a Wellington Slip and Fall Attorney Help?
Whenever you fall on another person’s property, it is important that you first seek medical care. Visiting a doctor ensures that you receive appropriate treatment and information on any injuries you may have suffered, which is key to quick and full recovery. Once you are in a better condition, your next move should be consulting an experienced Wellington Slip and Fall lawyer like David B. Datny. Here’s how he can help you with your slip and fall claim:
Investigating the Fall
Once you consult a slip and fall attorney in Wellington, the first thing they do is investigate your fall. At The Datny Law Firm, we act fast to collect information about your accident, which proves to be valuable in establishing that the property owner was responsible for your injuries.
Normally, property owners tend to fix the condition that led to a slip and fall accident right away. Beginning the investigation early enough helps preserve any visual or physical evidence of the location of the fall. By collecting such evidence, we help prove that the fall happened, show how it happened, and what the owner should have done to prevent the victim’s injury.
Negotiating With Insurance Carriers
Thanks to his knowledge of the insurance field, David B. Datny also helps victims by negotiating with insurance companies to get slip and fall victims a reasonable settlement. He understands all the tricks that insurance carriers and insurance adjusters use to deny compensation or underpay. Thus, he knows his way around a negotiation, and you can rest assured that you will get the compensation you deserve.
Representation in Court
While not many slip and fall claims go to trial, it is usually a possibility, especially when the insurance carrier wrongfully denies your claim or fails to pay a reasonable settlement. To ensure that victims get the compensation they deserve, David B. Datny is always ready to take their cases to court. This ensures a strong bargaining position, and insurance carriers are compelled to pay a substantial amount as compensation for the victim’s injuries.
What Damages Can I Claim In a Wellington Slip and Fall Case?
Slip and fall accidents may lead to various losses, including financial losses and loss of quality of life. Victims may, therefore, hold property owners or business managers liable for their financial and non-financial losses. Generally, victims can claim economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
These are damages awarded as compensation for monetary losses resulting from the slip and fall accident. Their dollar value is easy to determine and are therefore easy to calculate. The most common economic damages include:
- Lost income – both current and future lost income
- Medical bills, which include tests, doctor visits, and prescription drugs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Out-of-pocket costs
These are damages awarded for losses whose dollar value may not be easy to establish and are often referred to as pain and suffering. They include:
• Emotional anguish
• Loss of enjoyment of activities
• Aggravation of existing conditions
• Loss of consortium/companionship (for spouses)
These are also known as exemplary damages. While these may not always be awarded in slip and fall cases, the court may award them if the defendant is found to be extremely negligent. These damages are meant to punish the defendant and deter them from acting negligently in the future.
Are There Time Limits For Filing a Wellington Slip and Fall Claim?
Slip and fall lawsuits have time limits, beyond which you may lose your right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Florida Statute 95.11 allows slip and fall victims to file a lawsuit within four years of the injury date. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Individuals who’ve lost a loved one due to injuries suffered in a slip and fall accident have only two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Slip and fall claims against a municipality also have a shorter time limit. Therefore, it is important to consult a slip and fall lawyer as soon as a slip and fall accident occurs.
If you’ve suffered injuries following a slip and fall accident on a business premise or another persons’ property, don’t hesitate to talk to a Wellington Slip and Fall Attorney. At The Datny Law Firm, we help victims by negotiating for reasonable compensation from insurance carriers or representing them whenever the case goes to trial. Call us today at 561-221-7474 to find out more about how we can help you.