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Choosing a Slip and Fall Attorney
We had a client come in last week who was here visiting from out of state. They were seriously injured when they slipped and fell at one of the local shopping venues. The client had asked me what kind of attorney they needed to help with this type of case. Our answer to him was you need to find an attorney that is knowledgeable of these types of cases here in the Orlando, Florida area. Orlando, Florida is unique because we have many venues where slip and fall can occur. We have outdoor shopping venues. We have theme parks. We have other places where many of the locals spend their time. We have a lot of tourists that come in from out of state or from out of the country.
Having dealt with these types of cases, specifically in this area, is very important for the attorney to have that kind of knowledge. Also, Florida is unique in the sense that they have specialized laws regarding slip and falls. An attorney has to be knowledgeable about those specific laws as they may affect your particular slip and fall case. Only speaking with and hiring someone who’s knowledgeable with those types of laws is going to ensure that you have someone who will make sure that you can receive the compensation that you deserve. If you have any other questions about slip and falls in Orlando, Florida, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
How Warning Signs Impact Slip and Fall Claims
We had a client come in the other day. We were was talking with him about his slip and fall case. He had slipped and fallen at one of the local theme parks. While we were discussing the unique facts and circumstances of his case, he had indicated to me that he had taken some photographs of the area. We were going through those photographs and we saw that there were some warning wet floor signs that were in that area where the incident occurred. The way that a warning sign may or may not affect your case in Orlando, Florida is really depending on the facts and circumstances of your case.
If, for example, the warning sign is nowhere near where you fell, then it may not have any effect on your case. Also the most important thing is in Florida we follow this particular set of rules that even though there is a warning sign and the injured party our client may have been in that area and may have seen it, that doesn’t really let the business off the hook. That’s simply a warning. They’re still responsible for making sure that the area is reasonably safe condition because there are different circumstances where the patrons to that area may not see the sign. Maybe they don’t speak the language that the sign is in. Maybe the sign is not adequately colored or enough to be recognized. All of these things come into play that could affect your case.
The simple fact is that a warning sign does not mean that you do not have a case. It’s just simply something that you’re going to have to deal with in prosecuting your slip and fall case. Again, it’s important to hire an attorney that’s knowledgeable with slip and fall cases in Orlando, Florida because they’ll be able to develop your case in a way where a warning sign will not have any effect or little effect in getting you the compensation that you deserve. If you have any other questions about slip and fall cases in Orlando, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Mistakes To Avoid After a Slip and Fall
Some common mistakes that we see when clients come in after they have fallen at a local venue in Orlando, Florida, such as a theme park or shopping center, is that oftentimes there’s a failure to preserve evidence. In these slip and fall cases, oftentimes there’s a certain element that has caused this slip and fall to occur. For example, if you’re at a local shopping or food venue, there may be some type of liquid or other item on the floor that caused the fall. This item may be removed or it may be discarded after you have left the scene. After that, that could become an important and contentious issue in your case.
What we recommend is to avoid those problems is to make sure that, if you can, if you’re physically able to or if someone nearby is physically able to, is make sure to document that scene as detailed as possible. If you have your cellphone or if you have a camera, take pictures of the area. Take pictures of your injury. Take pictures of the employees. Get names so you can recognize the people that were there or the employees that were there and attended to you because many people get surprised when they try to go back and get this information, maybe those employees are no longer working there, the scene will be cleaned or that material that may have caused you to fall will be long gone by that time. Very important in those types of cases is to make sure that you document the scene, what may or may not have caused you to fall, and your injuries.
Another thing that we see that can affect a slip and fall case in Orlando, Florida is the failure to get an incident report or have the store file an incident report. Many times when we have clients come in and we ask for that incident report, they tell me that one wasn’t offered to them or they weren’t given a copy of the one that they filled out. These are things that could affect your case in the future. One, make sure that an incident report gets filled out. Then number two, get a copy of that incident report. After all, it is our incident and it’s your name or your signature most likely on that document. That’s something that you should be able to get from those companies or those businesses. That will help you in the future.
The other thing is to make sure that you get with an attorney that has handled slip and fall cases in Orlando, Florida. That’s a mistake that we often see some clients make. We get clients that come in oftentimes that they’ve been represented by other attorneys who are not familiar with this specific type of case and we have to take over the case and then we can go forward and help them with that. These are some of the things that can help you in your slip and fall case. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Did you get injured from a fall? Don’t make these mistakes and ruin your injury claim. Contact our experienced Orlando Slip and fall lawyers today for a free legal consultation and case evaluation to get started on your claim.
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