You could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other losses if you slipped and fell in a Florida Starbucks. Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, so it is very important that you get professional legal assistance in your corner as quickly as possible.
The professionals at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers are standing by to begin working on your claim. Our Florida Starbucks slip and fall accident and injury lawyer can work aggressively to bring you full compensation for your losses.
Reviewing the Facts About Starbucks Stores
The first Starbucks opened in Washington state in 1971, and the company expanded to operate 30,000 stores by 2019. Starbucks employs around 290,000 people. You can find Starbucks stores around the world.
Starbucks reported around $24.71 billion in revenue alone in the year 2018. The company is very concerned with protecting its bottom line. This means that they often work with powerful insurance agents who will do everything they can to deny your compensation. Fortunately, you can get professional legal help to increase the odds that you will be treated fairly after your accident.
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Report a Slip and Fall Accident at Starbucks
Securing full compensation after a Starbucks slip and fall accident can be easier if you take certain steps immediately. Make sure that you:
- Report your accident to an employee so it can be documented
- Get contact information from witnesses
- Take pictures of your injuries and the place where you fell
- Seek out medical treatment right away
- Contact our firm
Skipping these steps can make it much harder to get the damages you need to move forward with your life. Take charge of your future by contacting Jason and Debi Chalik for help getting fair compensation.
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Understand the Causes of Starbucks Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents may occur in Starbucks stores throughout Florida for several reasons. The odds that you will slip and fall increase if you are in an area:
- With insufficient lighting
- With rugs that are improperly arranged
- That is wet from rain, recent mopping, or a spill
Many customers who visit Starbucks order coffee or another drink. These drinks can spill easily, leading to slick spots across the floor that could result in a fall accident.
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Results of a Starbucks Slip and Fall Accident
In some cases, slip and fall accidents may only result in embarrassment. However, this is not always the case. A fall in a Starbucks restaurant can easily lead to serious injuries, including:
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck, spinal cord, and back injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Cuts, abrasions, and other soft tissue injuries
Medical care is often costly in Florida. This means that you could face growing debt piles if you are hurt in a Starbucks slip and fall accident. You may be able to get compensation for your medical expenses and other losses by filing a premises liability claim with the help of Jason and Debi Chalik.
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Build Your Premises Liability Claim in Florida
You can work with our slip and fall accident lawyer to construct a premises liability claim to get full damages for your losses. To secure fair compensation, your lawyer must prove that the property owner was liable for your accident. If you were a Starbucks customer injured in an accident on their premises, four essential elements must be established to prove a premises liability claim:
- The defendant owed you a legal duty of care to ensure you were reasonably safe on the property
- The defendant breached or violated that duty by failing to remove a hazard or inform you of it
- That defendant’s breach of their legal duty caused or contributed to your injuries
- You suffered quantifiable losses due to the defendant’s breach of legal responsibility
Jason and Debi Chalik can investigate your case to help establish liability for the property owner of the Starbucks where you fell.
What Is the “Open and Obvious” Defense?
In Florida, the open and obvious principle provides that a property owner is not liable for injuries caused by an unsafe condition when the hazard was so unmistakable that any reasonable person would have avoided it. Moreover, if the defendant can prove the average customer should have known of the danger, the claimant may find it challenging to establish a viable case.
Understanding Pure Comparative Fault
In Florida, courts recognize the pure comparative fault statute. This law states that a claimant’s contributions to causing an accident and their injuries will diminish the amount they would otherwise be awarded for damages in proportion to their contributory fault. So, for example, if you slipped and fell and were found 40% at fault and received a financial award of $100,000, this amount would be reduced to $60,000.
Filing a Claim and Negotiating With the Insurer
If you had a slip and fall accident at a Starbucks location, the corporation’s insurance company would likely handle the liability claim on their client’s behalf. Once the insurer is notified of your accident, a claim adjuster will contact you.
If you’re working with us, you will provide the adjuster with our information so we can communicate with the insurer on your behalf. Next, you can expect that your slip and fall lawyer and the claims adjuster will perform independent accident investigations. Then, your attorney will start collecting relevant documents, such as accident and police reports.
Once you’ve recovered as much as can be expected and returned to work, your attorney will also request copies of your medical and employment records and use them to calculate your financial damages. Finally, your attorney will send a demand letter to the claims adjuster insisting they pay you a specific amount of compensation for your losses.
We May Need to Go to Court
The adjuster might disregard this notice, reply with a counteroffer, or deny the company was at fault and refuse to agree to a settlement. If the latter happens, it may be time to take your case to court.
Florida’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
The Florida statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits based on negligence, including slip and fall accidents, is two years, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). The clock for these cases typically starts running when the injury occurs. Claimants who attempt to file a lawsuit after the statute expires may lose their right to compensation.
Occasionally, the claimant will not discover they have an injury for some time after it happened. In these cases, the court may determine the statute of limitations should begin on the date of discovery rather than the incident itself.
Get Help from Our Starbucks Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
You could be entitled to compensation if you fell in a Starbucks. Take steps to get sufficient damages by connecting with our Florida Starbucks slip and fall accident and injury lawyer now. You can reach us by calling or completing our online contact form. Get started with a free consultation. Also, check out our client testimonials to see what clients enjoyed about working with us.
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