Do I Need A Lawyer for A Slip and Fall in Florida?

You are not required by law to hire a lawyer for a slip and fallin Florida. However, having an attorney who understands premises liability law, knows how to negotiate with insurance companies, and can represent your interests in court offers a healthy of peace of mind—leaving you to focus on recovering from your injuries.

Here are five things you should get when you hire a slip and fall lawyer in Florida.

  1. A Lawyer Will Establish the Party Who is At-Fault and Liable for Your Slip and Fall
    Personal injury law requires that you identify the person or party who is at fault and liable for your slip and fall using a “duty of care” formula. Your personal injury lawyer will handle this requirement for you by proving:

Your lawyer will tap various sources of evidence to work through the multi-pronged duty of care formula. For example:

  1. A Lawyer Will Calculate Your Damages for Your Slip and Fall Acciden

When you experience a slip-and-fall accident, the damages extend far beyond your doctor bill. Without the proper insight into all the repercussions of your accident, you might not be aware of the full impact of your injuries until it is too late to be compensated for them.

A lawyer knows where to look and who to ask for information so that he or she can compose a full-blown picture of how your injuries have impacted you economically and non-economically—today and into the future.

Some of the areas your lawyer will explore for damages include:

The numbers your attorney attaches to these types of damages will be well researched and documented and will include professional opinions from various experts, including medical, economic, and vocational.

  1. A Lawyer Will Talk to the Insurance Companies and Negotiate Toward a Fair Settlemen

Your attorney will take on the task that no mere mortal dares to approach: the challenge of talking to the insurance companies.

The lawyer begins this process by sending a demand letter to the insurer outlining your damages. The insurance provider will reply by either agreeing to the damage demands and cutting you a check; countering with a (much lower) offer; or denying the claim entirely.

If the reply consists of a counter-offer, the negotiation talks begin, with your lawyer working to get the insurer to settle for an amount that more closely matches your original demand.

If the insurer denied your claim or refused to agree to a fair settlement, your lawyer will file a lawsuit against the property owner on your behalf in civil court.

  1. A Lawyer Will File Your Lawsuit and Represent You in Cour

Your lawyer knows how to present a case in court. He or she will file your lawsuit for your slip-and-fall accident, along with all aspects of the legal proceeding, including:

  1. A Lawyer Can Juggle all the Legal Balls When Things Get Complicate

The four areas we have outlined so far represent just the tip of the legal iceberg. Slip-and-fall cases quickly plunge into some deep and icy waters.

For starters, the defendant might prove that your negligence at least partly caused your slip and fall. Under Florida’s pure comparative negligence doctrine, you can still recover damages, but reduced by the percentage you are found to have been negligent.

Furthermore, quite possibly, more than one party is to blame for your accident. Maybe you fell down a staircase, for which the premises owner is responsible, but the handrail is found to contain a manufacturing defect, which also contributed to your accident. A lawyer can sort through multiple parties and all their insurance companies and lawyers, so you do not have to bother with it.

If You Experienced a Slip and Fall in Florida and Are Considering Hiring a Lawyer

Even if you have not yet decided to hire a lawyer for your slip and fall in Florida, you might sleep better knowing you have explored the option. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyerstoday for a free case review and initial consultation: 855-529-0269.

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