Category Archives: Slip & Fall Injuries

What are the Elements of a Slip and Fall Case in the State of Florida?

In the State of Florida, property owners and / or management companies have  a duty to provide for the reasonable maintenance of the property and reasonable safety of visitors, patrons, and guests.   As a Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorney, I am often asked the following question: Is a store or  property owner liable for every injury that takes place on premises? The simple answer to this question is No.  Like other legal matters, the liability of a property owner for personal injuries that take place on premises will depend on the facts and circumstances of the incident.  Slip and Fall is a … Continue reading

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How Much Should I Sue for in a Florida Personal Injury Case?

How much should I sue for in a Florida personal injury case? When a person suffers injuries in a Florida personal injury incident like an automobile accident, a lawsuit is sometimes filed in order to enforce the rights to compensation and damages of the injury victim. A question that arises many cases is as follows: How much should I sue for in my Florida personal injury case? When a personal injury case is filed in the State of Florida, it is typically filed in a Circuit Court which is a court under the supervision of the State of Florida court … Continue reading

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Jacksonville Florida Construction Worker Dies as a Result of Head Injuries Suffered at College of Coastal Georgia

A Jacksonville, Florida construction worker tragically died as a result of a construction accident recently. The fatal head injuries occurred after the man fell from a ladder at College of Coastal Georgia’s new Campus Center, confirmed Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden. The man was identified as 32-year-old John Thomas Orr, he died a little before noon at Southeast Georgia Health Center’s Brunswick hospital. Orr was working as a subcontractor on the project. It was reported that he was on the ladder to power on a piece of machinery. Witnesses reported hearing a loud “pop” noise, raising the possibility of electrical … Continue reading

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What is Mediation? Florida Mediation Requirement

Mediation is a tool used in Florida to assist parties in settling a claim for damages resulting from slip and falls, auto accidents or medical malpractice issues. A claim for damages has different stages: filing a claim, sending a demand for damages, filing a lawsuit, mediation, post mediation, and trial. If a claim for injuries and resulting damages is not settled in the first stages, then the injured party may file a lawsuit. Once a lawsuit is filed, the court requires that the parties attend mediation. Mediation is often the best opportunity to settle your case before a jury is … Continue reading

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Florida Slip and Fall Law – Store or Premises Liability

Florida slip and fall law requires proof be provided that the fall was due to the action or inaction of facility where the injured party fell. For instance, if you are shopping in a Jacksonville store and you slip on water and fall to the ground, the simple fact that the water was there does not mean that the store is responsible for your injuries. Then how can a facility be responsible for your injuries? First, if an employee carried water bottles that had a leak in them, therefore putting the water on the floor, then the store would most … Continue reading

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Even Professional Athletes Can Slip and Fall – the Dangers of Wet Floors and Florida Law on Point

The Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats recently played a basketball game in Charlotte. Vince Carter, a veteran NBA player, slipped on a part of the playing court that was wet from mopping. Coach Stan Van Gundy was quite upset over the condition of the floor and the failure of the maintenance crew to make sure that the floor was dry and properly maintained for safe play. You can read about this story at Orlando Magic Hold Off Charlotte Bobcats – Vince Carter Injured in Wet Floor Mishap. This story made news because it involved a NBA game and an … Continue reading

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Falls – A Leading Cause of Visits to Emergency Rooms Involving Personal Injuries

According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental falls are the number one injury-related reason for emergency rooms visits. The American College of Emergency Physicians suggests the primary way of avoiding these types of falls is prevention. Facts about Unintentional Falls: – 33% of home-injury-deaths are a result of falls; the leading cause. – More than 40% of nonfatal injuries are a result of falls. – Children under 5-years-old and adults over 70-years-old are most at risk. – For children, the most severe falls are associated with baby walkers and play equipment such as trampolines. – … Continue reading

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What Laws and Facts Are Important in a Slip and Fall Resulting in Personal Injuries at a Florida Business?

In Florida, if a person is injured in a slip and fall accident on a business premises, then the injured party may have a claim for damages if the following can be proven: Florida Statute 768.0710 (a) The business owed a duty to the injured party; (b) The person or company controlling the business premises acted negligently by failing to use reasonable care in the maintenance, inspection, repair, warning, or mode of operation of the business premises. The failure of the business to give notice (i.e. a warning sign) of a possible or known danger may be used as part … Continue reading

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I Slipped and Fell at a Store in Florida: What Should I Do? What Are My Legal Rights?

Falling in a Florida grocery store, mall, movie theater or just on the sidewalk in Northeast Florida can be embarrassing, but it can also lead to serious injuries. If you are injured by as a result of aFlorida slip and fall incident, some simple but important actions can help protect and enforce your legal rights. 1. Report the Incident. Make sure that the incident has been reported to an employee or a manager and write down the name of that person. 2. Witnesses. If there were witnesses to the incident or witnesses to the condition that made you fall (i.e. … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Abuse Closes Jacksonville, Florida Glenwood Nursing Center

Elder Abuse Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in Florida and has now resulted in the closing of a Jacksonville Nursing Home, Glenwood Nursing Center. In accordance with Florida Statute 440.022(O) residents living in a nursing home have a right to be protected from personal injuries resulting from mental or physical abuse. Due to an investigation by the Department of Children and Families, it came to light that such protections were not in place at Jacksonville’s Glenwood Nursing Center and on July 15, 2010, residents and their families discovered the State of Florida will be revoking the facility’s license … Continue reading

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