Publix Slip and Fall Accident
If you were involved in a Publix Slip and Fall accident, seek immediate medical attention and preserve any evidence of what caused your accident. This aspect is typically overlooked; however, evidence is crucial for a slip and fall lawyer to build your case. A personal injury lawyer must prove negligence on the part of the property owner.
In order to prove negligence on the part of Publix it is important to gather evidence such as:
- The shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident
- Photos of the area or location where you fell
- Photos of water, liquid, or any transitory substance that caused you to fall
- Eye witness testimony or incident reports generated by Publix
- Fire rescue documentation, store video, cell phone video, etc.
It is extremely important that you survey the area and identify exactly what caused the accident. Whether it was a tripping over a broomstick or tree branch, slipping on some sort of liquid or water, etc. It’s crucial that you record the situation and if possible, take a picture with your cell phone.Important Note to Slip, Trip, and Fall accident victims.
All commercial establishments that are open to the public, are obliged by law, to maintain their premises (inside and out) free of hazards that can cause an accident. If you have suffered personal injury in Publix, you need legal advice. Businesses must provide good lighting, dry floors, warning signs for repair areas, all of which add to the safety they must provide their customers. Slippery falls or uneven stairs can lead to broken hips, sprained ankles, and much more serious Publix personal injury.Get to know the people who witnessed your slip and fall at Publix
Immediately after a slip and fall accident, most victims are rightfully more concerned about dealing with their immediate pain. Thus they overlook the cause of their accident. One of the most powerful forms of evidence is an independent witness. While this is common, it can make it difficult for a personal injury lawyer to preserve the evidence they need in order to get maximum compensation for your injury, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other negative impacts which can be caused by a serious slip and fall accident injury.
Failure to save the phone numbers of independent witnesses can be detrimental to a case. Independent witnesses to a slip and fall accident, as well as photographic and video evidence, can later help prove the negligence of Publix in court and at trial.Putting Publix on notice and attempting to get their video surveillance evidence
It is also extremely important to seek-out qualified legal representation with respect to the injuries you suffered due to a Publix slip and fall accident. Once you have consulted with an attorney and made the lawyer aware of the circumstances which caused your accident, the lawyer will send a spoliation letter. A spoliation letter puts Publix on notice of a potential claim and of their responsibility to preserve all of the evidence in their possession. This may include video surveillance footage of the actual slip and fall inside of Publix as well as exterior video footage if the accident happened outside of Publix. While this letter puts Publix on notice to preserve evidence, it does not create a duty for Publix to provide the video tape or CD. Many times, Publix will not provide video surveillance footage without a court order forcing them to do so. While it may be frustrating, it is a common practice when defending slip and fall injury cases.Enlist the help of a dedicated Miami Lawyer after a Publix slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious bodily injuries to you or a loved one. The Perazzo Law Firm personal injury lawyers will fight to get you compensated for your pain, suffering, and lost wages due to your Publix slip and fall injury.
We help Personal Injury victims throughout Florida hold Publix and other establishments responsible for their negligent actions. Call The Perazzo Law Firm at (786)529-7411 or CONTACT US online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We work on a contingency basis so, if you do not collect money, you will not owe us anything.What exactly is Slip, Trip, and Fall?
Private and public places and work areas are supposed to be safe for pedestrians, and walking should relatively be a safe thing to do. Unfortunately, statistics show that slips, trips, and falls, account for 15% of all accidental deaths, ranking second after motor vehicles in terms of fatalities. The results of serious personal injury or death can be economically devastating for victims and their loved-ones.
Most slip, trip and fall accidents can occur on wet or oily surfaces due to cleaning, leaks, or debris. Floors that are uneven or undergoing repair can lead to trip and fall accidents. Falling can present serious personal injury depending if it was an elevated or same-level fall. Over one-million Americans per year suffer slip, trip, and fall accidents and approximately 30% of them suffer injuries such as bruises and fractures. The most common fractures include the hip, arm, and ankle. More severe slip, trip, and fall incidents can cause head trauma and lead to brain injuries, which account for approx. 45% of fatal falls among the elderly. Many slip, trip, and fall accidents take place at work, which accounts for almost 20% of job-related injuries. Employees who suffer slip, trip, or fall injuries at work, have legal rights and should know what they are. These work related injuries account for almost 15% of all Workers' Compensation expenses.
If you have been injured in a Slip, Trip or Fall accident, call The Perazzo Law Firm and receive professional legal advice at No Initial Cost.