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Resort Slip And Fall Injury Case Question

April 6, 2009

The following is an expert answer given by Florida Premises Liability Lawyer, Joseph M. Maus, and taken from AllExperts.com, a free Q & A service on the internet:

Subject: Slip and Fall Case

Question: In January,I slipped and fell at a resort in Florida, fracturing my T12 vertebrae. The cleaning people oversprayed a stainless steel cleaner on the floor in the elevator causing the floor to be slippery. My 3 month vacation has been a disaster. I’ve had X-rays, 2 MRI’s, a back brace, and several Dr appointments. I do have insurance with a co-pay.  What should I expect in compensation for this painful injury? The insurance company has already said the cleaning people were at fault.

Answer: Pat, The first piece of advice I would give you is to quit dealing directly with the insurance company.  They do not have your best interests in mind.  If it is the insurance company for the resort or cleaning company, they are only interested in limiting their exposure, i.e. the amount of money they will have to pay out for your slip and fall case injuries.  The value of a slip and fall case in Florida depends on several factors – primarily 1.  the degree of liability on the at-fault party (the resort and/or cleaning people); 2. whether you can be held comparatively negligent at all; 3.  the severity of your injury and extent of your past and future medical treatment; 4. whether you have lost wages or may lose earning capacity in the future; and 5. past and future pain and suffering.  Without knowing more about the details of your case it is difficult to tell you an estimated value.  You should speak with an attorney specializing in slip and fall cases in your area to get the claim going. One of the first things you want to do is verify the type and amount of insurance coverage. Most likely, many hotels and resorts will carry "medical payments" coverage which will pay you money to cover your out of pocket medical expenses. Also, after reviewing your entire slip and fall case, an experienced slip and fall lawyer is going to be able to give you advice on the value of your case, and how best to proceed against the insurance company.  Most slip and fall lawyers handle cases on a contingent basis which means if the lawyer does not recover any money for your claim, there is no charge for costs or attorney’s fees. My office is in South Florida and I specialize in slip and fall claims.  Please give me a call and I’d be happy to discuss your case further.   If you’re located north of Orlando, I can probably still refer you to an experienced slip and fall case attorney in your area.  Good Luck.  

For more information about a Florida slip and fall case, contact Florida premises liability lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today.

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