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Walt Disney World, Florida Slip and Fall Question – Expert Advice

February 18, 2010

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: Disney World, Florida Slip and Fall Question

Question: While visiting Disney World in December 09, I was in the restroom in the lobby at one of the resorts, and while exiting the restroom I slipped and fell on the wet floor (no signs were posted). I was taken to the Celebration Hospital via ambulance. I was diagnosed with a concusion and was required to stay in the hospital for two days.

What is Disney responsible for – medical bills, pain and suffering? Do I have a case?

Answer: The best advice I can give you is to speak with an experienced Florida slip and fall injury lawyer about your claim.  Believe it or not, there are attorneys in the central Florida area that specialize in accidents that occur at Walt Disney World.  And many of the claims involve slip and fall accidents.  As you could imagine, with as many people that go through WDW and its resorts on a daily basis, there are a lot of accidents that occur.

Keep in mind that WDW is not responsible for every slip and fall that occurs at one of its resort hotels.  In Florida, a hotel owner/operator owes two duties to persons lawfully on the property – maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, and to warn persons on the property of dangerous conditions that the person may not be able to appreciate themselves.  You need to be able to prove that WDW knew, or should have known, about the wet floor.  There are different ways to go about doing that, but it is best to consult with an experienced Florida slip and fall injury attorney to discuss the facts of your claim.

If you can prove WDW is liable for the claim, Florida law allows you to recover money damages for your injury(s) and resulting damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and damages that you may lose in the future due to your injury.  You can also recover money damages for your pain and suffering, both past and future.

You should consult with an experienced Florida slip and fall lawyer that has handled claims against WDW.  It is best to find an accident injury lawyer in central Florida that can investigate your claim. You should speak to a lawyer soon.  The lawyer will advise you how best to pursue your claim.  You will also want the lawyer to put WDW on notice of the claim, preserve any evidence such as surveillance video or witness statements, and help coordinate your medical care.

For more information about your rights in a case of a Disney World, Florida slip and fall injury, contact Florida premises liability lawyer, Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at mauslawfirm.com or email him today.

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Florida Slip and Fall Cases at Wal Mart – Expert Advice

December 12, 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:

Question:
My elderly mother fell in WalMart nearly 3 years ago and the case is still in litigation. The store was being remodeled and where they had moved a shelf to prepare to replace the floor, a small piece of tile was missing. Her foot struck this indention and she went down, breaking her shoulder and causing massive damage to the point that my sister and myself had to dress her, wash her her hair and numerous other tasks she needed 2 hands to accomplish. She lost so much of the use of her arm that she is severely limited. Of course now, 3 years later, she has also had a stroke and is paralyzed on that same side. Will WalMart attorneys likely downplay her injuries to the jury and make it seem like her stroke was the real problem? Just curious as to what to expect once we get into court. We have mediation in a couple of weeks so I’m hoping that things get settled before we get to court. Thanks for your time.

Answer:
Your email does not indicate what state you are from.  I am a Florida accident lawyer specializing in car accident, Florida slip and fall cases and workers compensation claims.  Laws vary from state to state, so you should speak with your mother’s attorney to get accurate advice.

Your attorney should be sitting down with you in the next week or so to let you know what to expect at mediation, and if the case does not settle at mediation, what to expect at trial.  The large majority of cases that go to mediation settle, so I would say that your mother’s case has a decent shot at settling.  However, I know very little about her case, so you are best to speak with your attorney about the chances of settling prior to trial.  He may have already spoken to Wal Mart’s attorneys and has an idea whether the case may settle at mediation.

Wal Mart’s attorneys, and all insurance defense attorneys, will use any potential defense available to them.  If Wal Mart’s attorney thinks that he/she can convince a jury that some or all of your mother’s problems are due to the stroke, versus the fall, you can bet that the attorney will try to do that.

Your attorney should be able to distinguish between the two events by using testimony from family and friends about the effect the fall had on your mother, even prior to the stroke.  Your attorney will also use your mother’s medical records after the fall to show how much of an effect the shoulder injury had on her activities of daily living – work, taking care of herself, spouse or family, leisure activities such as exercise or sports, volunteer work she may have done.  Your attorney will try to paint a picture of an active, healthy lifestyle before the fall, with the fall causing a substantial decrease in your mother’s activities after the fall, but before the stroke.

One question that I have is whether any of your mother’s doctors would testify that the decrease in your mother’s activities due to the fall is what caused the stroke?  Or possibly the stroke was caused by medication that your mother began taking after the fall due to her injury?  These are issues I am sure your attorney is exploring.

In Florida slip and fall cases, as in most personal injury cases, mediation is the best opportunity to settle the case prior to trial.  You should contact your mother’s accident injury lawyer and set up a time to sit down with the attorney to discuss mediation.  You should discuss the amount of money the attorney is going to ask for at mediation, whether there have been any offers from Wal Mart so far, the risks of going to trial, and the strengths and weaknesses of your mother’s case.

For more information about your rights in a case of a Florida slip and fall injury, contact Florida premises liability lawyer, Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at mauslawfirm.com or email him today.

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Florida Slip and Fall Cases – Atlantic City Casino – Expert Advice

September 25, 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 at an Atlantic City Casino

Question: 10 days ago, I was staying at the Borgota Casino in AC. After
coming back inside from checking the weather (it was very nasty and rainy
out), I tripped and fell onto my left knee in the entrance way. Because of
the weather and foot traffic from the revolving door, the floor was wet, but
there weren’t any "CAUTION WET FLOOR" signs.
I assumed that I just bumped it and it was swollen so I didn’t take any
further action to report it. I don’t have health insurance so I didn’t want
to have to pay an enormous fee at the hospital to get it checked out.

It’s been 10 days, and I can’t even bend my knee now. The swelling hasn’t
gone down, and I feel there may be some fluid in my knee cap. Like I said, I
have been laid off from my job, and don’t have health insurance and can’t
afford to see a doctor. How do you suggest I go about contacting the Borgota
and letting them know of my injury? Is it too late?

Thanks for your help.

Answer: It is not too late, but it’s getting close.  My advice to you
is to contact an accident lawyer in New Jersey and discuss the claim with
him/her asap.  The answer to your question depends on the law in New Jersey
for slip and fall accidents, and how bad your injuries are.  I am a Florida
accident lawyer specializing in auto accidents, Florida slip and fall cases, and workers
compensation claims.  Laws vary from state to state so the law in a Florida
slip and fall
claim may be different than one in New Jersey.

The best advice I can give you is to speak with a accident lawyer in New
Jersey that specializes in premises liability claims, i.e. slip and falls.
He can advise you what the law is in New Jersey for slip and fall accidents
such as yours.

Generally, a landowner such as a hotel owes two duties to persons lawfully on the property – maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, and to warn persons on the property of dangerous conditions that the person may
not be able to appreciate themselves.  Water on the floor is a pretty common
example of the hotel not maintaining the property in a reasonably safe
condition.  The fact that it occurred near the revolving door, with poor
weather outside, indicates the hotel either knew of the slippery floor, or
definitely should have known about it.  If you can establish liability against the hotel, you should be entitled to compensation for your injury,
pain and suffering, lost wages, and whatever benefits New Jersey law allows.

I have found in Florida slip and fall cases, many people will wait to see if the injury disappears over time, but often
times it does not.  You have not waited too long, but you should move
quickly to have a accident attorney evaluate your claim, and to seek medical
care.  Your attorney can advise you of ways to seek medical care even if you
don’t have health insurance.

You should contact an attorney soon.  There are many steps your attorney
should take now, i.e. notify the insurance company for the casino, find out
what types of coverage are available, obtain photographs, etc, that should
all be done now.  The Borgota is a large hotel/casino.  There are most
likely other cases like yours which have occurred there.  If you contact an
experienced accident lawyer, he/she has most likely handled a claim against
the Borgota and can tell you whether an incident like yours is a common
occurrence there.

Most accident attorneys specializing in premises liability claims handle the
claims on a contingent basis,i.e. their attorneys fee is a percentage of any
money they recover for you, and offer a free, no-obligation consultation to
discuss whether you have a viable case.  So, you have nothing to lose by
meeting with an accident lawyer to discuss the claim.  If it has been 10
days and your knee is still swollen, you are probably going to find an
accident attorney interested in pursuing your claim.

For more information about your rights in a case of a Florida slip and fall injury, contact Florida premises liability lawyer, Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at mauslawfirm.com, or email him today.

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Florida Slip and Fall Cases – Disney World – Expert Advice

September 23, 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: Disney World – Florida Slip and Fall Case

Question: The first day of our Disneyworld vacation it was a little rainy
out and while walking down the stairs at the resort, I slipped and fell down
a flight. There are no step grips or signs stating caution or anything.  I did
notify the manager and received ice packs for my bruises.  My leg was pretty
bruised up and my back was a little sore.  Needless to say it ruined half of
our vacation time. Is there anything I should or could do?

Answer: In a Florida slip and fall you have the right to make a claim for
injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages when you are
injured as a result of another party’s negligence. Your injuries may heal
on their own in the next few weeks, or they may not.  So it is important to
take a few steps now that will protect your rights in the future.

The best advice I can give you is to speak with an attorney that specializes

in premises liability claims, i.e. slip and fall.  Your email does not say
where you live but you will most likely want to speak with a slip and fall
lawyer in Florida.  Because your accident occurred in Florida, it will be
controlled by Florida law, and any lawsuit that may need to be filed will
need to be filed in Florida.  Laws vary from state to state, so it is best
to speak with a slip and fall lawyer in Florida.

Depending on what resort your accident occurred at, there are slip and fall
lawyers in the Orlando area that specialize in claims against Disney World.
Between the different amusement parks, hotels and activities going on at DW,
there are thousands of claims that occur there every year.  Your email
doesn’t indicate whether it was a Disney resort, or just a resort in the
Disney area.  You may be surprised to learn that you are not the first one
to slip in this area at this resort.  Either way, you have a claim, and you
should look into it.

Your email also doesn’t indicate whether you are still at the resort.  If
you are, you should take several photos of the area where you fell, closeups
and photos from a distance to give perspective on where the accident
occurred, and why the area was wet.  You also want to make sure the manager
fills out an incident report, and you get a copy of the report, too.

Keep in mind, at least in a Florida slip and fall, just because a person falls on a
property, it does not automatically mean the property owner or manager is
responsible for injuries which result from the fall.  You have to be able to
prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous

condition that caused the fall, i.e. that the area you fell at gets wet
often, or becomes slippery when wet, or that they failed to maintain this
area in a reasonably safe condition.  Generally, a property owner only owes
two duties to persons lawfully on the property – maintain the property in a
reasonably safe condition, and to warn persons on the property of dangerous

conditions that the person may not be able to appreciate themselves.  This
means that if this is an area that regularly gets wet when it rains, the
resort should have taken steps to make sure that it protects its guests
against the slippery area, or at a minimum, warns guests about the slippery
area.

There is probably Medical Payments Insurance coverage available to you.
"Medpay" is coverage that will reimburse people that get injured on the
property for out of pocket medical expenses.  You need to get a copy of the
property manager’s insurance policy to see whether they have medpay, and if
so, what are the medpay policy limits.  You can obtain this by contacting
the resort, or if you retain a Florida slip and fall lawyer, they will know
how to get the information.

Claims in the case of a Florida slip and fall are evaluated based upon the degree of liability that
exists against the resort, the specific nature of the injuries, the amount
and type of medical care and bills that you have had, and that you may
continue to require in the future, and the amount of pain and suffering you
have experienced in the past, and future.  Lost wages and loss of future

earning capacity can also be recovered in Florida.  Additionally, the effect
the injuries had on your vacation, and on your family, can be factored into
a settlement demand or jury verdict.

You should contact a Florida premises liability attorney soon.  There are
many steps your attorney should take now, i.e. notify the resort and the
insurance company for the resort, find out what types of insurance coverage
is available, make sure photos have been taken of the area.  There are also
statutes of limitations which may apply and preclude you from bringing a
claim if you wait too long.
You also want to make sure that you seek medical care to document your
injuries now, and how they occurred, rather than wait to see if the injuries
go away.  Delays in seeking medical care can hurt your chances of a recovery
when you try to settle the claim

Most attorneys specializing in premises liability claims handle the claims
on a contingent basis,i.e. the attorneys fee is a percentage of any money
they recover for you, and offer a free, no-obligation consultation to

discuss whether you have a viable case.  So you really have nothing to lose
by at least speaking to a Florida slip and fall lawyer to find out whether
you can pursue a claim.

For more information about your rights in a case of a Florida slip and fall injury, contact Florida premises liability lawyer, Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at mauslawfirm.com or email him today.

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Florida Slip and Fall Cases – Broken Foot – Expert Advice

September 13, 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:

Question: I had a slip & fall which caused a broken foot.   Surgery was done & 10 weeks of physical therapy. What is the usual payout on this type of lawsuit?

Answer: The value of your claim depends on many, many factors, and it would be difficult for me to even guess what your claim might be worth. The short answer is – there is no "usual payout" on an injury claim.  The reason is each claim is different factually, and different in the way it affects people.

For starters, your email does not indicate in what state you live.  I am a personal injury lawyer in Florida specializing in car accident claims, slip and fall claims, and workers compensation claims.  If your claim occurred in Florida, my suggestion is to give me a call toll-free at (866) 556-5529 to discuss your claim in detail.  Laws vary from state to state, so the law for Florida slip and fall cases may be quite different than the laws where you live.

You most likely have a claim for payment of your medical bills, and a claim for your injury and pain and suffering.  Claims in Florida slip and fall cases are evaluated based upon the degree of liability that exists against the property manager, the specific nature of the injury, the amount and type of medical care and bills that you have had, and that you may continue to require in the future, and the amount of pain and suffering you have experienced in the past, and future.  Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity can also be recovered in Florida.

Keep in mind, at least in Florida slip and fall cases, just because a person falls on a property, it does not automatically mean the property owner or manager is responsible for injuries which result from the fall.  You have to be able to prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition that caused the fall.  Generally, a property owner or property manager only owes two duties to persons lawfully on the property – maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, and to warn persons on the property of dangerous conditions that the person may not be able to appreciate themselves.  Your email does not give any details about how or where the accident occurred, so it is difficult to know whether you can make a claim.

The best advice I can give you is to speak with an attorney that specializes in premises liability claims, i.e. trip and fall.  The attorney can advise you what the law is in your area for trip and fall accidents such as yours. Many attorneys say they do "personal injury" claims, but after asking around, you’ll find they take anything that walks in the door.  Ask how many claims like yours they have handled.  Ask them if they have tried any cases like yours.

You should contact an attorney soon.  There are many steps your attorney should take now, i.e. notify the insurance company for the property owner, find out what types of coverage are available, including whether any medical payments coverage exists.  If the accident occurred at a big box store, or large development, you’ll want to check to see whether there have been claims similar to yours that occurred at the location.  There are also statutes of limitations which may apply and preclude you from bringing a claim if you wait too long.

Most attorneys specializing in premises liability claims handle the claims on a contingent basis,i.e. the attorneys fee is a percentage of any money they recover for you, and offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss whether you have a viable case. You have nothing to lose to at least speak to an accident injury lawyer to see whether you have a claim, and also get a better idea of the value of your claim.

If you are in Florida, I would be interested in speaking to you further about your claim.

For more information about Florida slip and fall cases, contact Florida premises liability lawyer, Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at mauslawfirm.com or email him today.

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Razors Are Sharp! Personal Injury Protection Expert Advice

August 21, 2009

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

Subject: Old razor and toothbrush left in hotel bed

Question: My husband, daughter, and I stayed at a hotel in Wilmington, NC. My 3 year old pulled back the covers on our bed and crawled underneath them. She was hiding when I came out of the kitchen to see what she was doing. She was still under the covers, so I pulled them back to find her chewing on a used toothbrush (not ours) and trying to shave her leg with a razor (also not mine) I swiftly took the toothbrush away from her, put the cap back on the razor and put it in a bag. I took it downstairs and reported it to the front desk. I asked for clean sheets because I figured the bed had not been changed either. When I came back up stairs, I noticed that my little girl had a small cut on her ankle. What should I do? I didn’t notice blood before I took the razor and I can’t be certain she was cut. The baby doctor said there aren’t a whole lot of tests that can be run immediately but she was given antibiotics.  I have tried to contact the hotel but have gotten no response. What should I do?

Answer: The answer to your questions depends on the law in NC for premises liability claims. I specialize in Florida personal injury protection claims such as car accidents, slip and fall cases, and work accidents.  However, laws vary from state to state so what happens in a Florida personal injury protection case may not be the same in NC.

The best advice I can give you is do speak with an attorney about your personal injury protection claim.  He can advise you what the law is in NC for an incident such as yours.  The primary question that I don’t know the answer to is whether you have a claim simply based upon the anxiety and uncertainty associated with what happened, or does there need to be a resulting sickness, infection, etc. before making a claim.  I am not trying to minimize what happened because it is pretty outrageous, but Florida has what is called the "impact rule" which in certain cases requires a person to actually suffer a physical injury, rather than just anxiety associated with an incident that occurred.

Generally, a hotel owes two duties to persons lawfully on the property – maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, and to warn persons on the property of dangerous conditions that the person may not be able to appreciate themselves.  By the facts you have described, I would say the hotel absolutely breached these duties.

Most Florida accident and injury attorneys will see you for a free consultation to evaluate your case.  I am guessing lawyers in NC will do the same so you have nothing to lose by meeting with an attorney.  Additionally, the lawyer will know how best to pursue the personal injury protection claim, i.e. preserve evidence and witnesses, obtain insurance information, and move the claim forward.

For more information about personal injury protection, contact South Florida injury attorney Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at jmmlawyers.com, or email him today.

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Florida Gas Station (Questions About Personal Injury Cases) – Expert Advice

August 15, 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: Injury from gas nozzle

Question: As I was filling up at a gas station, the hose became disconnected from the nozzle.  The hose separated from the nozzle and soaked the front of me, including my eyes, face and clothing, and our car. I shut the pump off and ran into the store.  The staff was little help at the store, and I used the bathroom of the opposite sex to wash my eyes and face.  It was quite painful but there doesn’t appear to be any permanent damage to my eyes. Assuming my clothes and shoes can be cleaned, there was no property damage, as we washed our car as soon as possible.  The pump nozzle/hose was clearly defective, and I was disappointed in the lack of an emergency eyewash station or solution.  Other than that, the incident was extremely painful and stressful, and pretty much ruined my Saturday, to say the least. I was told to expect a call from management this Monday.  Should I be entitled to some compensation, despite the lack of material damages?

Thanks for your time.

Answer: The answer to your question depends on the law for negligence claims in the state you are in.  I specialize in Florida personal injury cases and negligence cases. Laws vary from state to state so the law in Florida may be different than your state.

The accident you have described is not one that occurs often.  Your email says the hose was "clearly defective".  Assuming you can prove that, you would also need to prove that the gas station owner knew about the defective nozzle, or should have known about it.  Nozzles do not usually come loose from the hose, so you at least have the argument that the owner should have known about the problem.  More than likely, if the owner was checking the pumps on a regular basis, something like this would not have happened.

You may be entitled to some compensation from the gas station, but it is probably not a significant amount.  In Florida, personal injury cases are evaluated based upon the degree of liability that exists against the gas station, the specific nature of the injury, the amount and type of medical care and bills that you have had, and that you may continue to require in the future, and the amount of pain and suffering you have experienced in the past, and future.  Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity can also be recovered in Florida personal injury cases.

Your claim is short on "economic" damages, i.e. those that can be easily quantified such as cleaning bills, medical bills, property damage to the car.  But, your claim does have some value for the pain you had to endure, and the inconvenience, stress and pain caused by the gas spill.  Your best bet is to contact the management company directly and advise you are going to get an attorney to look into this if you cannot get it resolved directly with the management company.  You will probably be able to get a nominal settlement offer from them.

If you don’t get anywhere directly with the management company, the best advice I can give you is to speak with an attorney that specializes in premises liability claims.  The attorney can advise you what the law is in your area for an incident such as yours.  You may be surprised to learn that similar incidents have occurred before at this same gas station, or at other gas stations managed by the owner.

You should contact an attorney soon.  There are many steps your attorney should take now, i.e. notify the owner and/or insurance company for the station, find out what types of coverage are available, preserve evidence such as the nozzle, or any records to fix the nozzle, and obtain photographs, etc, that should all be done now.

For more information about Florida personal injury cases, contact Florida premises liability lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today.

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