Joe Osborne & Greg Francis, Personal Injury Lawyers & Founders of Osborne & Francis

Florida Slip and Fall Attorney

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Why Do You Need a Florida Slip and Fall Lawyer?

Slip and fall injuries can cause head trauma, spinal damage, broken hips, and other grave harm. An experienced Florida slip and fall accident lawyer can help you recover the cost of injuries that stem from a slip, trip, or fall.

Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries, and are in fact a leading cause of brain injury in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Additionally, Florida has the highest percentage of senior citizens in the nation, an age group far more likely to suffer severe injuries from slip and fall accidents. 

As a firm dedicated to effectively litigating personal injury cases in the Sunshine State, the slip and fall accident lawyers at Osborne & Francis are deeply knowledgeable about how these injuries can impact a person’s quality of life. A brain, neck, or spinal cord injury can permanently change someone’s future and, for elders, severely shorten the golden years of their life. 

If you or someone you know was hurt in a slip or trip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Contacting a Florida slip and fall accident attorney can be the first step to dignified care for the duration of the injury recovery or the rest of their life. To receive a free, confidential case review from our Orlando- and Boca Raton-based lawyers, contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600

Our attorneys are committed to uncovering the exact cause of your accident and ensuring the responsible party is held accountable.

Attorney Greg Francis discusses the four most important things you should do after a slip and fall accident.

Video Transcript

So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

What Kind of Settlement Can a Florida Slip and Fall Attorney Help You Secure?

A settlement or damages award in a slip and fall injury case may include: 

  • A full reimbursement of medical expenses
  • Lost wages if you cannot work
  • Loss of future income
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Damages associated with loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Possible punitive damages if the injury resulted from extreme negligence
  • Wrongful death damages if the injuries are so severe they contribute to a person’s passing

The amount collected in a slip and fall claim will vary depending on many factors, including the degree of injury, treatments required, as well as the skill of the attorney handling the case. 

Who Can a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Sue on Your Behalf?

Examples of parties who may be held liable for slip and fall accident injuries under premises liability law in Florida can include:

  • Management companies, construction companies, and building inspectors
  • Retailers and business owners
  • Hotels and other property owners that allow guests
  • Homeowners and their insurance companies, as well as private residential facilities like nursing homes
  • Government agencies if they fail to maintain, fix, or warn of dangerous public pedestrian areas

Who is liable in a slip and fall case depends largely on where the accident takes place. You may be able to sue an individual person such as a property manager, or a business corporation as a whole. More than one party might be responsible based on the circumstances.

An experienced Florida slip and fall accident lawyer can fully investigate your case, and help determine which parties can be held liable for your injuries. This is work we do entirely on your behalf, while you are left to heal in peace.

Slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries and lead to disability. You only have one chance to secure a settlement or verdict amount to support your needs after suffering an injury, so your lawyer’s experience matters. At Osborne & Francis, our slip and fall accident attorneys have an extensive track record of success. Reach out to us at (561) 293-2600 as soon as possible.

What Kind of Injuries Can a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Handle?

Some of the most common injuries a Florida slip and fall lawyer can help you file a claim over include:

  • Head injuries and concussions: Severe head injuries can result in traumatic brain injuries, causing life-threatening hematomas, cerebral hemorrhages, and permanent brain damage.
  • Neck or spinal injuries: Neck and spinal injuries are usually severe. Whenever the spinal cord is damaged, it affects communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This may result in lost mobility, reduced mobility, or nerve damage.
  • Hip and shoulder dislocation: Large joint dislocations can be very serious. Hip dislocations, especially in the elderly, can result in chronic pain or an inability to walk. Shoulder dislocations can also tear ligaments and tendons. Dislocations often cause severe pain.
  • Broken bones: Hip, wrist, knee, and ankle bones are the most common types of broken bones. As a person ages, the likelihood of breaking bones increases. In fact, 25% of fall-related deaths occur due to hip fractures alone. 
  • Soft tissue injuries and lacerations: Sprains and tears in the tendons and ligaments are common soft tissue injuries. Symptoms can limit mobility for days or weeks, and cause other injuries as people limp or otherwise compensate for the pain during movements. External lacerations like cuts or scraps can also cause disfigurement or lead to opportunistic infections. 

Establishing the extent of your injuries through medical documentation is important to the success of your case. 

As experienced medical malpractice injury attorneys, the lawyers at Osborne & Francis know how to thoroughly read and investigate medical records. This allows us to describe the extent of the injuries and how they may impede your future without therapeutic support. We use that information to build a case for a substantial settlement that will cover those therapy and care needs.

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“I am so thankful for EVERYONE, the entire staff at Osborne & Francis Law, for mentoring me through the mediation process with my hip replacement failures. I didn't realize how MUCH pressure they relieved me of by helping me deal with the reality of this traumatic time in my life, as it was OVER so quickly with a positive result. My family is grateful to have their mom HAPPY & FOCUSED on the future, rather than worrying over what happened in the past! FAST FORWARD, we are LIVING LIFE to the fullest once again!”

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“I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer/ firm — everything was done professionally exactly how I wanted. Due to COVID my personal attorney Mr. Garcia was still able to make things work in a timely manner and he never made me feel like he wasn’t working. Overall I’m happy with how my case turned out and I would recommend him and this law firm to anyone. 100% satisfied.”

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Dennis and the other Osborne & Francis staff were amazing! Our case was HUGE and required tender loving care. Everyone on our case did their part by putting all the puzzle pieces together. We were given step by step updates and put at ease when our nerves got the best of us. For every inquiry we made we received a timely response...You are appreciated!

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Quick and fair resolution to a unique case. On advice of my own attorney, I engaged Joseph Osborne of Osborne & Francis of Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Osborne had considerable experience in cases such as mine and the results showed that. Mr. Osborne and his staff were very helpful, kept me up to date, and listened to my input. The settlement was very fair as far as I am concerned.

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“Attorneys Greg Francis and Ryan Fletcher at Osborne & Francis Law Firm represented me in my personal injury case.The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, we settled for 3 times that amount!!! When they say ‘Real Tough Lawyers,’ they mean it.”

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Contact Florida Slip and Fall Lawyers Who Understand Your Needs

Florida is among the best-known retirement locations for American elders. This means that retail stores and public buildings are aware that their locations need to be accessible for a wide range of mobility needs. Unattended spills, tripping hazards created by cords, or uneven/broken stairs may be grounds for a lawsuit. For private residences, homeowners insurance specifically exists to cover injury claims from invited guests.

At Osborne & Francis, we have 50 years of combined experience in fighting for individuals and families after an injury. Our Florida slip and fall accident attorneys will meet with you personally and give you the individual attention you deserve. We are dedicated to your recovery, and will provide the legal guidance you need to see you through. 

Contact our Florida offices for Boca Raton, Orlando, or Lakeland by calling (561) 293-2600. We offer a free initial consultation regarding your slip and fall claim. We also work on a contingency fee system, meaning we only earn our fee if we secure a recovery for you first. You have nothing to lose, and so much can be gained by securing proven legal representation today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do most slip and fall injuries occur?

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, but most preventable injuries occur in public spaces like shopping centers such as malls, gas stations, and retail stores. Gyms, workout facilities, and community swimming pools are also especially hazardous due to the wet conditions and heavy equipment associated with them.

Similarly, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues like theaters are dangerous for slip and fall accidents. Private apartment complexes, gated communities, and their publicly available areas like sidewalks, stairwells, and parking lots/structures are all common areas where slip and fall injuries can occur.

Our slip and fall attorney will build a case that illustrates the property owner’s negligence, which is a key element of proof needed to secure a fair settlement or trial verdict for you.

How common are slip and fall accidents?

Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of injury across the country and are responsible for an estimated 8 million emergency room visits per year. In Florida, slips and falls account for the most non-fatal injury hospital admissions every year. 

A previously linked study into Florida’s slip and fall accidents revealed that more than 62,500 residents were hospitalized for their injuries in just one year. Of those, 32% suffered a fractured hip, 14% sustained a traumatic brain injury, and 9% had spinal fractures.

Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious and devastating injuries.

How long does a slip and fall lawsuit take?

A slip-and-fall lawsuit from start to finish can range from 3 months to years. Every accident is different. Many factors influence the length of a case, including the complexity of the victim’s injuries and the type of premises where the accident occurred.

The speed of your case’s resolution also depends on the willingness of the defendant to settle. Our attorneys build cases for negotiations to trial standards. This means if the other side delays too long, we are perfectly willing to take the matter before a judge to secure you the results you need to move forward.

How can a slip and fall attorney help me with my case?

The work of a slip and fall attorney from Osborne & Francis includes accurately valuing your damages, and working to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. In order to do this, we fully investigate the details of your case, gather key evidence, and establish liability to courtroom standards.

At all times we represent your best interests, handling the complex legalities of your case so that you can focus on living your life. Contact Osborne & Francis today at (561) 293-2600 if you need legal representation for your claim. We can guide you through the process and fight to recover the compensation you deserve.