Areas of PracticePersonal Injury
Slip and Fall
Many people assume if they fall while on someone else's property, the property owner is automatically liable for the injuries. That is not true.
A property owner is responsible for a slip and fall accident if there is a defective condition which the owner knew, or should have known about.
If you slip and fall at a business establishment, there are important steps you should take to protect any potential claim. First, look around to determine what caused you to fall, such as liquid on the floor, a loose rug or defective flooring. You must prove the store owner was negligent and unless you know what caused you to fall, that may be impossible.
Second, make sure to notify the store about the floor condition that caused you to fall and ask them to complete a report. If possible, ask for a copy of the report. Many stores will not provide you a copy, claiming it is work product.
If possible, take a picture of the floor condition that caused you to fall. Many times a store will clean up the condition without taking photographs and that evidence is gone forever. If possible, get the name and phone numbers of any other customers who may have seen the accident or come to help you. Clients routinely tell me that there were several witnesses, but they have no idea who they were or how to reach them. The store will probably not record their names, especially if these witnesses would be helpful to your claim and adverse to the store.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact
Robert Greene at GREENE & TISCHLER, P.A ..
He is a board certified civil trial lawyer and has been handling slip and fall cases for over 20 years.
Motorcycle accidents present unique issues in the field of personal injury. The most common problem with a motorcycle accident is that quite often there is little or no insurance to cover the injuries of the cyclist.
Florida law requires all automobile owners to maintain Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, which pays 80% of the medical bills regardless of fault. Florida law does not provide PIP for motorcycles and often the injured cyclist has no insurance whatsoever on the motorcycle.
If the other driver who caused the accident maintains minimal or no liability insurance, then there may not be any insurance (other than health insurance) to pay for medical bills or other damages. And in our experience, motorcyclists usually suffer more serious injuries in an accident due to the lack of protection from impact.
If you own a motorcycle, call your automobile insurance agent and inquire about obtaining uninsured motorist coverage (UM) and medical payments coverage (Med-Pay) for your motorcycle. Without that coverage, there is a good chance you will be left with little or no coverage should you be struck by another motorist.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact
Robert Greene at GREENE & TISCHLER, P.A..
He has handled numerous cases involving motorcycle accident resulting in serious or fatal injuries.