If you have fallen due to an uneven sidewalk or other tripping hazard, you may want to seek compensation to pay for medical bills and other costs. In order to do so, you need to determine who was liable in your case. In Hollywood and Florida, there are many potential liable parties. These can include the state of Florida, the town of Hollywood, business owners, property owners, contractors, subcontractors, and others.
One of the best ways to find all liable parties is to contact a personal injury attorney, such as the legal team at Flaxman Law Group. The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have handled thousands of cases in Hollywood and surrounding communities, securing more than $100 million on behalf of plaintiffs. To find out more about what may be possible in your case, contact Flaxman Law Group today for a free consultation.The Challenges of Finding Liable Parties in Trip and Fall Cases
One of the challenges with determining liability in trip and fall cases is that potential defendants are quick to blame each other. A homeowner may blame the state or the city of Hollywood for a broken sidewalk while the city may blame a nearby business owner or contractor, who may in turn blame a subcontractor. It may take a complex investigation to determine who was really at fault. An investigation may even show that there is more than one liable party at fault.
It is important to act quickly to find liable parties. If you want to file a claim against the state of Florida, city of Hollywood, or any government entity, there is a strict statute of limitations in place and you must file a notice of a potential claim quickly. If you fail to do so, you may lose your chance to pursue a claim.
In addition, evidence may quickly disappear in a premises liability case. Contractors and businesses may lose files or documents and an uneven sidewalk may be quickly repaired after your accident to prevent further claims. Speaking to a personal injury attorney quickly ensures that your interests can be protected before vital evidence is lost.Proving Liability
Proving liability in premises liability cases can be complex. Attorneys generally hire investigators and work with engineers to prove fault. They may interview experts, contractors, employees, and witnesses to recreate exactly what happened.
Even then, the approach to a case may differ depending on whether the injury happened in front of a business or a home. Business owners who own restaurants, retail stores, offices, or other businesses have a higher duty of care to visitors. Home owners, on the other hand, have more options for defending themselves against premises liability claims. An attorney may therefore need to be especially scrupulous when preparing a claim against a homeowner.
Every premises liability and trip and fall claim is different, which is why generalized advice is not always useful. The best option may be to contact the law offices of Flaxman Law Group to schedule a free, personalized case review. Our legal team can give you legal advice specific to your case – all with no obligation and no cost. Contact Flaxman Law Group today for your free appointment.