1About the Firm
Attorney David I. Fuchs Attorney David I. Fuchs

Slip and Fall Attorney David Fuchs Can Help With Your Claim

We tend to overlook the hazard of falling in our everyday lives, but a fall caused by slipping or tripping can result in serious injuries. Some of these falls may be unavoidable accidents. In other cases, the fall was caused by a dangerous condition that should have been addressed. If you have slipped and fallen on someone else’s property and incurred injuries as a result, you may be able to hold the property owner responsible. If you find yourself in this situation, you should reach out to a Fort Lauderdale slip and fall lawyer to learn more.

Attorney David I. Fuchs helps people who have incurred injuries in Fort Lauderdale slip, trip, and fall cases. With nearly 30 years of personal injury experience, he provides dedicated and aggressive legal representation while fighting for you to get the compensation you deserve.

To discuss your case with a Florida personal injury lawyer, contact us at (954) 568-3636, or reach out through the online form.

About David Fuchs

2Our Process

Common Property Hazards that Lead to Slip and Fall Accidents

You can trip and fall under almost any circumstances, but certain hazards are especially dangerous and routinely result in injury. Examples of property conditions that have caused injuries include:

  • Wet and slippery floors
  • Staircases in disrepair
  • Loose handrails
  • Broken or uneven flooring
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Loose floorboards
  • Wrinkled carpet or rugs
  • Potholes
  • Cracked sidewalks and walkways
  • Exposed wiring or other unsafe electrical installations

Many other conditions that can result in a fall, both inside or outdoors. Further, these trips can occur on any property, such as the grocery store, Walmart, a concert or sports venue, or a hotel. If you were injured on someone else’s property, an experienced Fort Lauderdale slip and fall lawyer can assess whether the property owner should be held liable.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip, trip, and fall accidents can result in very serious injuries. The Law Offices of David I. Fuchs fights for clients to receive compensation for the following:

  • Facial and skull fractures
  • Concussions and other brain injuries
  • Broken bones and torn ligaments and tendons
  • Joint sprains and strains
  • Deep lacerations that require stitches or plastic surgery

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls can be especially dangerous for people 65 and older, as such accidents are more likely to result in broken bones and other severe injuries. Injuries resulting from a fall can have long-term impacts on your day-to-day life, so it’s important to reach out to a slip and fall attorney if you’re suffering after one of these incidents.

A woman with her hands on her hips
“One of the hardest working attorneys I know”

Mercedes Gomez

David I. Fuchs Client

Read our Client Reviews

Yvette Ware
January 27, 2022.
My experience with David Fuchs was awesome, I got a really good return and Jessica was so helpful and worked really hard to get us back a really good return. Thank you David Fuchs and staff for being so helpful and working so hard to help us, you are appreciated.
Nicholas Gambardella
December 13, 2021.
They have a wonderful team. Jessica was very helpful and took care of my well being, very informative about my situation also they were on the ball when it came down to settling...I highly recommend David
Stefany Dussan
December 3, 2021.
I’m so happy with the results, they are very nice and made a really good job!
gabrielle wilson
November 5, 2021.
Great experience. The staff was very helpful and attentive. If needed I will come back to them!
Donna Musgrove
October 22, 2021.
At first I was afraid…I was petrified! I truly was! But the extensive knowledge, patience and professionalism I received, brought me not only such peace and assurance that I was in good hands, but we got through my case like shining stars!🌟 David made sure I understood exactly what, when, where, why and whatever question I had. I would definitely refer this firm as the “go-to” Florida personal injury gurus 🌟

The Basics of Premises Liability

Slip and falls live under the umbrella of premises liability cases. “Premises liability” refers to a property owner’s legal obligation to make their property safe for guests and other visitors. As a result of this duty of care, property owners may be held liable for the injuries and other losses suffered by their guests.

In a slip and fall case, a standard of negligence is applied in order to determine whether the property owner met their legal obligation to maintain their property. They are considered negligent if they did not act with the same level of care that an ordinarily prudent person would have under the same circumstances. In the context of a slip and fall case, this issue raises two questions:

  • Did the property owner know about the hazard that caused your fall and fail to take reasonable efforts to repair or otherwise address it?
  • If they didn’t actually know about the hazard, should they have been aware of the situation?

If the property owner knew and failed to address the danger, or should have known about it, they may be held liable for injuries suffered by those who lawfully visit the property.

Property Owners’ Legal Obligation to Maintain their Land

It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether a property owner was negligent. Generally, they need to make efforts to make their property safe that would be deemed reasonable under the same circumstances.

In some cases, this means that the property owner meets their obligation by posting signs or other warnings alerting guests to the potential hazard. For example, they need to ensure the maintenance staff is placing wet floor signs after mopping the tile floor in the lobby. In other cases, hanging a sign and refusing to repair or otherwise address the issue may not be sufficient.

It’s important to keep in mind that property owners’ efforts only need to be reasonable under the circumstances. In other words, their efforts don’t necessarily need to be successful or have prevented any fall from occurring. For example, a property owner who makes reasonable efforts to repair a broken sidewalk pending total replacement may not be liable in the event someone who still trips is injured.

In cases where a property owner didn’t actually know about the danger, the question then becomes whether they should have known. In these cases, you need to consider the following:

  • How long the hazard existed
  • What caused the hazard
  • Whether other people had suffered injury as a result of the hazard
  • Whether the property owner regularly inspects the property for hazards
  • Whether the hazard was obvious or apparent

The facts particular to each situation determine slip and fall cases. That is why it’s important to retain the help of a skilled Fort Lauderdale slip and fall lawyer to help you navigate this at-times complicated legal process.

A smiling man in a blue shirt

$1.8 Million Brain Injury Settlement

Case Type: Traumatic Brain Injury

Statute of Limitations on Florida Slip and Fall Cases

In any personal injury claim, it’s important to understand that there is a deadline for you to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. The statute of limitations for a slip and fall case under Florida law is four years from the date of the accident. If you fail to file your lawsuit within that time period, your case will most likely be dismissed.

Four years may seem like a long time, but it can pass faster than you think. It’s important to understand that the four-year deadline starts running from the day the accident occurred – not the date you discovered your injury, learned that the property owner was aware of the hazard, or the when an insurance company denied your claim.

Comparative Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases

Property owners often defend themselves against slip and fall claims by arguing that the victim’s own negligence contributed to the accident. For example, the property owner may claim in your case –

  • That you weren’t paying attention and could have avoided the accident.
  • That the hazard was obvious and easily avoided.
  • That you were on a part of the property where you weren’t supposed to be.
  • That you were wearing inappropriate footwear or clothing that contributed to the accident.

Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning that any compensation you are entitled to will be reduced by the amount your own negligence contributed to the accident. For example, if it is determined that the property owner was negligent, but your failure to pay attention contributed 20 percent to the accident, your compensation will be reduced by 20 percent.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Lawyer

After slipping and falling on someone else’s property, you may be entitled compensation for your injuries, your financial losses, and your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you deserve is incredibly difficult without the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. David I. Fuchs can give you the help you need to put your life back together. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, call the David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer at (954) 568-3636, or contact us online for a free consultation.

If you cannot come to the Fort Lauderdale office, accident attorney David I. Fuchs will send a representative to see you. He speaks English and Spanish. Se habla Inglés y Español.

Llame a David Fuchs abogado de accidentes en la Fort Lauderdale. Ofrece consultas gratuitas.