Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Slip and fall accidents are very prevalent in Florida. As we know, it rains about half of the days of the year. That fact, combined with the type of shoes we wear, subject us to a very high number of slip and fall accidents in this state. If you have been in a fall accident, it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately before the negligent party tries to repair whatever it is that caused you to fall. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip or trip and fall accident, call our office now to see if we can assist you. We may have to go out there quickly and inspect the area where you fell if the dangerous condition is one that is still present.SOME OF OUR SERVICES AVAILABLE TO YOU IN FORT LAUDERDALE:
BROWARD: (954) 255- 7000
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For about 15 years, up until about two years ago, Florida had the best laws in the country regarding slip and fall accidents. Essentially, if there was a foreign substance on the floor that was foreign to the floor, including rainwater, the case went to the jury for the jury to decide whether the property owner was negligent. Unfortunately, our conservative Republican Legislature decided to go back to the reactionary laws that we had almost 20 years ago. Now, the person falling has the burden of proving how the foreign substance got on the floor, how long it was on the floor (it has to have been there for a minimum period of time so that the premises owner would have had time to clean it up), etc.
So now we're back to where we were 20 years ago. Slip and fall cases are much more difficult. You must show that either the premises owner created the condition, or that it was on the floor for a long enough period of time for the premises owner to have known about it and to have had enough time to take remedial action to resolve and eliminate the danger (clean it up).
Another way is to show that the premises owner is negligent is to show that the condition causing the fall is an ongoing repetitive condition. We have been very successful in the past in doing that by conducting in-depth detailed discovery in litigation when we file a lawsuit, and have made excellent law in the state of Florida (which is on the books now and is still good law).
With 36 years handling personal injury cases, Mr. Cytryn knows how important it is to properly prepare for trial. At the Law Offices of Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A., we invest in what is known as a jury simulation in almost every case that we may have to take to trial. Mr. Cytryn has developed his own jury simulation company named Case Evaluation, Inc. that the law firm uses to evaluate cases that we may have to go to trial on. The jury simulation company hires mock jurors to listen to the facts of your case. We usually try to have the injured client testify and answer questions of the mock jury. Not only is this good practice for the client whom we represent, but the ‘mock’ jurors get all of their questions answered so that they can deliberate intelligently about the facts and the law of the case. The mock jury then splits to deliberate and decide on a verdict. All of this is videotaped so that we can use the results to better improve our strategy, and to be able to review again later on what the mock jurors had to say.
Although this is a costly and time-consuming procedure, our law firm believes it is necessary when we may have to go to trial because the strengths and weaknesses of the case are highlighted for our attorneys. Further, we are able to generally get a value of the case from the two prospective panels that deliberate and then reach verdicts. The attorneys are then able to work on improving the chances of winning your case in trial. If there is an inconsistency between the results of the jury panel and the discrepancy is too large, we will consider doing another jury simulation, but these are done only with our client’s permission.
Mr. Cytryn has received notable honors and awards throughout his career such as named a Super Lawyer* for multiple years in a row, AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and named part of Florida’s Legal Elite for the year 2011 just to name a few.
We believe in giving back to the communities in Broward County for helping make our firm successful. Dan Cytryn has made charitable contributions to many community organizations such as United Way, the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, Kids in Distress, and the Keck School of Medicine at USC for their efforts to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. In addition, Mr. Cytryn has been awarding scholarships to high school students since 2009.
If you have been injured in a fall accident in Ft. Lauderdale due to a property owner’s negligence, we may be able to help you Call our office now at 1-877-853-7466 for you free consultation to see if our firm can represent you for your accident case. If you are hospitalized or do not have transportation for your initial visit, we will have an attorney or representative come to you.
*Super Lawyers is an annual publication of 5 percent of attorneys in each state that have demonstrated outstanding achievements and peer recognition in their field of law.