Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers in Coral Springs
We Help the Victims of Negligence
Margate, Lauderhill, Plantation, Coral Springs, and Pembroke Pines are
just a small sampling of Broward County cities where we have handled slip
and fall or trip and fall injury cases in South Florida. When people are
at a restaurant for a nice evening dinner, or they are shopping at the
supermarket, the last thing they think of is being seriously injured due
to a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. However, slip and trip and
fall accidents are not limited to those locations. Slip and fall accidents
can happen anywhere, from walking from the restroom in a restaurant to
slipping on water in a Publix or Wal-Mart.
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can happen because a property
owner has failed to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition.
These failures can lead to serious and permanent injuries including broken
bones, joint injuries, neck and back injuries, and other injuries throughout the body.
Types of Fall Accidents
The terms slip and fall and trip and fall are sometimes used to describe
the same type of accident. A slip and fall is a totally different event
than a trip and fall. A slip and fall occurs when one’s foot (or
feet) slips on a surface. A trip and fall usually occurs because there
is something in the pathway that a person’s foot catches on. Of
course, there are other types of falls, such as somebody stepping into
a pothole or something open in the ground that should be closed. One of
the cases we have handled is a perfect example of this second scenario,
where a 50-year-old marine mechanic was seriously injured after falling
through an open hatch on a boat he was working on. The hatch was only
covered with a tarp, making the defendant boat owner negligent for not
properly covering the hatch or warning about the danger. In that case,
the defendant offered $90,000 before verdict, but the jury awarded a verdict
of over $1.9 million.
Fatal Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Accidents
Unfortunately, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can result in
death as well. In that situation, the case may be considered a wrongful
death action. For most people, it may come as a surprise that slip/trip
and fall accidents are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause
of death from accidents. According to the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slip/trip and fall accidents account for 15% of all accidental deaths.
Causes of Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Accidents
OSHA states the causes of slip and fall accidents are mainly due to the
- Spills on walking surfaces such as water, oil, grease, blood, and food products
- Dry products such as dust, powder, plastic wrap, and wood
- Polished or waxed floors
- Loose floorboards, tiles, rugs, and mats
- Ramps without a slip resistant surface
- Inadequate footwear
OSHA also discusses the common causes of trip and fall accidents. Some
of the reasons indicated are the following:
- Uneven floors or walking surfaces
- Unexpected obstacles in hallways or walkways
- Cables, wires, or extension cords in walkways
- Abnormal or missing stair steps
Individuals should be cautious anywhere they go, as slip and fall accidents
and trip and fall accidents can occur just about anywhere. The most common
places are restaurants and retail establishments. A place that has a smooth
flooring surface where items can be spilled or dropped is a place that
is most susceptible to a slip and fall. We have handled these types of
negligence cases against TGI Fridays (both the Coral Springs location,
and the one in Plantation, FL), Just For Feet, J.C. Penney, Winn-Dixie,
Albertson’s, Publix, Dania Jai-lai, Roadhouse Grill, K-Mart, Wal-Mart,
Target, Walgreens, Eckerds, Wannado City, Burlington Coat Factory, Applebee’s,
movie theaters, apartment buildings, gas station convenience stores, shopping
centers and malls, and many more establishments. We have also sued condominiums,
churches, and office buildings on behalf of our clients for the dangerous
conditions present on their premises.
How to Avoid Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Accidents
A few tips to keep in mind to avoid these types of accidents are to wear
slip resistant shoes, avoid walking in dark or poorly lit areas, be aware
of weather changes by making sure to not run or walk fast in the rain,
and wear sunglasses on sunny days. The worst type of shoes that we see
so many slip and falls happening with are flip-flops. Flip-flops should
not be worn when it is raining or expected to rain. Of course, we have
the tendency here in South Florida to wear flip-flops or sandals. If you
choose to, try to make sure that the shoe bottoms have a tread to them,
and test them to see if they are somewhat slip-resistant Also, be aware
of where you are walking. When walking in restaurants, be wary if those
restaurants have tile-like or polyurethane wood floors. If walkways or
aisles seem cluttered or there are obstacles in the way, take an alternate route.
Experienced Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys in Coral Springs
It is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible after your slip
and fall accident. Our firm will investigate the accident location, take
photographs to preserve the scene, interview witnesses if necessary, test
the materials used to construct the surface, and any other investigation
required for your specific circumstances. Since slip and fall and trip
and fall cases are time sensitive, it is imperative to find a qualifying
attorney as quickly as possible to discuss your case.
Our firm has handled an extensive amount of slip and fall and trip and
fall cases. Through these cases, we have established laws in Florida in
the areas of slip and fall and trip and fall, just as we have in many
other areas of the law. We ensure that all our clients receive the benefit
of our experience and understanding of the law in the handling of their
slip/trip and fall cases.
For example, our first appeal involving a slip and fall case that actually
made it up to the Florida Supreme Court was the case of
TGI Friday’s, Inc. v. Dvorak. Mr. Cytryn argued this case in the Florida Supreme Court in 1995. This
case has gone on to be the precedent-setting case when attorney’s
fees are awarded to either side in a civil lawsuit, following its enactment
by the legislature in the Tort Reform Act of 1986.
One of the cases we have handled in Coral Springs involved the Coral Baptist
Church, which then was located on University Drive in Coral Springs (and
has since moved to another city). Our client, a 73-year-old female, was
attending her niece’s nursing graduation at the church when she
tripped and fell over a rug covering the threshold of the entrance. Upon
investigation, it was noted that the threshold was elevated by 3 inches
from the outside of the building. In other words, when entering the church,
there was a step hidden underneath the rug. Unfortunately, our client
suffered a hip fracture, which required surgery, and a fracture to her
right 5th finger. The best offer before trial was less than $10,000. The
jury awarded more than $300,000 (including attorney’s fees) to our
client for her pain, suffering, and medical expenses.
Mr. Cytryn also made law in
Hilliard v. Speedway Superamerica LLC, where a customer exiting a gas station missed a step and fell because
the step leading down from the sidewalk was not noticeable, since it blended
into the driveway. In that case, the court found that a landowner can
be negligent where changes in elevation (like a curb or step) are not
clearly marked, such as with different color paint.
Glanzberg v. Kauffman, a woman fell leaving a home. The court agreed with Mr. Cytryn that evidence
of similar incidents, where other people fell on the “optical illusion”
type steps, should be allowed to show that those steps were dangerous.
The trial court was reversed for not allowing in that evidence.
Ventimiglia v. TGI Fridays, Inc., yet another case involving a slip and fall at a chain restaurant (TGI
Friday’s), Mr. Cytryn convinced the court that it was wrong to leave
out testimony from current and former employees about the defendant’s
“negligent mode of operation” (using hard floor surfaces like
wood and tile where there were frequent spills and employees trekked grease
onto the floor from the kitchen).
In addition, we have obtained several 6-figure and even a million-plus
jury verdicts in fall cases. For example, we obtained a million-plus jury
verdict in Miami-Dade County. The case involved a woman who was at a movie/television
studio when she tripped and fell over a bump on a doorway. After a thorough
investigation, the lead attorney of the firm, Dan Cytryn, hired an architect
expert who determined that the cause of the accident was due to a violation
of building codes and other standards. As a result of her accident, the
74-year-old victim sustained serious injuries. The jury awarded $1.9 million
and found the movie studio 84% responsible for the trip and fall.
What We Do for You
- We can refer you to doctors who are willing to wait until the end of your
case to get paid.
- We will do a thorough investigation of where the accident took place
- We will get you reimbursed for your medications and lost time from work,
if you qualify.
- We will do our best to accommodate your schedule so that you don’t
have to miss time from work to meet with us.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Case
If you have been injured in Coral Springs due to a slip or trip and fall
accident, our firm offers free consultations. If you cannot come to our
office because you are at the hospital or immobilized by your injuries,
one of our lawyers or representatives will come to you. In order to accommodate
you, our firm has a network of doctors in the Coral Springs area.
We also provide an individualized experience for you by designating a case
manager to follow up and update you on the status of your case. Visit our
verdicts and settlements page to see examples of what we have recovered for some of our former clients.
Our firm has helped countless Coral Springs slip/trip and fall victims
and knows the appropriate steps to take for accident cases. Our firm works
on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay any fees or costs if there
is no recovery.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a slip/trip and fall accident,
call the Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. now at
(954) 833-1440 your