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When Is a Property Owner Responsible for Your Injury?

Wal-Mart stores lost an important case last year when Valerie Dantzler successfully sued the retail chain for $800,000. Dantzler was injured while shopping at a Wal-Mart branch in Florida in 2005. The incident occurred when she slipped on a wet spot left behind by an employee. Ms. Dantzler was left with permanent nerve damage in her shoulder. She was awarded $195,000 to cover medical expenses, $220,000 for lost wages and $585,000 for pain and suffering.

Nationally, slip and fall cases such as the one Dantzler filed are a fairly common occurrence. Business owners are required to carry liability insurance to pay for your injuries as well as your pain and suffering should you be hurt on their premises through negligence. Of course, slip and fall cases are only one example of such incidences. It is equally possible for poor lighting, broken pavement or other maintenance issues to cause a slip-and-fall while you are shopping, visiting the doctor or doing other common activities.

The determining factor as to whether or not the owner of a property is responsible for your injury is negligence. If you happen to get dizzy while wandering around the local mall because your blood sugar is low, for example, that is not the mall owner’s responsibility. However, if you fall because the mall’s cleaning crew did a poor job and left a puddle of water on the floor, then you definitely have an excellent case to make.

If you or a loved one has been injured at someone’s place of business here in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Law Office of Cohn and Smith P.A. has been handling slip and fall cases for more than 30 years. Our personal injury attorneys can help you navigate the legal system and fight the insurance companies so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

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