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Douglas R. Beam P.A. is a personal injury law firm that has helped its clients receive over $1 Billion Dollars in settlements and verdicts. Contact a Melbourne, Florida slip and fall attorney at Douglas R. Beam P.A. if you’ve suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident. We have been helping slip and fall victims throughout Brevard County, and the rest of Central Florida for over 30 years. On average, our clients receive 3x more than what they're offered before we're hired.
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Slip and fall injuries happen when someone falls to the ground and is injured on someone else’s property. A common example of slipping and falling occurs in businesses. When a slick surface becomes wet and nothing is done to remedy this, people often slip and fall, injuring themselves. In stores, our attention is drawn to merchandise on the shelves, so our attention isn’t always on the floor where we are walking.
Environment can also play a factor in slip and fall injuries. This is labeled as an “indirect cause.” Examples of indirect causes are badly lit walkways and missing or broken handrails. If you are seeking compensation for a slip and fall injury, these cases can be very difficult. An indirect cause case requires a leading slip and fall lawyer.
The team at Douglas R. Beam P.A. knows how much one slip and fall injury can change a life. Our decades of winning favorable verdicts in slip and fall lawsuits has given our team strong insight into just how damaging a slip and fall injury can be. Slip and fall accidents can lead to emergency room visits, lasting pain and suffering, medical needs, and economic hardships. Our Melbourne slip and fall lawyers are passionate about helping victims heal and get to the best recovery possible.
We know that slipping and falling is never planned. Fall accidents are complex, that’s why we offer a free and fast consultation to anyone seeking help. If you need to speak to a slip and fall attorney in Melbourne, Florida, we are available to meet in-office, virtually, at the hospital, or at your home. Once we have you as a client, our firm works for you. We use our broad resources, our deep connections, and our relationships with skilled investigators and evidence experts to put together an in-depth and compelling case for compensation. Whether through settlement or trial, our team knows how to take a case from start to close. Our approach has led to our founder Doug Beam landing multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements regularly. It also led our managing attorney Riley Beam to win a $28.5 Million Dollar verdict in his first catastrophic injury jury trial.
“Riley was the best. Was always clear what we needed to do on our end and kept us updated. The staff went above and beyond and we couldn't be happier with the outcome! Thank you!”
- Eugene B.
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While walking down the stairs, a faulty handrail broke, causing major injuries for our client. Our client received a six-figure settlement to cover the damages caused by the fall.
Every year in every case we try, we are shocked to find how little insurance companies want to offer our clients. On average, we find that insurance undervalues injury claims by 2 to 100 times what we get for our client. It’s a broad spectrum, but it proves a point.
Most people don’t understand how badly insurance is setting them up for the future.
The majority of slip and fall injuries that take place every day are rarely understood for how devastating and dangerous they can be for slip and fall victims. What appears to be a simple injury can develop into a debilitating condition. To make matters worse, insurance loves to fight slip and fall claims. When it is time for insurance companies to fulfill their duty, they are often more focused on revenue than helping the injured.
The top insurance companies made over $300,000,000,000 in 2019 by making sure they were paying out claims that were favorable to them. Great personal injury lawyers know the tricks of the insurance companies. At Douglas R. Beam P.A. our slip and fall attorneys have brought in over $1,000,000,000 in settlements and verdicts. On average, we help our clients receive 3x what they’re offered before our firm is hired.
From a minor slip and fall injury to a catastrophic injury, if you’ve been in an accident you should speak with a Melbourne, Florida slip and fall attorney. Do this as quickly as possible. Once your slip and fall injury takes place, insurance is measuring your actions and working to make sure they pay you as little possible for your recovery. Have you been in a slip and fall accident and are curious if your case is a good one? Contact us for a free consultation!
Slips, trips, and falls are never anticipated. These serious injuries can take a huge toll financially, physically, and emotionally. In the aftermath of a slip and fall, there are things you can do that will help protect your legal rights and position you to recover. The following tips will get you on the track to a speedy recovery.
When an accident occurs, make sure that you and any other parties in the slip, trip, or fall are taken care of. Provide responders detailed information on the accident and any symptoms that you are experiencing. Most people underestimate how bad their injuries are after an accident because of the post-accident adrenaline rush. Trip and fall injuries can be quite serious. Striking one's head in a fall can result in a traumatic brain injury or even death. Get an exam from your doctor and follow all doctors’ orders for treatment. You’ll heal more quickly, and insurance can't accuse you of failing to take your doctor’s advice.
If your fall injuries are serious enough, ask someone to call 911 to get medical help. Ask any officers that may show up for a copy of a report. Your accident lawyer will use it to prepare a lawsuit.
Immediately after a slip and fall accident, begin gathering evidence. Take pictures and videos of the scene and yourself. Take pictures of the wet floor, uneven sidewalk, or location with inadequate lighting. Make sure everything is documented. You should have evidence of every hazard and how you fell. If the property owner or manager did not maintain a safe environment, you should document this as soon as you can. Your lawyer will examine this information to collect critical information about how the slip and fall injury happened.
Keep a tight rein on what you say to the other parties involved in the fall, to bystanders, and to insurance agents. Any admission of fault could leave you without a chance in your lawsuit.
Our law office has handled slips, trips and falls in the Central Florida area for decades. Our legal team has the experience and millions in results. Hiring an experienced slip and fall lawyer is the most effective way to ensure you will be taken care of during your case.
You should investigate these three things when searching for a slip and fall lawyer.
Find a slip and fall attorney who has a history of winning cases like yours. These attorneys will understand your fall accident, your fall injuries, and what the accident caused in your life. They understand premises liability and work hard to hold the responsible parties accountable. Additionally, the right slip and fall attorney will understand your medical needs and the impact of the fall injuries on your personal and work life.
Good slip and fall attorneys bet on themselves. The way they do that is through contingency fees. All that means is that you don’t pay any money up front. That takes the financial burden off of the client. Standard contingency fees are 33.33% of whatever insurance rewards.
Great law firms are ready and willing to go to trial, yet the majority of cases in the best law firms settle. Why? Because insurance is terrified of going to court against great attorneys. Trials are expensive and time-consuming. Insurance companies fear attorneys that have the resources, experience and know how to beat them soundly in court.
In a perfect world, when a slip, trip, or fall happens, we should be able to trust our insurance company to put our lives back together. Unfortunately, most insurance companies make their money by underpaying victims of serious injury. When a personal injury attorney represents a fall victim, the accident lawyer will know how to deal with insurance companies so that they fulfill their obligations. The slip and fall lawyers at Douglas R. Beam P.A. can evaluate your slip and fall accident during the initial consultation. We can map out a plan that details the medical bills, hospital visits, missed work, and other monetary damages you are owed as a result of the accident.
The average slip and fall settlement is between $15,000 and $50,000.
Why the difference? It all depends upon damages.
Douglas R. Beam P.A. has had $1 Billion Dollars in settlements and verdicts here in Melbourne, Florida.
Damages is the phrase used in the insurance industry to understand what the insurance company needs to pay for. Damages could include anything from a broken cell phone to a serious injury to lost wages that were caused by the slip and fall accident. How much money insurance pays out is dependent upon the damages.
Normally, when people interact with insurance companies, they do not know how to calculate, document, and prove the damages that have taken place in slip and fall accidents. A good slip and fall lawyer ensures you get the damages you deserve and that the liable parties are held accountable.
When you sue for slip and fall injuries, you are telling an insurance company that they owe more than what they are offering. How much you get all depends upon the damages you or your slip and fall attorney can prove.
Yes, slip and fall cases are complex and can be hard to win.
The key to winning a slip and fall case is proving that the defendant was negligent. This is based around identifying that the defendant knew something was wrong with their property, did nothing about it, and it resulted in an injury. The attorney must also be able to prove:
1. The property owner owed their client a duty of care.
2. They breached the duty of care.
3. The breach caused their client's accident and injuries.
4. Their client has damages resulting from the accident.
An experienced slip and fall lawyer is absolutely necessary in these circumstances. They know how to build a case with the evidence available and can get the proper compensation for their client. Obtaining the settlement you're entitled to can be a long process with many steps. That's why it's so important to hire a skilled lawyer with known success in cases of this type.
In a slip and fall case, an attorney’s job is to show three things. First, it is to prove that their client was injured by a slip and fall. Second, they must show that the defendant is negligent. Third, they need to demonstrate that their client is worthy of compensation.
This starts with the client receiving healthcare to make sure their fall injuries are healed. Once they have reached the maximum point of healing, the attorney will build a demand. This demand will showcase all of the damages suffered by the fall victim and will show how these damages were connected to their slip, trip, or fall. Once this demand is sent out, the defendant will reply by accepting or denying the demand. If accepted, the client will be paid out based on the demand amount. If denied, the attorney will prepare for trial.
The majority of cases will settle before trial, with only a few reaching the courtroom. It is to the advantage of the defendant to settle out of court, particularly if they are facing a good attorney.
Slip and fall settlements are calculated through damages and evidence.
Damages is the term used to describe what an insurance company owes the injured. Damages could be a number of things from a broken item to a broken bone to missed work. The insurance determines the settlement amount based on how much the damages add up to.
Evidence is the proof that the defendant (normally the property owner) is guilty of negligence that resulted in the injuries. The most effective evidence shows clear liability and can link any damages directly to the negligence from the defendant.
An insurance company will normally quickly settle cases in which there is clear liability in the evidence and the damages are accurately linked back to negligence.
Negligence in a slip and fall accident is proved through five different things:
1. The property owner knew there was a defective or hazardous condition on the property that resulted in an injury.
2. The property owner owed the injured a duty of care.
3. They breached the duty of care.
4. The breach caused accident and injuries.
5. The injured has damages resulting from the accident.
Slips, trips, and falls come out of nowhere. For over three decades, our firm has protected injury victims throughout Melbourne, Florida and Central Florida by winning compensation for their losses. Our slip and fall attorneys possess expertise and have a record of successfully representing clients. This has allowed our firm to become a leading Brevard County personal injury law firm.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall accident, contact our offices today for a free case review. Our team is available at all hours of the day and will act quickly to protect your rights. For an immediate consultation, call our phone number (321) 723-6591, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the simple form below.
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