Dedicated Sunrise Slip and Fall Lawyer Serving South Florida

Sunrise Slip and Fall Lawyer - person falling picAccidents do happen, but sometimes, there is nothing “accidental” about them.

Minor accidents happen all the time: you nick yourself shaving, or stub your toe on the coffee table, or get a paper cut opening an envelope. It stings for a minute, then you forget all about it; no harm was done. Unfortunately, not all accidents are minor. Injuries can happen on someone else’s property and you may have to pay significant medical expenses to recover from your injuries, even though the cause of your accident was the negligence of another. “Accidents” like these may entitle you to compensations for what is known as premises liability. Getting help from an experienced Sunrise, FL slip and fall lawyer can make a huge difference when it comes to identifying negligence and requesting the deserved compensation. We represent injured victims in the Sunrise, West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale Areas.

Examples of premises liability

Slip and Fall: If you are injured because someone overlooks basic safety measures, such as posting a warning about wet floors, cleaning up a spill that exists on the floor, repairing a hole in the floor, or adequately covering a drain, the owner of the property is liable for damages. These damages could include recovery of medical expenses, lost wages, and money for emotional distress. Consult with our dedicated, Sunrise, FL slip and fall attorney, David M. Benenfeld, and find out how we can help you.

Toxic Chemicals: A property or business owner who exposes tenants and/or customers to dangerous materials like lead paint, mold or asbestos, can be held liable for any medical expenses or other related damages. This is true, even if the owner claims to have been unaware that there was a problem. A claim of ignorance is no excuse. It just means the owner did not conduct enough inspections to ensure the property’s safety. Another example of toxic chemical liability is when everyday chemicals are used incorrectly, such as chlorine in swimming pools. Improper regulation of the amount of chlorine used to treat the water can severely damage eyes and skin, and a spill can prove disastrous. Our premises liability law firm in Sunrise can help identify the causes of your injury and get the compensation you deserve.

Construction: Property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of customers or passersby when the property is undergoing maintenance or construction. For example, window washers, painters, electricians, plumbers and other laborers must make sure that their tools and other equipment are secure. Even a small bolt can severely injure a person if it falls from a great height. In addition, property owners have a responsibility to properly mark and seal off construction sites.

Lack of Security: If you have been assaulted, robbed, raped or otherwise injured while residing in an apartment or staying at a hotel, you should ask yourself how the crime was committed and the level of security provided by the property’s owner. The owner and manager of the property have the legal responsibility to ensure tenants and guests are adequately protected from criminals and intruders. Lack of control over who can gain access to the property, bad lighting, weak locks, an insufficient number of security personnel, or poorly trained security personnel, can all be considered negligent and grounds for a lawsuit for lack of security. Our Sunrise premises liability law firm can help bring you justice.

Negligent Security: Property owners have a duty to keep others safe from harm, including criminal assault and battery. If they fail to take adequate safety measures or to warn visitors of dangerous conditions, they can be held liable for negligent security. Negligent security claims involve issues such as forced entry, inadequate parking lot surveillance, poor lighting, improperly trained or inadequate security personnel, and more. Places, where negligent security is commonly cited as the cause of an injury, include hotels, apartments, theme parks, shopping malls, sports stadiums, hospitals, nursing homes, banks and ATM machines, stairwells, and elevators.

Children falling into swimming pools: Young children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. In Florida, drowning is the leading cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 4, and the drowning death rate among children who are 5 years old is the highest in the nation. Of course, many more children are severely injured from falling into a swimming pool or accidents in the immediate area. Many of these deaths and injuries are the result of lack of adequate fencing, insufficient or negligent supervision, inadequate warning signs, and improper maintenance. All of these situations are examples of premises liability. The owner or manager of the property can be held liable for medical expenses and distress resulting from the injury, or wrongful death if the child drowns.

Alcohol Liability: In Florida, bar owners can be held liable if an obviously intoxicated customer injures another person. The laws that govern this situation are known as Dram Shop Laws. Essentially, if a bartender continues to serve a customer who is already drunk and does not make an attempt to keep him or her from driving, the bartender and the bar’s owner have directly contributed to consequences of the drunken patron’s actions.

David Benenfeld: Experienced Premises Liability Lawyer for Injured Floridians

The average citizen of Florida is usually unaware of his or her rights as a guest, tenant or customer. Because of this, they rarely consider issues of liability after an injury or assault. David Benenfeld has been advising and working for the injured of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach County for over a decade, and has helped many victims of premises liability secure the compensation they deserve.

By working closely with his clients and presenting cases firmly grounded in legal precedent, David Benenfeld has earned a reputation as a skilled and formidable attorney. This allows him to bring cases to a favorable close at a faster rate than most other personal injury lawyers.

Sources of Compensation

Most premises liability claims arise from accidents that occur at commercial establishments, such as stores, restaurants and grocery stores. Under Florida law, an employer is liable for the negligence of his employee, even if the employer itself is not at fault. For this reason, you can file a claim against a business over an accident caused by one of their employees.

Most businesses carry insurance that will pay out on premises liability claims. Even if the establishment’s insurance won’t cover your accident, the establishment itself is likely to be able to afford to pay. If you are injured in a private home, however, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance normally covers liability. In other words, you are probably going to have to negotiate compensation from an insurance company. To make the process more effective, quicker, and easier, hire an experienced Sunrise slip and fall lawyer that will fight for your rights.

Arbitration Clauses

If you were injured at a commercial establishment with which you have a contractual relationship (a fitness gym, for example), your contract may require arbitration. You can still reach a settlement if the defendant is willing; however, you probably can’t take your claim to court. Arbitrating your claim probably won’t result in any disadvantage, except that you probably can’t appeal an adverse decision.


“I hired David Benenfeld for my slip and fall case thank you so much for all you have done. I loved the professionalism and the amazing help I received!”
Olga M.

Some of My Practice Areas

In addition to slip and fall and premises liability cases, I also frequently take the following kinds of cases:

But I Can’t Afford to Hire an Attorney for My Premises Liability Claim!

Yes, you can. The way that I have set up payment, it is ultimately the defendant who pays your legal bills. It works like this:

  • I don’t charge any upfront fees for representation.
  • Your legal bills will come due at the time the defendant actually transfers the money. At that point, your bill will be calculated as a percentage of your compensation, so you are guaranteed to come out ahead.
  • In the unlikely event that you do not receive any compensation, I will not charge you any legal fees at all for my representation.

Seek Legal Help Immediately

Personal injury claims tend to grow cold over time, as evidence deteriorates (witnesses move out of town, for example). Meanwhile, the statute of limitations sets a deadline for filing a lawsuit. If you miss it, the defendant will have no incentive to settle with you – after all, if you can no longer force the money out of them, then why should they compromise and settle with you?

If you have suffered a slip and fall accident or were injured in some other way on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Your chances increase if the accident resulted from an unreasonably dangerous condition on the property. Call David M. Benenfeld at 954-677-0155, or complete the online contact form, so that we can schedule a free consultation. Your Sunrise slip and fall attorney is here to help!

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Slip and Fall Lawyer FAQ

  • Are slip and fall accidents in nursing homes different from slip and falls elsewhere?
  • I suffered a shoulder injury as a result of a slip and fall accident, which left me with permanent loss of range of motion. How much can I recover for permanent damage?
  • If I don’t accept the insurance company’s settlement offer after my slip and fall accident, will I be able to collect more by going to trial?
  • How do I go about getting a witness to testify in my favor after my slip and fall accident at a movie theater?
  • If I got hurt from falling on my neighbor’s property, does my neighbor’s insurance or my own insurance cover my injuries?
  • What Are Some Things I Should Ask My Lawyer in Regards to My Slip-and-Fall Case?
  • What’s the Best Kind of Lawyer to Get For a Slip-and-Fall Case?
  • How Can Social Media Ruin Your Slip-and-Fall Case?
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  • Guess What? Slip-and-Fall Cases Don’t Only Happen to Older People
  • Some Common Misconceptions About Slip-and-Fall Cases
  • I May Not Ever Be Able to Walk or Work the Same Way Again. How Will I Get Compensated?
  • I Slipped and Fell. How Much is An Attorney Going to Cost?
  • You Slipped and Fell at a Large Chain. Don’t Let that Intimidate You
  • How to Know if Your Slip and Fall Case is Worth Pursuing?
  • How much money can I get after a slip and fall injury caused me to suffer permanent range of motion loss in my shoulder?
  • What should I do when a business owner told me I should have seen the hazard that caused my slip and fall accident?
  • I fell at a hotel I was staying at. I think the hotel is responsible for my injury, but how do I know?
  • I wasn’t watching where I was going and slipped on the stairs and fell, but the staircase in the parking garage had a broken handrail. Can I file a slip and fall injury claim?
  • What is a slip and fall head injury case worth?
  • I know elderly people are more prone to falling. How can I help my elderly mother avoid a slip and fall accident?
  • My Son Was Injured When He Was Shopping And Merchandise From Overhead Came Crashing Down On Him. Do We Have A Legal Claim?
  • How Do Falling Merchandise Injuries Occur?
  • Can Sleeping Pills Cause Florida Slip and Fall Accidents?
  • What Should I Know About Dealing With Insurance Companies In South Florida If I Was Injured On Someone Else’s Property?
  • Why Is It That Every Store Aisle Must Place “WET FLOOR” Signs To Obstruct Shoppers From Walking? I Understand They Are Trying To Warn Consumers, But It Is Highly Annoying!
  • Why Does Wal-Mart Keep Making The News For Being Liable For So Many Slip And Fall Accidents?
  • Who Should Be Held Responsible For Your Florida Slip And Fall Accident?
  • Who Is Responsible For My Ankle Injury After I Fell On Uneven Pavement Outside A Grocery Store?
  • Who Is Responsible And Pays For My Slip And Fall Injury?
  • Who Can I Sue After A Cold Weather Slip And Fall Accident?
  • While I Was Carrying Several Bags Of Groceries Up The Stairs Leading To My Broward County Apartment, I Slipped And Fell On The Wet Steps. The Fall Caused Me To Twist My Ankle And Sprain My Wrist. Do You Know If My Landlord Is Liable For Compensating Me For My Injuries?
  • What Types Of Slip And Fall And Premises Liability Accidents Does Injury Law Service Handle?
  • What Should I Know About Insurance Companies After A Dade, Palm Beach, Or Broward County Premises Liability Accident?
  • What Should I Do If I Hurt Myself In A Florida Slip And Fall Accident?
  • What Not To Do After A Broward County Slip And Fall Accident.
  • What Leads To A Florida Slip And Fall Accident?
  • What If Spilled Liquid Caused Slip And Fall Injuries?
  • What If I Didn’t Do The Right Things After My Florida Slip And Fall Accident?
  • What Happens If Someone Becomes Injured As The Result Of Taking Sleeping Pills?
  • What Compensation Is Available In A Florida Slip And Fall Case?
  • What Can Cause A Staircase Fall Accident To Occur?
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  • What Are The Symptoms Of A Tailbone Injury And When Should I See A Doctor After A Slip And Fall Accident?
  • What Are Some Of The Symptoms Of A Pelvic Fracture I Should Be Looking Out For Following My Slip And Fall Accident?
  • I Suffered An Injury At The Grocery Store And Need Compensation. Is It True That These Types Of Cases Are More Difficult To Prove Since They Are Unique?
  • What Steps Do I Take After A Slip And Fall Accident In Florida?
  • I Slipped And Fell In A Restaurant And Suffered Nerve Damage. How Much Is My Nerve Injury Worth?
  • Since Children And Older People Tend To Slip And Fall More Often Than Other Adults, Does The Law Discriminate Against Their Ability To Collect Damages?
  • What Are Some Of The Signs And Symptoms Of Nerve Damage I Should Look For After Falling?
  • Why Are Restaurant Slip And Fall Accidents So Serious?
  • What Should I Know About Pursuing A Slip And Fall Lawsuit Involving An Ankle Injury?
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  • How Much Effort Is A Property Owner Expected To Put Forth In Order To Prevent Slip And Fall Accidents In South Florida?
  • I Was Visiting My Sister At Her Apartment Building When I Fell Down The Stairs That Were Broken. Can I Collect Damages For My Broken Bone Injuries From Her Apartment Complex Even Though I Don’t Live There?
  • I Was Shopping In A Grocery Store In Broward County And Slipped And Fell From Water That Was On The Ground. I Hit My Head And Fell On My Back. Now I Am Under Medical Care And In Severe Constant Pain. Do I Have A Claim Against The Store?
  • I Was In A Store Walking Down An Aisle And Tripped And Fell On An Uneven Tile That Was Raised, Causing My Shoulder To Dislocate. Do I Have A Broward County Slip And Fall Claim Against The Store For My Injury?
  • I’ve Heard That Posting Pictures On Facebook Could Hurt My Slip And Fall Claim. Is This True?
  • I Slipped And Fell On A Pool Of Liquid At A Restaurant And Broke My Arm. Who Is Responsible For My Injuries And Lost Wages Because I Can’t Work Right Now?
  • I Slipped And Fell On An Icy Walkway. Who Is Responsible For My Injuries?
  • I Slipped And Fell At Work In Florida And My Head Feels Weird Since The Accident. How Can I Tell If I Suffered A Head Injury?
  • I Fell Down The Stairs At My Apartment Complex Because I Couldnt See Where I Was Going. There Were No Lights In The Stairway. Should My Injuries Be Covered By My Apartment Complex?
  • I Don’t Think The Escalator Safety Stop Worked When My Son Was Injured At The Mall. What Should I Know About Escalator Accidents And Liability?
  • I Am A NEW Small Business Owner In Broward County. Can You Give Me Some Tips On Preventing Slip And Fall Accidents In My Store?
  • How Is A Brain Injury Diagnosed And Treated For A Broward County Slip And Fall Victim?
  • How Do I Prove That A South Florida Store Owner Is Responsible For My Slip And Fall Accident That Caused My Spinal Cord Injury?
  • How Much Is A Foot Injury Worth In A Slip And Fall Case?
  • I Fell On A Slippery Floor At The Supermarket. How Much Is My Broken Tailbone Injury Claim Worth?
  • I Fell Because It Was Too Dark Out And I Couldn’t See The Cracked/Uneven Sidewalk. Now The Property Owner Won’t Settle With Me For My Medical Bills. What Should I Do?
  • What Elements Are Necessary To Have A Valid Slip And Fall Claim?
  • What Are Some Of The Different Kinds Of Compensation Available In A Slip And Fall Case?
  • Can I File A Claim For A Slip And Fall Accident In Broward County After Being Injured In A Store That Had A Liquid Substance On The Floor? I Was Walking Down An Aisle And Lost My Footing From Oil On The Floor. I Fell And Hurt My Head And Back. Is The Store Liable?