Hicks & Motto is proud to announce that Todd Cash Alofs has joined the firm. Mr. Alofs is a Florida Bar and National Board of Trial Advocacy Board Certified and “AV” Rated Civil Trial Lawyer with over 35 years of litigation experience. Mr. Alofs has obtained many millions of dollars for his clients both through jury trials as well as pre-trial settlements. Mr. Alofs shall be practicing in the areas of car crash, slip and falls, trips and falls and wrongful death. Remember if you or a loved one is involved in an accident, call the attorneys at Hicks & Motto, Where Results Matter.
In this chaotic fast paced world where you are on the go 24/7. Slip and fall accidents do occur and it’s amazing how just this simple incident can lead to major issues that can last a lifetime. If you get hurt because of the negligence of a business owner, a company, or another person, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. If you want to pursue a claim, here is some advise:
First, you need to have evidence to demonstrate liability or why the person or company is at fault. Just because you fall at a business, doesn’t mean the business owner is liable. The evidence you collect and whether or not it would hold up in court will differ based on the case. In any event, since everyone has a cell phone with a camera function, it is crucial to your claim to take photographs of the area where you fell and of any substance that might have contributed to the fall, i.e. water, a grape, soap. In addition, if there were any witnesses to the fall, attempt to obtain the person’s name and telephone number, as their testimony as to what occurred can be very beneficial to the claim. Finally, preserve the shoes that you were wearing at the time of the fall, as they are now evidence regarding the claim. You should place the shoes in a safe area, and no longer wear them.
Furthermore, you need to seek the appropriate medical treatment to help alleviate the pain and discomfort, and ultimately lead to the resolution of your injuries. Not every doctor is trained to treat injuries arising from a slip and fall incident, sometime specialists are needed depending on the injury. Never delay, seek medical treatment immediately after the fall.
You can represent yourself, but you do have the option to retain a lawyer. Most people will say, “well I don’t have money to go see a lawyer”, but in the State of Florida, personal injury attorneys work on what is called a contingency, which means we ONLY get paid if we are able to obtain money for your claim.
Here at Hicks and Motto, we specialize in personal injury claims and have seen numerous cases and would love to be able to help you receive justice for your claim. We look forward to speaking with you and fighting on your behalf. Remember at Hicks & Motto, “Results Matter”.
Amusement parks offer guests fun, adrenaline-pumping rides, fantastic sights, and much more. Whether you are visiting a county fair, state fair, carnival, theme park, amusement park, or even a water park, no element of surprise should include injury erupting from reckless behavior. Unfortunately, when carelessness is blended in with excitement, the outcome can be anything but joyous, resulting in serious personal injury and even wrongful death. According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, 300 million people go to amusement parks each year. It is estimated that the chance of an injury happening in a theme park setting is 1 in 9 million. After recent fatal events at the Ohio State Fair, Hicks & Motto wanted to inform you about what to do in the event of an injury at an amusement park, fair, or carnival.
Guest safety in any amusement park setting should always come first and be at the top of the establishment’s list of priorities. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and when careless actions or efforts are carried out by owners or employees, people get hurt. Some common negligence issues that lead to injuries include:
Dimly lit areas like parking lots where assaults can take place
Unlocked doors or gates that can permit access to dangerous areas
Poorly maintained rides or buildings
Ride operators under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Defects in rides
Slippery surface areas
Equipment or other articles that obstruct walkways
Tampa, Orlando, Weeki Wachee, and other parts of Florida have some magnificent theme parks that are famous throughout the country. Popular theme parks like these are required to have routine safety inspections and highly trained employees operating the rides. However, even if these safety precautions are performed regularly and properly, accidents can still happen. Injuries at theme parks can be lethal due to extreme heights and momentous speeds reached within seconds flat.
Many amusement park accidents take place on a more local level, at county or state fairs, and short-term festivals and carnivals. The safety measures for small-scale events like these are not as strict as large and permanent parks. Rides and stations are set up and taken down repeatedly and transported across the country every few days or weeks. Sometimes the storage process of these rides can be inadequate. These rides are usually not maintained properly, overused, and outdated. It is not uncommon for these rides to be improperly set up, which can make them a full-on danger zone for paying customers.
The staff at these local events can also be crookedly constructed. Many times they are not fully aware or trained at handling such intricate structures. When this is the case, serious unfortunate accidents can occur. All it takes is one missing screw or an untrained employee to create a catastrophic injury that can change your life forever.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) used to track the number of deaths due to theme park or carnival rides (52 deaths between 1990 and 2004), but they no longer collect mortality data. They did report that, in 2011, over 37,000 people were sent to emergency rooms. Of those, approximately 36,000 were released and a little over 1,000 were admitted to the hospital. The CPSC regulates portable rides such as the ones that you see at county fairs and carnivals, but they have nothing to do with standard fixed rides such as the ones found at Disney World, Universal Studios, or Busch Gardens.
When a wrongful death or amusement park injury occurs, and that injury occurs on a ride, it will be generally due to improper ride maintenance, inspection, or a failure to warn. A theme-park injury may originate with a ride manufacturer’s product defect – which would give rise to a product-liability claim.
However, plenty of people are injured at theme parks or carnivals, and those injuries have nothing to do with the actual rides. The owner/manager of the park has an obligation to maintain the general premises in a safe condition. Inadequate security, broken stairs or handrails, uneven pavement, or insufficient lighting in the parking lot may also be evidence of general negligence that would give rise to a premises-liability claim.
Most theme park accidents deal with large corporations; sometimes one claim can involve several different companies. At Hicks & Motto, we are prepared to go to bat against major corporations; we will not cower from scare tactics enlisted by these corporations to get you to take a low settlement. It is important to know that swift settlement offers are usually not in your best interest; however, all cases are unique. Generally speaking, companies will try and dissuade you from pursuing your legal matters by convincing you that you will be unsuccessful against them. This is simply an effort to limit their product liability exposure. Whether you, or someone you know, is injured at any fairs, carnivals, or theme parks in Florida, call the injury lawyers at Hicks & Motto, P.A., for a free consultation.
Hicks & Motto has a warning for Facebook and social media users. Facebook is being used by insurance companies in an effort to find evidence against people who have been injured. Hicks & Motto, a personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm in Palm Beach Gardens and Port St. Lucie, Florida, is warning its clients who are injured in an accident that the things they post on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or elsewhere on the web or social media, could be used against them.
If a person has been injured in a car accident, work accident, slip and fall, or other injury claim, chances are good that in addition to surveillance, the insurance carrier is looking for new ways to find evidence against the injured. Insurance companies and their lawyers have been increasingly searching social media sites for photos, videos, or blogs about what a person who has been injured in an accident is doing. Hicks & Motto has a warning for Facebook and social media users — be extremely mindful of what you post, as this may one day be taken out of context or used against you.
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