If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident at a Wawa convenience store in Florida, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. After a thorough examination of the facts surrounding your slip and fall accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you to determine if you have a claim against the store.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Englander Peebles are here to help. We will fight for all compensation that you are entitled to receive. We won’t let a corporation or its insurance company bully you around or force you to accept a settlement that fails to fully and fairly compensate you for the harm that you have suffered.
To learn more about how our Wawa slip and fall lawyers can help you, call or reach us online today. We can provide a free consultation at our office in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, or Miami, or we can meet with you at your home or the hospital, whichever is most convenient for you.
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Why Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in Wawa Stores?
Many potential hazards could cause a serious injury at a Wawa store if the store has neglected its duty to keep the premises in safe condition. Examples of hazardous situations that you may encounter at a convenience store include:
- Wet or newly waxed floors in an area without a caution sign
- Food or other goods on the floor
- Greasy, oily surfaces that store employees fail to clean up
- Excess rainwater accumulating at the entrance to the store
- No warning signs to tell customers about ongoing construction to the building.
If you slip and fall at a Wawa store as a result of one of the above scenarios, or due to a situation not listed, and you are seriously injured, you may have grounds to bring a premises liability claim against the store.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Trip and Fall in Wawa?
The Wawa store owner can be held liable for your slip and fall accident. If the owner leases the property, you may have a claim against the tenant as well as the property owner. Under Florida premises liability law, property owners must maintain their property in a manner that makes it relatively safe for the public. When a property owner fails to fulfill this duty, and someone gets injured, the owner can and should be held liable for damages.
At Englander Peebles, we can thoroughly investigate your case and identify all parties who should be held responsible for your slip and fall injuries.
What Must You Prove in a Premises Liability Claim?
To successfully sue Wawa for your slip and fall accident, you must prove that the accident occurred on store property, that the store was negligent, and that the store’s negligence caused your injury. Under Florida law, the burden is on you to prove the Wawa store knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to take appropriate actions to remedy or warn about it.
If your Wawa slip and fall case makes it to court (and even during settlement negotiations), the store may try to use Florida’s comparative negligence rule to pay as little as possible to resolve your case.
Under the comparative negligence rule, any damages awarded to you would be reduced according to the percentage of your fault for the accident. For example, if you were 25 percent to blame for your slip and fall accident, and your damages total $100,000, your damages would be reduced by 25 percent to $75,000.
At Englander Peebles, we know how corporations and insurance companies operate. We won’t let you be victimized a second time by them. We will aggressively challenge any attempts to shift blame for your slip and fall accident to you, and we will fight for the compensation that you deserve.
What Are The Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries?
Slip and falls at stores can cause a wide range of injuries. The nature and severity of these injuries depend on how a person falls and lands. Common slip and fall injuries at convenience stores include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Knee damage
- Sprained wrists or ankles.
If you have suffered a slip and fall accident at a Wawa store, you should seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor can document the specifics of your injury as well as your treatment and rehabilitation plan. This information can be used as evidence in your personal injury case and support the extent of your injuries.
Damages Available in a Florida Slip and Fall Case
If you suffered a slip and fall at a Wawa convenience store in Florida, you may be entitled to recover compensatory damages if the store’s negligence caused your injuries. Damages in Wawa slip and falls are typically a combination of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are losses that have specific dollar amounts attached such as medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs, while non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional anguish.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may also be eligible to recover punitive damages. To qualify for these damages, you must prove that the store acted with deliberate intent or willful or wanton misconduct.
Our Wawa Slip and Fall Lawyers Are Ready to Help You
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a slip and fall at a Wawa convenience store in Florida, you should contact Englander Peebles right away. We will get to work on your case immediately. We will investigate exactly what happened to you at the Wawa store, calculate your damages, and demand compensation from all liable parties. We are ready to take your case to trial if the settlement which the store offers is for less than what you deserve. To get started, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.