If you were hurt in a Miami Publix because of a dangerous condition in the store, an accomplished Miami Publix injury lawyer from Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer can help you secure the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Boris Lavent is an award-winning trial lawyer, recognized early in his career as one of the country’s Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40. Boris takes pride in offering personalized legal representation to South Florida injury victims. He will even travel to your home for a free consultation. Contact our law firm in Miami, FL to schedule yours today.
How Can Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me After My Injury in Publix in Miami?
Publix grocery stores are popular across the state of Florida and even have their corporate headquarters in Lakeland, FL. Publix stores are responsible for developing safety protocols and making sure their employees and vendors show appropriate care.
Here’s what you can expect when you choose a premier Miami personal injury attorney like Boris Lavent at Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer to help you with your case:
- Personalized service. Other accident attorneys will pass your case off to their legal staff for intake and junior associates for handling. Boris Lavent conducts personal intake interviews with his clients and personally handles their cases.
- Thorough investigation. Ordinarily, following a Miami Publix injury or incident, the store may provide you with an incident report prepared by a store manager. Our skilled legal team will conduct a full investigation and obtain evidence like surveillance videos to show the dangerous condition that existed at the time of your Publix injury.
- Expert analysis. When technical specifications, like the maintenance of freezers or coolers, require a subject matter expert, we work with South Florida’s leading professionals. We also have relationships with medical providers and financial analysts to help value your personal injuries and their financial impact on your life.
- A zealous defense. In many cases, insurance companies seek to place the blame on injury victims. They do this because it minimizes their financial exposure. Boris Lavent defends his clients against unfair or exaggerated accusations and protects their right to recover maximum compensation.
- One of South Florida’s top trial lawyers. Most cases settle before going to trial. But, Boris Lavent has been recognized as one of the top trial lawyers among his peers. If your case needs to go to trial, you can rest assured that he will be well-prepared.
We serve clients across South Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. We recommend an injury victim consult with a personal injury attorney soon after their accident. Contact our Miami personal injury lawyers at Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer today. We offer free consultations, and Boris Lavent is available to travel to your home to meet with you.
Who is Liable for My Miami Publix Injury?
If you suffered a Miami Publix injury, you may be wondering Who is going to pay my medical bills after my accident? Publix may bear liability for your expenses.
Liability means a legally enforceable claim. if you were injured in a Publix store, you could have a legally enforceable injury claim against a Miami Publix because of their premises liability. You could also have a claim against anyone whose carelessness caused your injury under the legal theory of negligence.
What is Premises Liability?
Publix stores have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe environment on their property. Since Publix is open to the public, Publix stores have a heightened duty of care to everyone inside the store. The duty extends to the parking lot in most situations.
People in the Publix parking lot and inside the store are Publix’s invitees.
Here’s what Publix must do to meet its duty to invitees:
- Maintain the store and surrounding areas in a reasonably safe condition
- Repair any hazards or dangerous conditions found on the store property
- If dangerous conditions are present, warn invitees of the danger
- Conduct periodic and reasonable property inspections to find and repair dangerous conditions or other hazards on the property
To understand whether you have a legally enforceable injury claim against Publix, you should contact an experienced Miami, FL personal injury attorney. Call Boris Lavent at Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer today to discuss your case.
What Are Some Common Miami Publix Injuries?
You may not think of Publix stores as dangerous places. However, a dangerous condition may develop if a store is not reasonably inspected in a timely manner. If steps are not taken to repair the dangerous condition or warn of it, then innocent people can be injured.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Think of all the people who visit a Publix store in a single day. There are likely to be many customers and employees throughout the day.
Also, third-party vendors or distributors may come into the store to stock shelves. You may have seen these vendors, usually wearing the uniform of the company that manufactures the product they are re-stocking, like chips or soda.
Let’s say any one of the people present at the Publix store drops an item, like a gallon of milk or a liter of soda. The product crashes to the floor and spills, creating a risk of slip-and-fall accidents.
It is the responsibility of the employees and managers of Publix stores to occasionally inspect the store for these types of hazards. Since many people come and go from the store each day, these inspections should be fairly frequent.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident because of a spill at Publix, you may have a legally enforceable claim against Publix.
Parking Lot Crimes
Publix stores are also responsible for maintaining a safe and secure parking lot for customers. This extends to the condition of the asphalt and dangerous hazards like potholes. But it also includes protections against criminal activity at the hands of a third party.
What does this mean? Assume that you will be visiting a Publix in a high-crime area. As a customer, you may not be aware of the criminal activity in the area. However, Publix is presumably aware of the criminal dangers.
Publix has a duty to customers to prevent or warn them of potential criminal activity.
Ordinarily, reasonable measures taken by Publix stores can include:
- Lighted parking lots
- Nighttime security
- Warning signs of criminal activity
Of course, Publix does not want to scare its customers. However, a sign reminding you to lock your car doors or beware of leaving valuables within view are appropriate warnings of criminal activity like carjacking or theft.
If you suffered an injury, like a battery, at the hands of a third-party criminal actor in a Publix parking lot (or inside the store!), you may have a claim against Publix stores.
What is My Publix Injury Case Worth?
It depends. The value of any personal injury case, including an injury at a Publix store, depends on the circumstances of the case.
Usually, when we talk about what a case is worth, we are discussing what the damages might be. Damages are a sum of money received by an injured person to compensate for their injuries.
In Florida, two types of legal damages are available to injury victims:
Florida also recognizes punitive damages, but those are usually not available, except in extreme circumstances of intentional or malicious acts.
The value of a personal injury case is the total amount of damages that an injury victim is entitled to recover.
What Are Economic Damages in Florida?
Economic damages make up for financial losses. Some examples of expenses that can be recovered through an award of economic damages include:
- Initial medical expenses
- Ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages as a direct result of time away from work because of the injury
These losses are measurable in actual dollars and cents. To prove economic damages, evidence like billing invoices, receipts, pay stubs, and tax returns will be required.
What Are Non-Economic Damages in Florida?
Like economic damages, non-economic damages are meant to make up for losses. However, non-economic damages are intended to address abstract or intangible losses for things such as:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent disfigurement
The consequences of accidents can be high, and the cost is not always measurable in dollars. For example, a person may not be able to enjoy the activities they once did or offer the support they used to give their family members due to an injury. This person would be entitled to non-economic damages meant to make up for these significant losses.
How Long Do I Have to File a Publix Injury Lawsuit in Florida?
Under Florida’s statute of limitations, injured parties have up to four (4) years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two (2) years of the fatality.
Four years may sound like a long time, but a lot must be done before a lawsuit is filed. The process often starts by making a claim with Publix and their insurance company.
The statute of limitations is an important deadline. If a lawsuit is not filed on time, the injury victim may not be able to recover compensation at all.
Contact a Miami Premises Liability Attorney Today
After an accident at a Miami, FL, Publix location, you only have four years to file a lawsuit. In that time, your attorney must investigate, conduct interviews, and undertake research in your case. There may be a need to file a claim with an insurance company, as well.
Once the time expires, it can be impossible to recover the compensation you deserve. Do not delay. Contact Boris Lavent, an experienced Miami Publix injury lawyer, to schedule your free consultation with Lavent Law Personal Injury Lawyer today.