Common Deposition Questions Related to a Slip and Fall

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Answering deposition questions about a slip and fall can be an intimidating process. The attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida will work with you before and during this time to help ease any emotional discomfort, but knowing what questions to expect can be helpful as well.
Common Disposition Questions

  • Personal questions such as where you’ve lived, jobs you’ve held, wages you have earned, and reasons you left those jobs
  • Questions about pending lawsuits, previous lawsuits, insurance claims, and workers’ compensation claims
  • Questions about your accident including why you were on the premises, who was with you, and how the accident happened
  • Details about your injuries including medical reports and your current physical limitations
  • Trick questions such as why you saw a chiropractor instead of a family physician

The trick questions in particular are designed to find holes in your story. Our attorneys will work with you during this time to ensure you are not tricked into incriminating yourself, or coerced into accepting less than you are due.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the personal injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Questions about Slip and Fall

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

What is a slip and fall accident?
A slip and fall accident occurs when you are using a public area and, due to its maintenance, lose your footing and hurt yourself. This can occur in stores, at public pools, or even on private property.
What can happen in a slip and fall accident?
A slip and fall accident can result in several injuries including broken bones, spinal cord injury, neck injury, and brain injury. These will all require medical treatment which should be the responsibility of the party in charge of maintaining the property.
Is a slip and fall accident part of premises liability law?
Yes, a slip and fall injury is part of premises liability law. Anyone who owns or maintains a property has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for those who may use it. When they fail to do so, and you are injured as a result, you have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit with an attorney who has experience in premises liability.
What damages can I collect in a slip and fall accident?
Your damages will depend on the extent and nature of your injury. In most cases, you can collect damages including lost wages, medical expenses, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida will assess your claim, and help you determine the compensation you are due.
If you have questions about slip and fall accidents, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida. We proudly fight for the rights of victims in and around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, and Ft. Myers, Florida.

First Degree vs. Second and Third Degree Robbery Charges

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

In general, robbery is the taking of another person’s property through the use of force. The amount of force used will determine what type of robbery you are charged with.
Difference of Degrees

  • First degree robbery is the most serious offense and is what most people think of when they consider a robbery. First degree robbery is robbery with a weapon, usually a gun, and can result in serious fines, penalties, and a substantial amount of jail time.
  • Second degree robbery most frequently occurs when several people work together to commit a robbery. While less serious that a first degree charge, second degree robbery can still result in jail time and heavy fines.
  • Third degree robbery is the least serious of all of these offenses and may occur if the force or intimidation used to commit the robbery was minimal. This is generally a non-violent crime, but can still result in jail time and fines.

Defending Your Rights
When you are accused of any type of robbery, you will require an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. We will assist you in dealing with law enforcement, the District Attorney, and in building a solid defense to help minimize or dismiss your charges. The state of Florida aggressively pursues all charges of robbery. You deserve someone on your side who will work equally aggressively to defend your rights.
If you have been accused of robbery in the areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

Petit Theft vs. Grand Theft

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The degree to which a theft charge is pursued by law enforcement and the District Attorney can be made drastically different by one single dollar. Petit theft is a misdemeanor, and occurs when you take up to $300 in stolen goods. Grand theft is a felony, and occurs when you take over $301 in stolen goods. Sadly, the value of merchandise may have its cost inflated or exaggerated in an attempt to force a higher penalty.
Getting the Defense You Deserve
The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony conviction is drastic. While a misdemeanor may include a nominal amount of jail time, some fines, and probation or community service, a felony charge can carry significant jail time, hefty fines, and years in the system. Due to the recent push by state law enforcement to crack down on theft, misinformation may be used, or key evidence withheld in an attempt to secure a stiffer penalty.
The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida will investigate your charges, and seek to find the actual amount of merchandise you are being accused of taking. We will fight for a fair trial in which true evidence is presented, and work to have your charges dismissed, or reduced. We are here to help ensure you are treated fairly, and your rights are fully preserved.
If you have been accused of any type of theft in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

Self Defense

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

In the state of Florida, a murder that occurred while you were defending yourself may be considered lawful and justified. In fact, if you are being accused of murder after defending yourself or your family from an attacker, robber, or otherwise violent criminal, it is entirely possibly that your charges can be dropped entirely. In order to obtain a ruling that a death occurred in self defense, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
Hiring the Cochran Firm
The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida support your right to defend yourself and your family against attacks. When the unfortunate result is the accidental taking of another person’s life, we know that you were simply acting in the best interests of those you love.
We will work around the clock to build a solid case on your behalf, and fight to ensure that your side of the story is fully heard. These cases are complex, but with an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, you can work to preserve your innocence, and your freedom.
If you have been accused of murder resulting from self-defense in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the dedicated criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.

I Have Been Written Up after My Workplace Injury. Is This Legal?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

It is illegal for an employer to deny workers’ compensation when an employee is injured on the job. It is not illegal for that employer to issue a warning or write up to the employee to prevent future instances of injury, especially if your conduct contributed to your injury. However, if your employer is creating a hostile work environment, you may have cause to file additional legal action.
If your employer is using tactics of intimidation or coercion after you file a worker’s compensation claim, you need to report it to one of our attorneys right away. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help you add penalties to an employer for hostile actions, and may even be able to assist you in filing a claim based on emotional injury. Intimidation following a workers’ compensation claim is illegal. You have a right to a safe, supportive working environment. We can help ensure you are taken care of when this is not provided to you.
If you have been intimidated or harassed after filing a workers’ compensation claim in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myer, Florida, please contact the experienced attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free initial consultation today.