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I am a resident of Florida, a very youthful and active 77 year old independent widow who lives alone. I was at my kitchen sink preparing to feed my cat and when I turned to bend down to pick up her bowl, my Reef sandal picked up the area rug which came up and connected to the bottom of my sandal and I fell very hard on my backside on the kitchen floor. I have worn the flip flop sandals for 15 years and was going to go to the pool at my condo to swim following breakfast. The reef sandle has a bottle opener in the soles and as I turned it looped into a loop of the area rug (which was fairly new). I never thought the carpet would be a problem as I don't go barefoot and a toe wouldn't enter one of these loops. Both products however should be taken off the market and consequently I will be healing for many months at a minimum. I fractured my pelvis and my sacrum in the fall, resulting in extreme pain since the fall on March 4 and was transferred on March 7 from Palm Beach Gardens Med. Center to the Gardens Court and expected to be here for rehabilitation for several more weeks. Please tell me the action I should take for this setback in my life and how you suggest I proceed. Sarah Ryan

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

I have been too ill and in too severe pain to address it. Medicare is covering my bills and I have supplemental BC BS of RI.

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No. That's the whole story.

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So sorry for your accident.

It sounds like a potential claim for product liability.

The claim could be based upon the defective design and a duty to warn on the part of the company selling these flip flops.

You would want to retain an attorney with experience in personal injury and product liability claims. Most of these types of cases are done on contingency fee. So, it should not cost you any attorney fees or other expenses upfront.

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