A slip and fall accident can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. While some slips, trips, or falls result in only momentary embarrassment and minor bumps and bruises, others can be much more serious. In some cases, they are fatal. The Florida Department of Health reports that unintentional falls are the fourth-leading cause of death for Florida residents and the leading cause of death among the elderly. In the case of severe injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident, victims are often forced to deal with pain, costly medical treatment, and other unforeseen expenses.
When victims of a slip and fall accident seek compensation for their injuries, property owners often try to shift blame for the accident onto them, especially because Florida follows the comparative negligence rule. For this reason, it is vital for slip and fall injury victims to consult with an experienced Miami slip and fall lawyer who understands the laws in Florida and will aggressively pursue the compensation which they are due.
If you suffered severe injuries in a slip and fall accident in the greater Miami area, contact the personal injury attorneys of Englander Peebles for help. Our firm has a record of success and a dedication to providing the highest level of service to our clients. We can provide a free and timely consultation. Contact us today through our Miami office to get started.
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Why Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
While any condition or activity could potentially result in a slip and fall, common hazards exist that often contribute to these accidents. Slip and fall victims could be eligible to seek compensation if they suffered an injury because a property owner or manager failed to keep their premises clean and clear of hazards such as:
- Torn floor mats
- Broken handrails
- Loose floorboards
- Dirty and/or trash covered floors
- Cords, debris, or other obstructions on floors
- Defects in pavement
- Poor lighting
- Poor stairway design
- Cracked or uneven flooring
- Weather-related hazards
- Inadequate lighting
- Stray electrical cords and wires.
Under Florida law, a person who slips and falls on a foreign substance in a business establishment must prove that the establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it. Typically, you can establish constructive knowledge by proving that a dangerous condition existed for enough time that the business should have known of the condition, or the condition was foreseeable because it occurred with regularity.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Slip and Fall?
Many slip and falls occur in places of business. Store owners could be held liable for such accidents. Most businesses are protected by insurance policies. However, don’t expect any insurance company to simply cut a check. Insurers often try to blame the slip and fall victim. Their goal is to deny the claim or pay as little as possible. At Englander Peebles, however, we will stand up to insurers and aggressively protect your rights and interests.
Some of the different businesses in Miami, FL, that slip and fall accidents may occur in include, but are not limited to:
- Home Depot
- Trader Joe’s
- Price Choice Supermarket
- Sedano’s Supermarket
- Dollar Tree
- Calder Casino and Race Course
- Gulfstream Park and Casino
- Miami GP Raceway
- Hialeah Park
- Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport
- Stadium Hotel
- Miami Lakes Hotel and Golf
- Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club
- Courtyard Miami Lakes by Marriott
- Hard Rock Stadium (formerly known as Sun Life Stadium and Joe Robbie Stadium).
It is also possible that a slip and fall accident could happen on private property. The property owner in such cases can still be held liable. Many people have concerns about these types of cases because the property owners are often friends, family members, or neighbors. Keep in mind: A homeowners’ insurance policy typically covers such claims.
What Are Common Slip and Fall Injuries in Miami?
Some of the most common kinds of injuries among victims of Miami slip and fall accidents are:
- Fractures (broken bones)Woman falling from the stairs having back pain.
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Head or neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Pulled muscles
- Torn tendons or ligaments
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
The medical bills after a slip and fall accident can quickly pile up. Your injuries may also prevent you from being able to work or return to your former job. At Englander Peebles, we will listen closely to you and take the time to understand how your injuries have affected you physically, emotionally, and financially. We will seek compensation that fully and fairly compensates you for the harm that you have suffered. The damages that we recover on your behalf may include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Home modifications
- Travel costs for appointments and treatment
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish.
Certain cases can also result in a person suffering from fatal injuries. The family members of the deceased person may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent property owner in such cases. A wrongful death claim can seek compensation such as loss of a loved one’s support.
Call Our Miami Slip and Fall Lawyers Today
If you suffered severe injuries, or if your loved one was killed in a slip and fall accident in the Miami area, you have a right to demand just compensation for the harm that the accident has caused you. With the right legal team on your side, you could be able to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions (or inaction) and recover funds that you need to move on with your life.
The Miami slip and fall lawyers at Englander Peebles know how to get results for our clients. We will investigate your slip and fall, identify the negligent parties, and seek the maximum amount of compensation for you. Don’t wait to get help. Contact our personal injury firm now for a timely, free, and no-obligation consultation.