South Florida Slip And Fall Accident Attorneys
A slip and fall or trip and fall is a generic term for any injury that happens when someone slips, trips, or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Slips and falls can happen in many different places, including in retail establishments (such as supermarkets or the mall), amusement parks, schools, or on the job. In some circumstances, private residences may count for slip and fall cases, depending on the ownership of the residence at the time the accident happened and the duties of the property owner. The best resource for information on whether a case is possible is to contact a slip and fall lawyer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, or fall injury and over 17,000 people die in the U.S. annually because of these injuries. Common injuries include bruising, fractures (hip, spine, leg, angle, pelvis, hand), and traumatic brain injuries. In addition soft tissue injuries may occur which, while not as clearly visible, certainly cause a great deal of discomfort and can have a long recovery time associated with them. Any experienced slip and fall accident attorney you speak to can attest to the fact that even a relatively simple-seeming incident can result in injuries that are not only serious but which require long-term treatment and rehabilitation.
Slip and falls or trip and falls often occur as a result of a slippery surface like water, a banana peel, or a grape on the floor of a store or oil in a parking lot. They can also occur due to abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, unsafe railings, or a hidden hazard such as gap or hard-to-see hole in the ground. Uneven floor surfaces and poor lighting also contribute to cases of slip and fall injuries—even if uneven floor surfaces aren’t readily visible, the property owner may be liable for injuries that occur as a result of the defect in flooring. It’s important to contact an experienced slip and fall accident attorney in the event that you are injured; our firm offers free consultations to advise you on the possibilities of your case.
If you are on someone else’s property and injure yourself as a result of a dangerous condition on the property, the land owner or business owner may be liable for your injuries; however, in order to make a claim for negligence as a result of this condition, you must generally prove that the landowner or business owner knew or should have known of the dangerous or hazardous condition and that they failed to either correct the problem to make it safe or warn others of the inherently dangerous condition.
Experienced Slip And Fall Attorneys In South Florida
Some places where slip and falls commonly occur:
- Theme Parks
- Convenience Stores
- Big Box Stores, like Walmart and Target
- Grocery Stores
Our experienced personal injury and slip and fall attorneys will help you get compensation for your pain and suffering; compensation for medical bills; help you find medical treatment; help you recover lost, present, and future job income; and help you deal with the insurance company. A knowledgeable slip and fall lawyer has the information at hand to deal with the complex systems that are involved in these cases. Every case is an individual situation, and there are no guarantees; however, it is best to work with a slip and fall attorney that has a track record and can point to the outcomes they’ve achieved in their career.
For example, our attorneys recently helped a client named Carrie Kenz who experienced a slip and fall incident at Miami International Airport in 2008. Due to changes in the law, the suit became extremely complex, and eventually became two suits—one under the law as it existed in 2002 and the other as the law had changed in 2010. It is important to work with a slip and fall accident lawyer who keeps abreast of all of the developments in the statutes regarding premises liability (and negligent security, for example) and other issues; otherwise, you could compromise your ability to receive compensation. You should also interview any potential slip and fall accident lawyer that you may work with, and only work with a personal injury attorney that you are comfortable with.
To learn more about the slip and fall statute of limitations in Florida, visit the Nolo website.
Common Questions Regarding Slip and Fall Accidents
Where do slip and fall accidents occur?
Slip and fall accidents can occur nearly anywhere. Some of the more common places include parking lots, sidewalks, shopping malls, grocery stores, playgrounds, workplaces, and schools.
What causes slip and fall accidents?
Many things can cause a slip and fall accident but some common issues are broken handrails, inadequate lighting, pavement defects, defective carpeting, holes or dents in the ground, spills or leaks, or misplaced electrical wires and cords.
If I fall on a friend’s rental property steps, who is responsible?
Depending on the circumstances, the liability may be on the renter, property owner, or even a third-party.
What should i do after a slip and fall?
After a slip and fall accident, it is important to seek medical attention for any injuries. In addition, you will want to write down the details of what happened, as well as take any pictures where possible. Then, you will want to contact a South Florida slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible to help you file a claim and receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
Contact Our Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers in South Florida
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a slip and fall or trip and fall and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact Zimmerman & Frachtman here or call (954) 509-1900 or toll free at (800) 886-LAWS. We offer free consultations and charge you only if we win your case.