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.
What are some common causes of Slip & 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
- Misplaced electrical wires and cords
- Falling Merchandise
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
- Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
- Construction Sites
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 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.
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. We offer free consultations and charge you only if we win your case.
Slip & Fall Accident FAQs
Categories of Compensation:
Pain and suffering is always a part of a slip and fall case, but there are other categories of damages that an attorney will need to calculate. Wage losses that occur as a result of missing work after the accident are considered damages. An attorney will also add future earnings losses if they apply because a victim may be unable to perform their prior job responsibilities. Past and future medical expenses are often very expensive and must be calculated into the compensation amount.
Victim Contribution/Comparative Neglignce in the Slip and Fall Accident
A person that falls sometimes must accept partial responsibility for the accident to some degree, but this is unique in every single case. The defendant may claim that a victim was wearing unsafe shoes or failed to pay attention to an obstacle in their walking path. If a jury feels that the individual's negligence did contribute to their fall, the amount of compensation recovered would be accordingly decreased.
Slip and Fall Damages Can be Enormous
An injured victim that is unable to return to work due to a permanent disability caused by the incident is going to need significant financial help to overcome these changes. Similarly, if the victim requires future medical care over the remainder of their life, this must be factored into any settlement.
Giving value to a case is all about the details, especially when it comes to calculating the pain and suffering of a victim. There are no legal guidelines for determining these amounts, so a caring attorney will often take the time to consider the impact on the life of each individual plaintiff. Most slip and fall cases are settled before going to court. The attorney fighting for compensation will rely on combining economic damages with damages for past and future physical pain and mental suffering.