Premises Liability & Slip, Trip, and Fall Attorneys
Property owners have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for guests, workers, and anyone who may be using the property. If you were injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident due to hazardous conditions at a personal residence or commercial site, you may have a personal injury case.
The Miami Injury Lawyers represent clients throughout southern Florida with their premises liability lawsuits. Accident victims can be involved in injuries at personal residences, restaurants, malls, or any number of public or private properties.
Common Slip, Trip, and Fall Injury Causes
While slip, trip, and fall injuries can happen for a multitude of reasons, they are usually caused by one of the following:
- Slippery Floors: If floors are too slippery to be walked on without risk of injury, then the owner of the property must take steps to remedy the situation or make others aware that the surface is slippery. This is why you will often see “slippery when wet” signs in commercial buildings or restaurants. This does not only apply to people mopping floors, however – icy/snowy walkways or staircases can cause serious injury, and must be either cleaned or marked appropriately
- Poor Lighting/Cluttering: If a walkway is not properly lit, or if there are several items in the way that can cause someone to trip, then the owner of the property must take action to fix it.
- Improper Signage: As mentioned in the above examples, if a property owner is aware of an unsafe condition and does not properly display the issue, then they may be liable to be sued for injuries sustained due to the unsafe condition.
Common Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries
Slip, trip, and fall injuries range from mild sprains and bruises to more severe injuries, like concussions or spinal cord injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries resulting from slip, trip, and fall accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries: Since slip, trip, and fall accidents are often sudden, and can involve falling onto the floor from a standing position, they can result in serious spinal cord injury. This is especially true when the injured person is elderly, falls from a high height, or has a history of spinal cord injuries. The injuries can range from mild (muscle strain, misalignment) to severe (herniated disks, paraplegia).
- Bruises/Fractures: While they are often not as damaging as car accidents or motorcycle accidents, slip and fall injuries can cause injuries that are not only painful, but affect your everyday life. Breaking an arm or leg can change every facet of your everyday life, especially if you need periodical medical treatment of the injured area. Bruises, on the other hand, are generally not as serious, but can have the same consequence of making everyday activities far less enjoyable and hard to do.
What To Do After A Slip, Trip, or Fall Accident
We understand that it can be a somewhat embarrassing situation when you slip or fall on public property, especially if you have been injured by it. While it is tempting to try to leave the scene to avoid embarrassment, if you have been injured, the most important thing to do is stay where you are and seek medical attention. If you are able, try to get contact information from a few witnesses who were present during your accident – they can help verify that there were unsafe conditions at the time of your accident.
Once you have received the medical attention you need and talked to some witnesses (if possible), it is important that you talk to a lawyer about your case as soon as possible. When property owners see that someone was injured on their property, they are much more likely to make repairs or fix the conditions before the injured person has a chance to prove that their injury was a result of those poor conditions. If you call us to represent your case, we will make sure to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation to make sure that you are not taken advantage of by property owners.
In addition, if your injury happened on city, town, or village property, you must file a claim in writing soon after your accident – this is the kind of thing an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you with as you get your case started. If you wait too long, you may get much less compensation than you originally could have (or even get none).
Premises liability claims involve an in-depth knowledge of the personal injury laws of your area. A dedicated personal injury law firm like The Miami Injury Lawyers can make sure that every aspect of your case is in order – from notices of claims all the way to medical examinations and accident reconstruction.
Don’t trust your case with just any law firm – contact The Miami Injury Lawyers today.