Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Representing Injured Victims in Pursuit of Compensation in Miami, Florida
Have you ever slipped on an icy sidewalk or a wet floor? Ever tripped over loose wooden floorboards? Or have you ever slipped at your workplace because of poor or dangerous working conditions? If any of these accidents resulted in a personal injury, you might be entitled to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and the pain and suffering you have endured.
In order for your slip-and-fall case to successfully recover a fair settlement, it is important that you be able to show that negligence or recklessness led to the accident happening. For example, a property owner who does not properly address or warn visitors of a hazardous condition on their property may be held accountable via a premises liability claim because the owner’s negligence was the direct cause of allowing someone to be hurt. Similarly, on public property, such as a public park, if a government entity knows that there are hazards that present a threat to anyone who visits the park, the city or state may potentially be held accountable via slip-and-fall lawsuits.
However, fall accident victims do not have an easy path to recovering compensation for their injuries. Many people brush aside slip and fall accidents as though the fall victims were somehow to blame as if their own clumsy behavior was the cause of their injuries. Additionally, when bringing fall accident liability claims against a property owner or government entity, the injured victim is likely to find that the owner’s legal teams outmatch them, making it challenging to bring their case to a satisfying conclusion. For this reason, many fall injury victims may opt to take whatever pitiable settlements that an insurance company offers them and accept that it is the best that they can do.
But you can do better.
By working with a slip-and-fall attorney experienced in arguing personal injury cases like yours, you can craft a case capable of recovering a more substantial settlement. Your lawyer will examine all the details relevant to your accident, including the condition of the property at the time of the injury, whether any reports had been made about the dangerous condition of the property, how long the property owner had to address the hazard and the severity of the accident victim’s medical condition.
At Mausner Graham Injury Law PLLC, our attorneys are well-versed in Florida’s personal injury laws. We pride ourselves in providing compassionate legal representation to injured accident victims seeking justice for damage done.
Schedule a free case evaluation with a legal team member to discuss your slip-and-fall injury claim today.
What Are Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Every personal injury case is unique, no matter how frequent certain trends lead us to believe that there are common certainties at work. A slip or a trip and fall accident case has the constant element of a victim losing their footing and taking a tumble, resulting in injury. However, the cause of that fall and the severity of the impact can vary wildly.
Frequently seen causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Broken sidewalks
- Damaged playground equipment
- Defective construction equipment
- Elevators in need of repair
- Equipment and tools left on a path
- Falls from heights
- Faulty escalators
- Hoses left in walkways
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate security
- Loose floorboards
- Missing or broken railings
- Poorly maintained parking lots
- Property damage
- Snow and ice
- Stairways that have come into disrepair
- Toxic spills
- Uneven walkways and unexpected drops
- Wet floors
- Wires blocking walkways
Schedule your free case review to discuss the causes of your slip-and-fall accident with our accomplished personal injury attorneys.
What Types of Injuries Are Often Seen in Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip-and-fall injuries can vary depending on the speed at which the victim was moving, their weight, their age, and the solidity of the surface they fell upon. Basically, there is almost no limit to the variables which can impact how badly a person could be hurt from an accidental fall.
Common physical damage done to victims of a slip or trip and fall accident includes:
- Broken bones
- Fractured ribs, sometimes resulting in punctured lungs
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Neck and head injuries
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Wrongful death
Who or What May Be Held Liable for a Slip or Trip and Fall Accident?
If the slip and fall occurred on someone else’s property, whether it was public or private property, the injured victim may have the legal right to pursue financial compensation. Slip-and-fall accidents share a lot of the same legal territory as both personal injury cases and premises liability lawsuits. A slip-and-fall lawyer at our law firm would be able to better help you determine the potential for your case.
Generally speaking, however, any lawful visitors, workers, and guests of public or private property are owed a certain level of care by the property owner and their managerial staff. Suppose store managers, apartment building landlords, and business owners do not warn people of the threat of dangerous conditions or take immediate steps to remedy the problems. In that case, they may be considered to be in breach of their commitment to visitor safety.
This commitment to safety and caution typically only extends to those who are welcomed to the property or otherwise lawfully permitted to be there. Trespassers of adult age are not afforded the same level of care. If a hazard injures a trespasser on a piece of property, the property’s owner is not necessarily automatically held liable. However, the property owners must not go to the extent of intentionally creating situations that may bring harm to a trespasser. Intentional bodily harm is heavily frowned upon, regardless of the legal status of the outsider visiting the property.
What Damages Could Be Recovered with a Well-Constructed Slip and Fall Claim?
If the insurance companies do not offer you adequate compensation for your injury, then it may be time to file a lawsuit. As your attorneys, we will do everything within our power to pursue maximum compensation for your case.
Economic damages that you may recover include:
- Ambulance care and emergency medical aid
- Costs for long-term, ongoing medical treatment
- Future lost income
- Lost benefits
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Modifications made to the home to accommodate new disabilities
- Physical therapy expenses
- Psychological therapy bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
Non-economic damages you may receive in a settlement include:
- Emotional distress
- Lost companionship
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Reduced quality of life
Schedule a Free Consultation with Experienced Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Today
Most of us will slip or trip and fall at multiple points in our lives. With any luck, these falls will not result in serious, permanent injuries. And, most likely, these accidents will occur at your own place of residence, where there may be no one to blame but yourself and Lady Luck. However, in the instances where someone else’s negligence was directly to blame for the accident, and the fall resulted in severe injuries, you should not be the ones responsible for paying off the costly medical bills and suffering the financial burden of lost wages if you’re forced to miss work.
Our attorneys would be proud to represent you in your pursuit of something better.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a wrongful death, you should be allowed time to recover and mourn the life you used to have. This is not the time for you to learn how to navigate the Florida legal system. Allow us to assist you. Our attorneys have a solid record of accomplishment and are well-versed in state laws relevant to personal injury cases such as yours.
Our law offices work on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only owe us something in legal fees if we are successful in recovering a financial settlement for your case. Additionally, our firm offers a free consultation to prospective new clients.
Mausner Graham Injury Law is based out of Miami-Dade County, but we have represented accident victims all across the beautiful Sunshine State. To schedule your free case review with a legal team member, please call us at 305-344-4878.