Taking Slip-And-Fall Cases Seriously
A slip-and-fall accident is not as minor as it may sound. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that falls are a leading cause of serious injury in the United States. Slip and falls can cause tremendous setbacks with regard to your physical and emotional well-being. They can impact your ability to work and get around. They can diminish your quality of life in a very big way.
If you are suffering because of a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries medical bills, lost income as well as pain and suffering and diminished quality of life.
Get Proven Help With Your Case
After a slip-and-fall accident, it is in your best interest to seek trusted legal help sooner rather than later. It is imperative that you file your personal injury claim before the deadline (statute of limitations) expires. The sooner you get a lawyer involved, the better your chances of obtaining a solid financial recovery.
At Charles Injury Law in Plantation, Florida, attorney Steve Charles is experienced, aggressive and prepared to fight for the maximum compensation available for your injuries. His numerous five-star reviews are evidence of the dedication he brings to every case. He is committed to pursuing the results you deserve. Call 954-613-9108 for your no-hassle, free consultation today.
Causes Of Slip-And-Fall Injuries
If you have ever slipped and fallen, you understand that it is not that difficult to do. This is truer when the walking area is littered with hazards. In our humid Florida climate, moisture and wet weather can be an added danger, creating slippery surfaces. People who are already in a vulnerable physical state – such as seniors and those with preexisting injuries or disabilities – are more prone to falls. They also tend to suffer more serious injuries as a result of such falls.
Learn more about the various causes of slip-and-fall accidents below:
- Trash or otherwise misplaced debris on the floor
- Unnaturally bright light on a floor that causes a slip and fall
- Poor lighting that negatively affects your ability to see
- Electrical cords or wiring
- Uneven floors without clearly visible warning signs
- Moped or waxed floors without safety signs
- Potholes in the parking area
- Uncleaned liquid spills
- Unsalted ice
- Lack of handrail on stairs
Frequently Asked Questions About Slip-And-Fall Accidents
Read on for answers to common questions about these accidents. If you would like guidance on your specific case, please contact attorney Steve Charles for a free consultation at 954-613-9108. He can answer your questions and provide guidance about your unique situation.
What is premises liability?
A premises liability claim is a type of personal injury case that holds property owners responsible for injuries and/or damages caused on their property due to negligent actions that cause or allow unsafe and hazardous conditions. A successful premises liability claim that involves a slip-and-fall accident will require you to prove that the property owner was negligent by not adequately addressing known hazards and/or failing to maintain their property in a manner that leads to a relatively safe environment for visitors and/or customers.
In many cases, it takes an experienced attorney to prove the merits of your case to the insurance company or court (if necessary). Though your injuries may be apparent and their effects severe, you will still need to effectively prove that the accident was the fault of the property owner and not due to your own mistakes that could have been avoided. Steve can help you build a strong case to help maximize your compensation.
Are property owners always responsible for slip and falls?
Not always. In some cases, slip-and-fall accidents are due to a person not paying attention to where they are stepping or general clumsiness. In other instances, an accident may be caused by a property owner that has acted negligently by not adequately addressing dangerous and hazardous conditions on their property. For example:
- If the property owner was not aware of a dangerous condition that led to the slip-and-fall, and shouldn’t reasonably have been expected to be aware of it, they may not be liable. Likewise, if they took reasonable steps to prevent slip and falls – such as putting up wet-floor signs or marking hazards with warning tape – they might not be liable.
- If the property owner was aware (or should have been aware) of an identifiably hazardous condition and neglected to take reasonable action to address the issue and prevent accidents, they may be held liable for the injuries that you have sustained as well as the subsequent damages that you suffer.
Every case is different. As with other aspects of slip-and-fall cases, it’s wise to talk to an attorney about the specifics of your case.
What are some common slip-and-fall injuries?
Though perhaps not as dangerous as a head-on collision, slip-and-fall accidents can still cause serious damage to victims that result in emergency room visits, expensive medical bills, a lengthy rehabilitation process and other major impacts on victims’ lives. Injuries sustained can lead to lost income, decreased quality of life and permanent disability. Listed below are common injuries attributed to slip-and-fall cases:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Sprained muscles (ankles, wrist, etc.)
- Leg and/or knee damage
- Shoulder dislocations
- Spinal cord injuries and nerve damage
- Head and brain injuries including traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Lacerations, bruises and burns (depending on the surface landed on)
If you have recently been injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence, consult with an attorney to discuss your legal options.
What should I do after a slip-and-fall injury?
Your first step should be seeking medical attention for any immediate injuries, including calling for help if necessary. If you are able, report the injury to the property owner right after it happens. If you got hurt in a store or other commercial property, talk to a manager about filing an incident report. This documentation can play a pivotal role later in supporting your case.
As soon as you can, talk to an attorney about your legal options. They can advise you on the next steps and let you know whether you have a premises liability claim. You should also follow through on all medical treatment recommendations and keep detailed records regarding the financial toll of your injuries.
Is it necessary to hire a slip-and-fall lawyer?
Dealing with an injury can be difficult enough. Doing so while navigating the legal aftermath and attempting to file a personal injury claim on your own can make your recovery process even more challenging. The injuries resulting in your slip-and-fall accident may be obvious. However, it is not always an easy feat to prove that property owners should be held liable. An attorney who is experienced with slip-and-fall cases will understand what evidence is needed, how to investigate your claim and when to play hardball with the insurance company during the negotiation process.
Get A Determined Legal Ally On Your Side
If you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury while on someone else’s property, you do not have to fight the high-powered attorneys of the insurance company alone. Give Charles Injury Law a call at 954-613-9108 to schedule your free initial consultation today. You can also contact Steve through the website. He represents injury victims statewide.