Your Safety Should Have Been Priority
Slip and fall is a legal term used to describe when a person slips, trips, or falls on another person’s property. Slip and fall claims fit under a broader category, premises liability, wherein a property owner may be held responsible for the injuries a person suffered while on the owner’s premises.
If you were injured in a slip and fall, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages, including current and future medical costs, and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
Contact a skilled South Florida slip and fall attorney from Weinstein Legal to get the help you need to recover compensation. With complete knowledge of premises liability laws and an impressive track record of success, we are ready to help you.
Causes of a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes, a person may quickly slip and resume their balance before falling.
- Poorly lit areas
- Dangerous stairs
- Slippery floors
- Uneven pavement
- A change in flooring surface
- Unsecured carpeting
- Cracked tiles or sidewalks
These dangerous conditions can contribute to causing a fall. Property owners are expected to correct dangerous conditions or warn visitors of these conditions, such as setting out a caution sign when floors are wet.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Though some slip and falls may not result in injuries, some can result in serious injuries requiring medical care and rehabilitation. Some common injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back sprains/strains
- Herniated discs
- Knee injuries
Though anyone can be injured in a slip and fall, seniors and young children are more susceptible to serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 falls cause a serious injury among Americans over the age of 65.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
In a slip and fall case, courts may find the property owner liable if they created the situation that led to the accident or knew about the dangerous condition and failed to repair it. In some cases, they may still find the property owner responsible if they did not know about the dangerous condition, but the condition had existed on the property for an extended period of time and the owner should have known about it. Under the law, both public and private property owners must keep their properties safe. These types of claims may be filed against homeowners, stores, restaurants and even government entities. Slip and fall cases can be very complex, which is why it is important to contact a slip and fall lawyer.
How a Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help You
When you contact Weinstein Legal to hire an effective South Florida slip and fall lawyer, our law firm will get to work on your claim right away. A slip and fall lawyer will gather all the facts of your slip and fall accident, contact witnesses, obtain security video footage if available, gather your medical documents, and establish that the property owner knew or should have known of the hazard. As a personal injury lawyer serving all of South Florida, including Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Weinstein Legal will fight for your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.