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Slip and Fall Accident

Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys in Miami

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Owners of property, whether they are homeowners or business owners, have a duty in the state of Florida to keep their premises in reasonably safe condition to prevent visitors from being injured in slip and fall accidents. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you are entitled to recover the full amount of medical bills and lost earnings in the past and the future. Your spouse is entitled to recover the loss of your services and consortium.

The injuries in a slip and fall case can be devastating. Many times, injuries suffered in a slip and fall accident can be more severe than those suffered in an auto accident. It is not uncommon for a fall to cause bone fractures or torn ligaments. Many times elderly persons suffer fractured hips in falls. The lawyers and staff at Bernstein & Maryanoff have the financial resources and experience to help you pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries in a slip and fall accident. From our principal office in Miami and numerous other offices across Florida, we represent clients throughout the state.

When a person is injured in a store setting, our lawyers typically find that there was a liquid substance or a foreign object on the floor, which caused a person to slip and fall down. Slip and fall injuries are just one type of premises liability case. Others include injuries caused by:

  • A chair breaking while you are sitting in it
  • A fall caused by unsafe stairs
  • A fall caused by a pothole or other dangerous property condition
  • An injury caused by negligent security.
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In any kind of premises liability case, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to investigate quickly and preserve evidence. We have seen cases where potholes in pavement have been filled the next day, sidewalks bulldozed days later, and other unsafe conditions corrected. Under Florida law, once a property condition is made safer through a remedial measure, any evidence of that improvement is not admissible at trial. To show negligence, your lawyer needs to obtain photos of the property conditions that caused you to fall before those conditions are corrected. In the case of a transient substance on a floor such as water, the evidence will consist of your testimony describing the condition that caused you to fall. In many cases, your lawyer will need to hire an expert to evaluate the dangerous condition that caused your injury.

It is also important for you to save all evidence related to the fall. This includes shoes and clothing that may have oil or other substances from the fall. The defense may request the judge to order that your shoes or other items be inspected. You should also photograph any injury immediately after the fall and when there are any changes such as swelling or bruising. If you undergo surgery, that should be photographed as well so your lawyer can show the jury how the injury affected you.

Free consultation: There is never a charge to talk to a slip and fall injury attorney at the law firm of Bernstein & Maryanoff. With a principal office in Miami, numerous other offices across Florida, and the willingness to make house calls, our attorneys will be there when you need them. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis.

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