Slip-and-fall injuries are common. While many of these falls simply bump and bruise the victim, some can leave the victim with severe injuries that result in high medical bills and other damages. Property owners, whether they are a business owner or a homeowner, have a special responsibility to keep their property reasonably safe. This is to keep visitors from being injured in a slip-and-fall accident while on the property.
Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Wet surfaces
- Uneven surfaces
- Defective sidewalks
- Poorly constructed stairs
- Torn carpet
- Recently waxed surfaces
Slip-and-fall accidents fall under the type of law concerned with premise liability. This means that if a property owner knew about an unsafe issue on the property, like a faulty staircase, and did nothing, that person could be sued when someone is injured using it. There are specific rules property owners must follow in order to create a safe environment for visitors. For example, if someone just mopped the floor, they should place a “Caution – Wet Floor” sign to warn others so they do not walk there and slip. Failure to do so may be interpreted as negligence.
Who is Responsible For My Damages In a Slip-and-fall Accident?
Injuries sustained in a slip-and-fall accident can be serious. It is not uncommon for victims of slip-and-fall accidents to break bones or suffer other serious and potentially debilitating injuries. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you should know that you may be entitled to recover compensation for the expenses you incur as a result, including medical bills and lost earnings both in the past and the future. If the property owner failed to create a safe environment for visitors, the owner may be held liable for any resulting injuries and may be required to pay you compensation.
The team of lawyers and legal staff at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami have the resources and experience you need to help you pursue the maximum compensation for your slip-and-fall injuries. Though our principal office is located in Miami, we have numerous offices across Florida so we represent clients throughout the entire state.
We are proud to offer each client a free initial consultation. We will never charge you to tell us about your slip-and-fall injury accident. Once we know your story, our skilled attorneys can help you build a case. We are always here when you need us. Give us a call today and learn how we can help you recover compensation for your damages after a slip-and-fall accident.