Miami Slip & Fall Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common accident types. Indeed, one would be challenged to find someone who hasn’t slipped and fallen at least once in their life, if not on multiple occasions. But most slip and fall accidents aren’t very serious, leaving the affected person with nothing more than a little soreness, or perhaps a bruise or scrape.
When a slip and fall is more serious, the victim can be severely harmed. At the law office of Jacobs Legal, our Miami slip & fall lawyers have represented those who have been significantly impaired by slip and falls, and can represent you if you’ve been hurt.
Injuries from a Serious Slip and Fall
The severity of the slip and fall depends on many factors, including the height from which the victim falls, the surface on which the fall occurs, the angle of the fall, whether or not any objects are involved in the fall (i.e. an object falls on top of the victim), and the victim’s own health and resiliency. With these factors in mind, some potentially serious repercussions from a slip and fall include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Back and neck injuries;
- Bone fracture injuries (fractured hips, elbows and clavicles are especially common);
- Internal injuries; and
- Soft tissue injuries.
Sometimes, falls are serious enough that they result in death. Indeed, elderly people are especially vulnerable to fall-related complications that are ultimately fatal.
Hazards that Lead to Slip and Falls
Clumsiness may be one of the most common reasons that people slip, trip, or fall, but it is not usually the one that is involved in the most serious of slip and fall cases. Instead, serious slip and fall accidents are often the result of hazardous conditions. Hazards that lead to slip and falls include:
- Broken stairs;
- Torn carpet;
- Slipper walking areas;
- Spills of food, drink, and other substances;
- Potholes or depressions in walking areas;
- Objects in walking areas;
- Loose wires;
- Improper scaffolding;
- Broken elevators and escalators; and
Who’s Responsible for a Slip and Fall?
If a slip and fall is the result of a hazard on another person’s property, the property owner may be held liable if:
- The property owner knew or should have known of the hazard; and
- Failed to remedy the hazard within a reasonable amount of time.
Liability is based on the fact that property owners have a duty to all those who enter their property, with the exception of trespassers, to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition. This duty extends to both private property owners, government entities, non-profits and organizations, and commercial property owners.
Let Our Team Help You Recover Damages
Being seriously injured in a slip and fall accident can be startling. If your slip and fall happened on another’s property and you think that it would not have occurred but for the property owner’s failure to exercise the proper degree of care, you may have a claim. To learn more about your rights and the slip and fall accident claims process, please call our Miami slip and fall lawyers at the office of Jacobs Law today for your free consultation.