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Every year in the United States, millions of individuals are injured in slip and fall accidents. Injuries caused by falls are now the leading cause of accidental injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, fall accidents now represent over 8 million emergency room visits, resulting in estimated costs of between $13 to $14 million annually. In the U.S., one out of every three individuals over the age of 65 will experience a fall accident. Especially when these accidents involve older adults, they can cause serious injuries and, sometimes, fatalities.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Miami, you should get the advice of a skilled Miami slip and fall lawyer. While these slips and falls may sound minor, they are frequently very serious. Unfortunately, proving fault and negligence in a slip and fall case can be extremely difficult in Miami. At Charlip Law Group, injury lawyer David H. Charlip and our skilled team of Miami lawyers help you get compensated for your injuries so you can heal and go on with your life.

Contact us today at (305) 354-9313 to speak with our experienced injury attorneys about your Miami personal injury case.

Why You Should Get Experienced Legal Assistance After a Slip and Fall Accident in Miami

When you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it will be very obvious to you what caused the accident. But as in all personal injury claims, what may seem obvious to you may not be as simple as it seems.

Slip and fall accidents can be particularly complicated. Furthermore, the involved insurance company will usually go out of their way to try to prove that their policyholder is not liable, often pointing blame back at the victim. While having a Miami slip and fall lawyer is not required to pursue a claim, it has been reported by the American Bar Association that victims who represent themselves in an injury claim are at a serious disadvantage.

Slip and fall attorney David H. Charlip and our team of skilled Miami slip and fall attorneys at Charlip Law Group understand what is required to prove a slip and fall case and know how the insurance industry makes it very difficult to do so. We work diligently on your behalf to ensure that you get the best possible compensation for your injuries.

To schedule a consultation with our Miami attorneys about your slip and fall injury and personal injury case, call (305) 354-9313 today.

Where Can Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere where people walk and congregate. They can happen nearly anywhere, including:

If you were injured on another party’s property, whether a business, municipality or private property, the owner of that property may be held liable for your injuries. It is imperative to contact a skilled Miami slip and fall lawyer to understand if you have a valid claim and to start the ball rolling to get you compensated for your injuries.

At Charlip Law Group, slip and fall attorney David H. Charlip and our team of personal injury lawyers understand how overwhelming it is to deal with insurance companies when it comes to receiving compensation. Our skilled attorneys will work hard to fight for your rights and ensure that you are compensated correctly according to what you need and what you deserve. We are ready to help you with your case.

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What are the Laws Concerning Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida?

Miami slip and fall accidents fall under Florida’s common and legislative premises liability laws. Under our laws, the owner or tenant of a property has the responsibility for keeping the property or premises reasonably free of hazards. In Florida, property and business owners also have a legal responsibility to train their employees to keep the business safe and deter crime. This can include having security cameras in place or well-lit parking lots to ensure that individuals who come to the business are safe from harm coming to or leaving the premises. 

If they have failed to do so, they may be held liable for any injuries and damages that result. Depending on the designation of the injured party, the property owner has certain distinct responsibilities under a personal injury claim.

Under Florida Law, any visitor who has been invited onto a property for social or business purposes is considered an invitee. This can include shoppers, visitors to commercial office buildings, visitors to public places, or even social guests. The premises owner or tenant is responsible for keeping the property free from hazards, so invitees are not injured while on the property. 

Anyone who is on a property for purposes that directly benefit him or her is considered a licensee. A property owner must still protect anyone who is considered a licensee from hazards and potential injuries on that property.

Anyone who enters a property unlawfully or without permission is considered a trespasser. But even trespassers are afforded some level of protection from dangerous hazards. A property owner still has legal responsibilities to:

  • Post notices of any dangerous conditions
  • Keep their property in a reasonably safe condition
  • Post “no trespassing” signs to indicate private property
  • Post other signs designating a possibly dangerous condition
  • Not intentionally or unintentionally create or allow a hazardous condition on their premises

Miami slip and fall accidents can lead to different kinds of injuries ranging from minor to severe. It is important to seek the help of a fall accident lawyer if you or someone you love has been hurt. A slip and fall lawyer may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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How Premises Liability Affects Children

The exception to the trespasser rule is when children are harmed on someone’s property. Children are unable to make adult decisions and distinguish between a safe setting or a possible hazard. Even if a child has come onto a property uninvited, the property owner may be held liable for any injuries that result.

Older Adults and Slip and Fall Accidents

Our state is home to the highest percentage of seniors in the country, at 21 percent. The National Safety Council has reported that falls are the leading cause of injuries to older adults, with millions of elderly fall victims seen each year in emergency rooms across the country.

Slip and fall accidents affecting older adults can cause very serious injuries, often requiring surgery and hospitalization. Because seniors often suffer other medical conditions, they are more susceptible to developing other complications and often require a more prolonged recovery after a slip and fall accident.

Nursing homes and retirement communities can be held liable when an elderly resident has suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident. This can leave administrators, owners, and managers liable. But unfortunately, insurance companies make it extremely difficult for older adults to realize fair compensation after a slip and fall accident. If an older loved one has suffered a slip and fall accident in a nursing home or retirement community, it is critical to get the help of the Miami lawyers at Charlip Law Group.

To schedule a consultation with our injury attorneys about your case, call (305) 354-9313.

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How to Prove Negligence in a Slip and Fall Claim in Florida

Proving negligence in a slip and fall case can be complicated. In Florida, an accident victim must prove certain things to prevail in an injury case. To prove negligence requires the proof of each of the following elements.

In Florida, you must prove that the property owner knew about the hazard, had time to remedy it or warn others about it, and did not. As a result, you were injured and sustained damages.

While many falls can be mere accidents, many are the result of the property owner’s or tenant’s negligence. Injuries caused by negligence are avoidable and the owner can be held liable for any accidents and injuries that result.

Common causes of slip and fall injuries can include:

  • Flooring that is slippery due to spills, cleaning supplies, and lack of maintenance –  Any property owner has a legal responsibility to keep their visitors safe from harm. 
  • Unsecured flooring, rugs, carpets – Flooring that is unsecured or improperly maintained can present a safety hazard for anyone in the vicinity. The owner is responsible for keeping the flooring and walking surfaces safe for anyone who uses the property. 
  • Uneven floor transitions – A change in depth or type of flooring that is unexpected or unmarked can result in safety issues and lead to serious slip and fall injuries. 
  • Improperly maintained sidewalks, parking lots, or other walkways – Most sidewalks in Florida are part of the public domain and are typically the city, county, or state’s responsibility to maintain them. In some localities, however, depending on the property, it will be the owner of the adjacent property who is responsible. If a property owner alters a walkway in any way, it could mean added liability for that owner. Seeking compensation from a government entity can be particularly complicated. Having a Miami slip and fall lawyer on your side can be critical to getting fairly compensated for your injuries.
  • Inadequate lighting – Well-traveled areas, walkways, and parking lots that are not properly or adequately lighted can result in missteps causing accidents and injuries. They can also pose a security risk. 
  • Broken stairways, handrails, and inadequately maintained stairwells can present safety problems for those who must use them.
  • Clutter and debris – Clutter and debris that has accumulated in an area used by others can be safety hazards for those who navigate the area.
  • Lack of barriers and warning signs – Sometimes, hazards are unavoidable. But in these cases, a property owner or tenant is responsible for constructing barriers or other signage to warn others about the possible dangers so they can exercise caution. 

In many slip and fall cases, negligence is the reason for these accidents and the owner of the property is legally liable for any accidents that result. If you suspect that negligence was a factor in your accident and injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages. The Miami slip and fall lawyers at Charlip Law Group can help you recover the compensation you deserve so you can heal. 

Slip and fall injuries can range from minor to life-challenging. Regardless of how or where you fell, hitting the floor or ground abruptly can result in serious injuries. Common injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident include:

  • Broken bones – Slip and fall accidents commonly cause broken bones, with the elderly particularly vulnerable to serious bone fractures. Depending on how the fall happened, these can affect the hips, upper and lower extremities, ribs, shoulders, and collarbone and can require long-term treatment and recovery.
  • Cuts and lacerations – Falling on glass, debris, or other sharp objects can result in serious cuts and lacerations, sometimes causing scarring or long-term damage.
  • Spinal cord injuries – Serious spinal cord injuries can result from fall accidents that affect the vertebrae, discs, and nerves. Effects of a spinal cord injury can vary widely and may even result in limited mobility or paralysis.
  • Neck injuries – Neck injuries may result from damage to the spinal cord or muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck. One of the most common injuries in personal injury is “whiplash” which refers to a condition where the upper spinal cord and soft tissue of the neck are injured because of sudden and abrupt movement. Whiplash is not just something that can affect car accident victims.
  • Concussions – A milder form of traumatic brain injury, a concussion can happen when the head collides with the ground or hard surface.
  • Other traumatic brain injuries – Many other types of traumatic brain injuries can vary in severity and intensity.
  • Facial injuries – Falling and hitting a hard object or surface can result in serious cuts, broken teeth, jaw fractures, and eye injuries.
  • Chronic pain – Much injured slip and fall accident victims can go on to live with debilitating chronic pain for years.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Miami due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Charlip Law Group, our skilled team of Miami lawyers will fight for your rights to compensation and ensure your best interests throughout the case.

Call us today at (305) 354-9313 to speak with our experienced Miami and Florida attorneys.

Another important aspect of a slip and fall case is comparative negligence or the concept that you may have shared fault for the accident. If the property owner can prove comparative negligence, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage that you shared fault for the accident.

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When you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Miami, you shouldn’t face a claim on your own. At Charlip Law Group, experienced fall accident attorney David H. Charlip and our Miami personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge to hold the negligent party liable for your injuries and seek the compensation you deserve so you can heal and move on.

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