If you’re like most people, you don’t spend much time thinking about falls — that is, until you experience a bad one. Although many people associate falls with the elderly, the reality is that slips and falls happen to people of every age. Whether you’re young or old, healthy or disabled, a dangerous condition in a store, office or private home can cause a fall.
At the Schrier Law Group, we are seasoned attorneys who help people hurt in slip-, trip-and-fall accident. With offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa, we handle cases involving unsafe property conditions throughout Florida.
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Is the Property Owner Responsible?
Sometimes, a slip-and-fall accident is just that: an accident. Call it clumsiness or bad luck, slips and falls are an unfortunate fact of life. Most people have tripped over their own feet at some point in their life. One minute you’re walking along just fine, the next minute you’re on the ground. If you’re lucky, you walk away with little more than wounded pride and perhaps a bruised posterior.
In other cases, a slip-and-fall injury is caused by a property owner’s negligence. Furthermore, not all slips and falls are embarrassing but relatively harmless mishaps. These accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, from spinal cord damage to traumatic brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five falls results in a broken bone or head injury.
In Florida, owners and occupiers of land have a legal responsibility to look after their property and to take reasonable steps to make their property safe. When they know of a hazardous condition on their land or in a building they own, they also have an obligation to warn people about it. Failing to do these things exposes a landowner to liability in the event someone gets hurt on their property.
Common slip-and-fall hazards include spilled liquids, icy walkways, puddles and ripped carpet. Falls can also happen when a property owner fails to repair cracked sidewalks, potholes in parking lots or broken stair treads. People can also get hurt when a property owner fails to install proper lighting or repair a broken fence.
Falls happen a lot more than you might realize. Here are some other facts that may surprise you:
- Each year, over 700,000 Americans are hospitalized due to a fall and 2.5 million older adults visit emergency rooms each year for falls.
- Emergency rooms treat 8,000 children each day due to falls.
- Falls are the most common cause of brain injuries.
- Over 95 percent of all hip fractures happen due to falls.
- Falls cost $34 billion in medical care each year.
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If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, don’t spend another minute worrying about how you’re going to pay your medical bills, recoup your lost wages, and manage your recovery. You shouldn’t bear the burden of another person’s negligence. Call 1-800-700-7285, or complete our contact form to talk with one of our lawyers now.