Slip and fall accidents on stairs can cause serious injuries. Stairways come with inherent dangers that are usually not present on level surfaces. While sometimes the hazards may be obvious, in other cases they may be harder to detect. Property owners can be liable for stair accidents just like slip and falls in other locations…. Read More
A slip-and-fall accident is a common form of property owner liability. It happens when an unsafe condition on a property causes someone to fall down and hurt themselves. But not just any fall will qualify for compensation.
This page details some of the intricacies of this area of personal injury law. Florida has a comparative negligence standard for personal injury cases. This means that the amount you can receive can be reduced depending on how much the courts think the accident was your fault.
Shoes are a possible example of this. If you’re wearing unsafe footwear, that could contribute to your fall and reduce the amount of money you get. There are several studies about this on the page. Other causes can include unsafe or negligent behavior. If you trip while you’re texting and walking, it could be argued that you weren’t paying enough attention to what was happening before you slipped.
On the other hand, there are more clear-cut cases. A wet floor, debris on the ground, a loose railing, or something else that shows a lack of care to the property can cause someone to slip. Slip-and-fall injuries can cause life-long problems with mobility depending on the circumstances.
If you fell down and hurt yourself on someone’s property, don’t immediately think it was all your fault. Talk to a personal injury attorney first to get the real answers. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit that could pay for your medical bills. If you live in Florida, the team to call is the personal injury team at Chalik Law.
Hoverboards have become increasingly popular, but many people are unaware of how dangerous the self-balancing scooters can be. Florida hospitals have seen a spike in the number of adults and children in emergency rooms due to hoverboard injuries over the past holiday season. Besides posing a fire hazard, the two-wheeled electric scooter also puts users… Read More
With a baby on board, pregnant women may find it more difficult to maintain balance and be surefooted. Pregnancy brings with it many bodily changes like a shift in the center of gravity, weight gain, a protruding belly, dizziness and loosening of ligaments. As a result, expectant mothers may be prone to falls. While there… Read More
Recent research suggests step training and exercises for improving balance may help prevent seniors from slipping and falling. People over the age of 65 are particularly at risk for sustaining serious injuries from such accidents. A Yale University study has found that exercising can help older men significantly reduce their risk of dangerous falls. The… Read More
Footwear can play an important role in slip and fall lawsuits. Florida’s liability system is based on comparative negligence, which means a jury can reduce an award by the extent the victim is deemed responsible for causing their injuries. While wearing certain types of footwear does not automatically make someone negligent, the defendant in a… Read More
In an effort to tackle the large number of slip and fall accidents reported in Palm Beach County, Florida, officials announced three senior health fairs in January. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said 87 percent of the 911 calls they received in 2015 were regarding medical emergencies. The most common calls they responded to involved… Read More
University of Pittsburgh researchers received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to develop techniques for predicting the wear rate of footwear in order to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. The study is titled “Impact of Worn Shoes on Slipping.” The university’s Swanson School of Engineering… Read More
How to Document Your Slip and Fall Injury After a slip-and-fall accident in a Florida grocery store, you need to remember some do’s and don’ts in order to protect your rights. Take a Picture of the Scene First, document your slip-and-fall accident. You may not have a pen and pencil with you, but you more… Read More
A Miami, Florida, woman was assigned 90 percent of the blame in a slip-and-fall lawsuit filed against Target Corp. in January 2014. Elvia Hernandez claimed she fell at a Target store in Miami after slipping on a “liquid or other similar foreign substance on the floor of the main aisle,” according to court documents. The… Read More
A Kentucky woman has filed a negligence lawsuit against Trump International Beach Resort luxury golf resort near Miami, Florida, claiming she was injured after falling in the pool area of the property. The slip and fall lawsuit was filed in a Miami-Dade County circuit court against Trump National Doral Miami, where the plaintiff was vacationing…. Read More
If a dangerous condition on someone else’s property caused you to slip and fall, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries through a lawsuit. Many people in this situation wonder whether they are still entitled to compensation even if they were partly at fault for their own injury. A slip and fall… Read More
Tiger Woods is facing a slip-and-fall case filed by one of his former security guards, John Davis, who is also a retired police officer. While guarding Woods’ mansion in Jupiter Island, Florida on December 23, 2010, Davis slipped and fell on a marble walkway. As a result of the fall, Davis, who resides in Miami,… Read More
Fall accidents send roughly 8.9 million people to the emergency room each year, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). As one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries, it’s important for everyone to know where the dangers lie and take the simple yet necessary precautions to prevent injuries. Common Places for Slip and Fall… Read More
Slip and fall accidents often lead to more than bruised egos. The National Safety Council reports that 8.9 million emergency room visits are made annually as a result of slip and fall accidents, which could involve injuries ranging from mild to catastrophic. In some cases, the injured party may be able to recover compensation from… Read More
Florida slip and fall accidents happen on a continual basis in a wide range of scary scenarios. These accidents account for over one million injuries every year in the U.S., while approximately 17,000 people die from their injuries. A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can happen in a wide variety of places… Read More
Workers get injured due to fall accidents every year. Unfortunately, these slip and fall injuries account for economical loss, pain and suffering, and even death in some cases. Because most of these injuries are generally preventable, workers need to learn how to identify trouble areas at the workplace and report any hazards to their employers…. Read More
Banana Peel Slip and Fall Cases are the Real Deal If you’ve read comic books or seen cartoon shows, you’ve probably seen a character in one of these farces slip and fall on a banana peel. The reality is that this actually does happen, resulting in some serious injuries. Personal injury lawsuits, though easily… Read More
As Fort Myers personal injury attorneys, we have represented victims of premises liability accidents in Florida for a number of injuries. While head injuries can be some of the most serious injuries that victims of falls may suffer from, joint injuries are often the most common. Shoulder injuries from slip and fall accidents in South… Read More
When you go to a restaurant to eat, you often don’t think about the dangers that restaurants present. You are often hungry and want to get to your seat as fast as possible, and you may not be looking for dangerous flooring conditions, such as uneven ground, ripped or torn carpet, and spilled liquid. In… Read More