Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Lawyers
One minute you’re shopping at your local grocery store in Fort Lauderdale, the next you’re on your back with a broken hip and a concussion. What happened? An unsafe property hazard that someone could have – and should have – prevented. If you recently sustained injuries in a slip, trip, or fall accident in Fort Lauderdale, know that someone may be responsible for paying your medical costs and other physical, personal, and financial losses.Our Fort Lauderdale slip and fall injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik can help you pursue damages in slip and fall accidents.
Slip and fall accidents are often associated with wintery weather, snow, and ice. But these cases are a surprisingly common occurrence in sunny locales too, including Fort Myers and elsewhere in Florida. Many slip and fall accidents can be attributed to a property owner or manager’s negligence or carelessness. Injuries can include everything from sprained ankles to serious head trauma or paralysis.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
At the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik, we’ve handled hundreds of premises liability claims throughout Florida. We’ve won million-dollar settlements for our past clients with rigorous legal representation in and out of the courtroom. Our team of Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers wants to help you fight for justice against a negligent property owner or other party that caused your slip and fall. You could recover for your medical bills, pain and suffering, missed time at work, and other fall-related damages with help from a legal settlement or win. Call our office today for a free, no obligation consultation.
Below is a guide to understanding how slip and falls occur, why they typically signal negligence and what a victim can do to protect his or her rights to compensation.
How Slip and Fall Accidents Occur
A slip and fall accident occurs when a victim loses traction while walking (owing to a hazard such as water, oil, ice, liquid, fabric) and literally falls.
A slip and fall victim will most often fall backward. This can result in injuries such as:
- broken bones (including, but not limited to, fractures of the arms, legs, wrists, hands, ankles, feet, pelvis or hips)
- traumatic brain injury
- spinal trauma
- herniated disc;
- neck injury
Slip and fall injuries – particularly hip fractures – can be especially dangerous and even fatal for elderly victims.
Why Slip and Fall Accidents Typically Signal Negligence
Slip and fall accidents are prosecuted as premises liability claims. This is because property and business owners are legally obligated to maintain reasonably safe premises. This includes minimizing hazards that lead to slip and fall accidents. A slip and fall accident often is the result of an owner or property manager’s negligence.
Examples of negligence and liability include failing to:
- perform routine maintenance, such as fixing a leaky pipe that drips onto a floor, creating a slip hazard;
- install high-traction flooring;
- mop up or otherwise remove spilled liquids; and
- warn the public of a slip and fall hazard.
A Fort Lauderdale slip and fall attorney can help determine if negligence played a role in a slip and fall accident and identify all financially liable parties.
What a Slip and Fall Victim Can Do to Protect His or Her Rights
A slip and fall injury victim may have the right to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim or lawsuit and damages may include:
- medical expenses (including the cost of all medical tests and procedures deemed medically necessary in connection with an accident injury);
- lost income (a claim may cover a portion of lost wages and the loss of future income in connection with the injury);
- other accident-related expenses (such as transportation, home healthcare and housekeeping);
- pain and suffering (to account for the negative impact of the accident on a victim’s day-to-day life); and
- wrongful death damages (available to qualified family members in the event of a fatal accident).
Hiring a lawyer is an important first step in protecting your right to compensation. Learn about your options by contacting the attorneys at Chalik & Chalik. Call (954) 476-1000 or contact us via our online form.
Fort Lauderdale Slip/Fall Laws
Unintentional falls are the number one cause of injury-related death in Florida residents 65 and older. Every year, thousands of Floridians die in fall incidents, and tens of thousands more go to hospitals for non-fatal fall injuries. A slip and fall can result in damages from broken bones to brain and spinal cord injuries, depending on the setting. A fall from the top of a staircase, for example, could be deadly. Property owners and leasers owe duties of care to visitors to prevent these accidents from occurring. These responsibilities include:
- Repairing known hazards, such as faulty staircases, elevator/escalator issues, loose carpeting, an uneven curb, icy parking lot, or a wet/oily floor. Property owners must repair known issues in a timely manner, so as to avoid related injuries to unsuspecting visitors.
- Searching for unknown hazards. When visitors are “invitees,” such as customers at a store, property owners must also reasonably search for and repair unknown hazards. For example, a property owner should schedule regular maintenance on plumbing systems to prevent leaks and wet floors in bathrooms.
- Warn of existing property hazards. Some areas are inherently dangerous, such as pool decks. Property owners should post warning signs such as “Caution: Slippery When Wet,” or “Wet Floors” as necessary to notify guests of a known or foreseeable property hazard. Otherwise, property visitors would have no way of reasonably seeing or predicting the hazard.
To find a property owner guilty of negligence in a slip and fall case, the courts must rule a “reasonable and prudent” person would have done something different in the same circumstances. For example, say the plaintiff suffered injuries because of a freshly waxed floor at a shopping mall. In this case, the plaintiff would need to prove the property owner’s negligence, such as failing to post a warning sign. The courts must rule that the property owner should have done something to prevent the harm.