Slip and Fall Lawyer Serving Coral Springs
Coral Springs, Florida is a location that is noted for its exceptionally pleasant weather and bright, sunny skies. The “Our Town” Festival is a family-oriented yearly attraction which features car shows, beauty pageants and other forms of family entertainment. In 2010, a census estimated more than 121,000 residents in Coral Springs. Tourists and residents alike are also attracted to Coral Springs Center for the Arts, where they can be entertained by Broadway shows and other productions. However, in addition to the attractions, there can also be the unfortunate episodes that are associated with slip and fall injuries due to another party’s negligence.
According to a report by the Florida Health Department, 61% of slip and fall injuries resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury before leading to death. A staggering 32% of trip and fall injuries resulted in a Hip Fracture followed by extensive medical treatment.
Most adults can't remember back to a time in which a slip and fall injury was a common occurrence during childhood. Needless to say, children tend to lack the same level of balance as adults do. Combine that with the distractions of the play yard and it’s easy to see how these accidents can happen. Fortunately, though, these occasions usually only end up with a minor cut or bruise due to the flexibility of small children and the fact that they’re somewhat low to the ground. However, this doesn’t usually apply to adults.
One of the primary differences between adults (especially older adults) and children is the fact that adults tend to have diminished levels of calcium in their bones as they age. This means that broken bones are more likely when they slip and fall. Other types of slip and fall injuries that are commonly found in Coral Springs include; lacerations, muscle pulls and spinal damage. While many slip and fall accidents are really no one’s fault, there are times in which these accidents are the result of negligence on the part of another individual. If this should happen to be the case, then it may be a good idea to seek the services of a slip and fall lawyer serving Coral Springs, who can assist you in finding out just what options are available when it comes to obtaining compensation for damages suffered as the result of such an accident.Who Is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident?
There are occasions where a slip and fall accident may lead to a serious injury. The resulting medical expenses can lead to a great deal of hardship due to the financial stress that they cause. But it may not be necessary to use up your family’s savings in order to pay for an injured person’s medical expenses. The responsible party should be the one responsible to compensate you for any financial and possible traumatic issues that have come about as a result of this occurrence.
So, at this point, the question is; “How can the responsible party be identified in a Coral Springs slip and fall accident? Well, the responsible individual’s roles, of course, can be different in each situation. It’s possible that the property owners may be held liable for the accident. But in other cases, this may not be the case.
Generally speaking, those who have direct control over the accident scene’s environment are usually considered to be at fault when it comes to a slip and fall accident. For example, one of the typical responsibilities of a commercial building manager is to ensure that the building’s floors are kept clear of any hazards that might lead to an accident. If it has been determined that a building manager was aware of a potential hazard and failed to take care of the problem within a reasonable amount of time, then they could potentially be liable.
Property owners in Florida have an obligation to keep their premises safe and secure. They have are legally required to fix any hazards on their property and make sure that guests are adequately warned of any dangers. They also have an obligation to regularly inspect their property. In Florida, a property owner or a manager can be considered negligent if they knew or should have known of a hazard and failed to repair it, or failed to provide warning about a known hazard. When a property owner is negligent in maintaining their premises, and someone is injured as a result, our attorneys may be able to help the injured party recover compensation for their losses.
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can occur at private residences, retail stores or shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, schools, parks, sports stadiums, parking garage or parking lots or amusement parks. Our attorneys are available to assist you in determining who is liable for your claim.Types of Injuries You Can Sustain in a Slip and Fall Accident
There are a number of different types of injuries that may be sustained in a slip and fall accident. Some of the more common injuries are:
- Injuries to the Neck, Back and Spine
- Cuts and Bruises
- Knee Damage
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- Traumatic Brain Damage or Concussion
- Nerve Damage
- Muscle Sprains
- Dislocated Shoulders
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages or Future wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Full or Partial Disability
- Cost of home accommodations
- Wrongful Death
There are specific laws that apply to slip and fall accident situations. Slip and fall lawyers may refer to:
- Statute 768.0425 (1) Which will apply to damages against contractors for injuries suffered from poor property care.
- Statute 768.0755 (1) Which will apply to the premise caretaker’s responsibility for items that are not properly cleaned up in a business building.—
(1) If a person slips and falls on a transitory foreign substance in a business establishment, the injured person must prove that the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it.
- Statute 768.10 relates to pits and holes that should not be left open. It is not lawful for any company or individual to leave open any pit or other hole outside of an enclosure of a greater depth and breadth than 2 feet; provided, however, such pit or hole may be left open by enclosing the same with a fence or other enclosure
One very important point to consider is the fact that Florida law places a limitation on the amount of time one has when it comes to filing a lawsuit. For injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, a lawsuit must be filed within 4 years from the time of the accident. In cases that involve a fatality, that time limit is reduced to 2 years from the date of death. Failure to file your lawsuit within this time-frame will most likely result in your lawsuit being dismissed. Claims involving a government entity will have different rules and procedures. Be sure to contact an experienced slip and fall attorney for additional guidance.Types of Slip and Fall Accidents We Handle in Broward County
- Parking Garage or Parking Lots
- Amusement Parks
- Retail Stores or Shopping Malls
- Grocery Stores
- Restaurants, Hotels, Nightclubs
- Slip and Falls at Private Residences
- Schools, Parks, Sports Stadiums
- Wet, Slippery or Oily Surface
- Objects on the floor
- Loose carpeting or wiring
- Broken Tiles
- Uneven Pavement or Concrete
- Poor lighting
- Cluttered walkways
- Colliding with another individual or object
- Falling off a ladder, scaffolding, building, stairs
- Broken, loose or missing guardrails or handlebars
- Uneven or narrow stairs
First of all, determine if you are seriously injured. However, whether you have been seriously hurt or not, call for assistance. This can prevent another fall, should you become dizzy as you attempt to stand. If possible, make sure that you file an immediate accident report if you are on a commercial or government property. Get a hard copy of that report and take it with you before you leave the area.
In addition, you might also wish to take photos of the accident scene and any injuries, if your cell phone has a camera. Take pictures of any uneven floor surfaces, spilled liquids or any other hazards that contributed to your slip and fall. Also, get the contact information of any witnesses to your accident. Later on when you get home place the clothing and shoes that you wore at the time of the accident in a separate location in your home as they might become important later.
Immediately seek medical assistance. You can go to your own doctor or visit a local hospital such as Broward Health or Hca Northwest Regional Hospital. You should have a full examination and you should also make a follow up appointment in case something was initially missed during your first exam or if an injury has become worse. You should also be aware that some injuries, such as back and neck injuries, may not become apparent until a day or two later. There have even been cases in which a tiny neck fracture was missed during an initial exam. Over time, that small injury eventually evolved into a situation that could have led to paralysis or even have been life-threatening.
What you shouldn’t do –
Don’t provide any statements regarding the accident to the property representatives or their insurance company. Never sign any documents that they may present to you or take any cash that they offer you without consulting your own attorney beforehand. Ignore any talk of a “generous offer” or an offer “time limit”. These offers could potentially be far below what the usual expenses would be when someone has been injured in a slip and fall accident. This is especially true if time needs to be taken off from work in order to heal.
You should also refrain from announcing or discussing your accident on any type of social media. Be sure to contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer for guidance.Invitees vs. Licensees vs. Trespassers
When entering a property, it’s important to understand the difference between “invitees” vs. “Licensees” vs. “Trespassers”. These definitions may enter into a claim argument should an accident occur. A person who comes onto another's property, business establishment or premises upon invitation (An invitation will be implied when a shop is open and the public is expected to enter to inspect or do business on the property.) is an invitee. A person who is invited to be on the property by the owner of the property for the purpose of business dealings with the owner of the property or is not a member of the general public but has permission to be on the property through an agreement with the owner is considered a licensee. While a person who is not authorized to be on a property or a certain section of that property is considered a trespasser. Needless to say that trespasser would not have the same rights as an invitee or licensee.How Can Frankl & Kominsky Help You?
First of all, attempting to prove the responsibility of another party may become quite complicated when dealing with the other party’s representatives. This can be even more difficult should you be healing from an injury. Your first meeting with a slip and fall lawyer serving Coral Springs is completely free – so there’s nothing to lose! In just that first meeting, it may be possible to get some very valuable information regarding your options when it comes to obtaining compensation for the expenses that you may have incurred (or will incur) as a result of your accident. Here are some other reasons why you may wish to consult the legal team at Frankl & Kominsky.
Pursue compensation for your injuries– Most of us haven’t had extensive experience when it comes to determining the full amount of damages that could be sustained in a slip and fall accident. These damages can be of two types; financial and non-financial. Financial damages may include; hospital bills, doctor bills, lost time from work, inability to work in the future and damaged property (cell phone, etc.). Non-financial damages may include; pain and suffering, etc. For cases that involve a fatality, the victim’s loved ones may obtain restitution for; funeral expenses, burial costs, mental anguish and loss of companionship,
Establishing liability – An experienced slip and fall attorney serving Coral Springs may try to assist you in collecting the proper evidence when it comes to proving responsibility for your accident. Pinpointing direct liability for a slip and fall accident can be rather complicated. Your attorney may be able to obtain evidence such as witness statements, incident reports, maintenance records and even security camera footage.Start Your Free Consultation with Our Slip and Fall Lawyers
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