If someone else is to blame, you have the right to demand compensation. The Miami slip & fall attorneys at Lavent Law, P.A. can help you maximize your financial award. Contact us to schedule a free consultation today at (305) 257-9464 and learn more.
Millions of people are hospitalized for slip and fall-related injuries every year.The consequences of an unexpected fall can be overwhelming. Medical bills can add up quickly and you may even be forced to miss time at work. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the costs of your injury alone.
How Our Lawyers Can Help After a Miami Slip and Fall Accident
A slip and fall can really disrupt your life. If you fell on another person’s property, you may have the right to hold them financially responsible for your injuries. However, navigating a personal injury claim after a slip and fall can be difficult. If you try to handle the case on your own, you probably won’t get the money you deserve. The best thing you can do after a slip and fall is to hire an attorney to pursue compensation on your behalf.
Here’s what you can expect when you turn to the personal injury lawyers at Lavent Law, P.A. for help after a slip and fall accident.
1. We’ll Protect You From Insurance Companies
Insurance companies will probably be very involved in your personal injury case. They’ll be interested in limiting the amount of money you receive for your injuries.
The last thing an insurer wants is for you to hire an attorney. Why? They know that they won’t be able to rely on manipulative strategies designed to drive down the value of your case. Hiring our attorneys will level the playing field and helps to ensure that your case is taken seriously.
2. We’ll Pursue Compensation From All Liable Parties
In Florida, anyone who contributes to a slip and fall accident can be held financially responsible for injuries. This is why it’s essential to identify everyone who may have played a role in causing your injuries.
Our attorneys will carefully investigate your case and determine every underlying cause. Knowing why your accident happened will help us determine who may be to blame. We’ll pursue compensation from anyone who caused you harm.
3. We’ll Value Your Case Properly
How much is your slip and fall case worth? If you proceed without an attorney, an insurance company will probably get to answer this question. Remember, these companies want to limit your payout. Letting them value your case is not in your best interest.
At Lavent Law, P.A., our attorneys are dedicated to getting you the money you deserve. The best way to do this is by getting outside expert help to assess the extent and impact of your injuries. We work closely with experts in a variety of fields to make sure that we know what your case is worth. During negotiations, we’ll have hard evidence and expert input to support our demand for compensation.
4. We’ll Limit Your Liability If You Share Fault
Property owners will be quick to deny responsibility for your slip and fall injuries. In fact, they’ll probably even try to say that you are to blame. Shifting even the slightest bit of fault to you can hurt your personal injury case.
Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident. We’ll search for any evidence that proves (a) your actions did not contribute to the fall and (b) shows the property owner is to blame.
The time following a Miami slip and fall accident can be stressful. You have enough on your plate without having to think about a legal fight for compensation. You don’t have to handle your personal injury case on your own. Call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lavent Law, P.A. for immediate assistance. We’ll handle the legal case while you focus on getting better.
Causes of Miami Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents happen every day in Miami. There are many factors that can contribute to slips and falls. However, some causes are reported more frequently than others. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
Hazardous Walking Surfaces: Hazardous surfaces contribute to more than half of all slip and fall accidents. Hazards can include:
- Uneven surfaces
- Torn or ripped carpeting
- Slippery and wet surfaces
- Broken sidewalks or pavement
- Loose floorboards
- Unsecured rugs or mats, and
- Icy surfaces.
Cluttered Surfaces: Slip and fall accidents are more likely to happen when floors, sidewalks, and other surfaces are cluttered with trash, debris, or electrical wires.
Neglected Surfaces: Many slip and fall accidents involve surfaces or structures that have been neglected. For example, slips and falls are more likely to happen when:
- Stairs are uneven or broken, and
- Railings are missing, loose, or broken.
Weather Conditions: Harsh or hazardous weather conditions also contribute to slip and fall accidents in Miami. High winds can spread debris on roads and walkways, creating a hazard for pedestrians. Rain can cause surfaces to become slick and prime for slips and falls.
Hazardous Working Conditions: Slips and falls are a leading cause of workplace accidents in Miami. Slick surfaces, spills, uneven or broken surfaces, depressions in the floor, inadequate training, improper footwear, defective equipment, and debris all contribute to workplace falls.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident can be severe. At Lavent Law, P.A., our attorneys are prepared to help you fight for compensation for all of your slip and fall injuries, including:
- Soft tissue injury
- Broken bones
- Burn injury
- Spine injury
- Brain injury
- Meniscus tear injury
- Herniated disk injury
- Bulging disk injury
- Lumbar injury
- Catastrophic injury, and more.
Contact our experienced legal team for assistance with your personal injury claim. We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to call to get started on your case today.
Property Owners May Be Responsible for Slip and Fall Injuries
Many slip and fall accidents happen away from home. It’s common for accidents in Miami to happen in restaurants, theme parks, retail stores, and shopping malls. When you’re injured on someone else’s property, you may have the right to file a premises liability lawsuit. In Florida, property owners generally have an obligation to keep their properties safe and free from hazards. If they fail to do so, they can be responsible for injuries that may occur.
Invitees, Licensees, and Trespassers
A property owner’s legal obligation to you ultimately depends on whether you’re classified as an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser.
Invitee: An invitee is someone who has been invited onto the premises by the owner. You’ll probably be considered an invite if you are visiting the property for a legitimate business purpose (e.g., retail customer, hotel guest, restaurant patron). Property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees. Owners must regularly inspect their property for hazards that could cause a slip and fall accident. Once a hazard is identified, the owner must provide a warning and fix the issue as soon as possible.
Licensee: A licensee is someone who is invited to enter the premises, but is not there for a legitimate business purpose. Licensees typically include social guests, family, and friends. Owners do not have an obligation to search their property for potential slip and fall hazards. Instead, an owner must only warn a guest of known issues and fix dangerous conditions once they’ve been discovered.
Trespasser: A trespasser is someone who enters property without the owner’s consent. Property owners do owe trespassers a very limited duty of care. Trespassers must be warned of known hazards that they’d be unlikely to discover on their own.
Damages Available to Miami Slip and Fall Accident Victims
According to the CDC, the average slip and fall accident injury will generate about $30,000 in medical bills. However, the costs of an injury can be much greater if an injury is particularly severe. It’s not uncommon for spinal cord injuries, particularly those resulting in some form of paralysis, to cost a victim hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout their life. Fortunately, slip and fall accident victims have the right to pursue compensation from a negligent property owner.
At Lavent Law, P.A., our attorneys will pursue monetary damages on your behalf. This can include compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Call our Miami office to schedule a free consultation. Our personal injury team will review your case and help you understand your legal options.
Call Miami Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Boris Lavent Today
Have you or someone you love been injured in a slip and fall accident? At Lavent Law, P.A., we understand that an unexpected injury can be devastating. If a negligent property owner is to blame, you have the right to demand compensation. Miami slip-and-fall lawyer Boris Lavent can help you maximize the financial award you receive. Call our office to schedule a free consultation and learn more.