Miami Premises Liability Attorney
A slip and fall or trip and fall can be many things: embarrassing, painful, traumatic, infuriating. Some people are able to pick themselves up after a fall, dust themselves off and go about their business. Others require medical attention, and a number will unfortunately incur serious injuries that require extensive care for proper healing and may continue to impact their lives permanently. In the more serious cases, Miami personal injury attorney Michael Goldfarb takes on negligent property owners and holds them accountable for maintaining dangerous premises that resulted in a serious slip and fall accident. With a firm grasp of Florida premises liability law, Goldfarb Law has the ability and dedication required to recover significant compensation after a Miami slip and fall or trip and fall injury.
Help with serious injuries caused by slip and fall accidents
Although the elderly are particularly susceptible to sustaining a serious, even life-threatening, injury in a fall, severe injuries can happen to people of any age depending on factors such as how hard they fall, the way they fall, and the surface they hit. Some of the most common consequences of a serious slip and fall accident include:
- Hip and wrist fractures
- Head injuries, including concussions and other traumatic brain injury
- Neck and back injury
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle tears and soft tissue injuries
- Facial lacerations
A complete understanding of Florida premises liability law
Florida premises liability law incudes a complex classification of different types of visitors to property, and the duty of the property owner can differ depending upon the classification of the visitor. For instance, a person can come on to another’s property as a:
Public Invitee – a person who is invited onto the property as a member of the public for a purpose for which the property is held open to the public
Business Invitee – a person who is invited onto the property for a purpose connected with the property owner’s business dealings
Invited Licensee – a social guest
Uninvited Licensee – a person who enters the premises solely for his or her own convenience. Imagine a person who goes into a store solely to use the restroom or ask for change, as opposed to doing any shopping.
Trespasser – a person who enters another’s property without any right or for no apparent purpose
Most of the time a slip and fall victim will be either an invitee or invited licensee. For these individuals, property owners owe a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes fixing or warning of any hazardous condition the property owner actually knew about or should have known about by making reasonable, periodic inspections of the premises. These include conditions such as:
- Slippery surface due to rain or tracked-in water from the beach
- Food or drink spills
- Leaking condensers, dripping condensation, puddling
- Boxes or products in the aisles
- Items falling from shelves
- Torn carpeting
- Unmarked steps
- Broken steps or handrails
- Inadequate lighting
- Exposed wiring
- Malfunctioning sliding doors
How Goldfarb Law can help after a Miami premises liability accident
Property owners and their insurers will try to find ways to avoid being held liable when a slip and fall accident occurs on their premises. For instance, when the dangerous condition is only temporary or transitory in nature, such as a wet floor, the owner may claim that it did not have time to become aware of the problem and remedy it before the accident occurred. By utilizing industry experts, eyewitness accounts, security camera footage and other types of evidence, we are able to produce strong documentation and build a case that convincingly demonstrates when an unreasonable period of time elapsed between the creation of the hazard and the accident. With a strong case in hand, our Miami legal team is well-positioned to negotiate a favorable settlement or take your case before a jury if needed.
Another tactic of property owners and their insurance companies is to claim that the accident victim was not paying enough attention to where he or she was going and is responsible for the slip or trip and fall. We work hard to investigate the accident and keep our clients from being unfairly labeled as responsible for an accident that was caused by a defect or danger on the property. Even if both parties are held partly to blame, Florida negligence law allows an injury victim to hold a negligent property owner responsible for that portion of the accident which was their fault, and to recover compensation accordingly.
Free Consultation with an Aggressive and Effective Miami Personal Liability Lawyer
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall, trip and fall or other accident due to a dangerous condition on another’s property, such as a Miami grocery store, restaurant, department store or hotel, contact Goldfarb Law at 305-433-3200 for a free consultation with a Miami premises liability attorney ready to help you get the medical care and compensation you need after being injured by another’s negligence.