If you fell on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced Miami slip and fall accident lawyer at Shaked Law Firm can fight to hold the negligent property owner accountable. Call us at (305) 937-0191 to get started with your case.
Since 2007, we’ve dedicated our practice to advocating for accident victims’ rights in South Florida. We’ve successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.
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How Shaked Law Firm Can Help After a Slip and Fall Accident in Miami
Slip and fall claims can be complicated. Property owners and insurance companies often try to blame the victim. They might try to convince you that you were clumsy or should have avoided the dangerous condition on their property. A Miami personal injury attorney can help.
At Shaked Law Firm, our lawyers have over 100 years of experience between us. Our team is led by Sagi Shaked, a Board-Certified civil trial lawyer and Top 100 Trial Attorney. So, we know the right questions to ask and how to locate the strong evidence you’ll need to support your claim. We also know how to stand up to insurance companies.
Hiring our team means you’ll have a lawyer to:
- Conduct a full investigation into your case
- Protect you if the insurance company blames you for the accident
- Assess the fair value of your claim
- Negotiate to recover the maximum compensation award possible
Our Miami personal injury attorneys are known for giving our clients the personal attention they deserve. We’re also known for being fierce advocates in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
Ready to learn more about how we can help? Call for a free consultation today.
How Common Are Slip and Fall Accidents in Miami?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Every year, over 37.3 million fall injuries require medical care.
In Florida, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for people aged 65 and up. Falls are also the leading cause of injury-related death for all Florida residents. Over 67,800 Floridians were hospitalized with fall injuries in a single year.
What is My Miami Slip and Fall Accident Case Worth?
If you were hurt in a slip and fall, you’re probably wondering what your case is worth. Many different factors influence a personal injury case’s value, and no two cases are exactly the same.
Some important factors include:
- The extent of your injuries
- The cost of your past and anticipated future medical treatment
- The injury’s impact on your work and quality of life
- Your pain and suffering
You can get more information about what your case is worth by speaking with an experienced attorney. We’re always available to sit down and review your case, so don’t hesitate to reach out for a free case evaluation today.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Slip and Fall Accident Victims?
Your financial situation can become difficult very quickly if you’re unable to work after a trip and fall accident. You deserve to hold the responsible party accountable for all of your damages.
Florida personal injury laws divide compensatory damages into two primary categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Your economic damages represent the current and future costs of the accident, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Nursing care
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Property damage
Your non-economic damages cover the subjective, intangible losses you’ve experienced after your injury, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
Call our slip and fall lawyers to learn more about how we can help you recover the full range of damages you deserve.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Slip and Fall Accident in Florida?
You don’t automatically lose your right to compensation if you share blame for your slip and fall accident. Under the comparative fault laws in Florida, your damages will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. You can continue to hold all other at-fault parties responsible for their share of the blame for your accident.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Slip and fall injuries can be more serious than you might expect. At Shaked Law Firm, we’ll fight to recover fair compensation for all of your injuries.
Common slip and fall accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Wrist injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Other head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Nerve injuries
Falls can also cause fatal injuries. If you’ve lost a loved one due to slip and fall injuries, our attorneys can help you fight to hold the responsible party liable for wrongful death.
What Causes Most Slip and Fall Accidents in Miami, Florida?
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere. When you slip, trip, and fall on someone else’s property, you may have the right to hold the property owner accountable.
For example, you may have a valid slip and fall injury claim if you were hurt at a:
- Grocery store
- Bar or restaurant
- Sporting event
- Nursing home
- Daycare center
- Parking lot
- Parking garage
- Shopping mall
- Cruise ship
You could have a valid slip and fall claim if you tripped and fell walking down the sidewalk. Depending upon your surroundings, a slip and fall can happen for many different reasons.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in Miami include:
- Uneven pavement
- Puddles and slick floors
- Missing or broken railings
- Crumbling or broken stairways
- Loose cables and wires
- Debris, garbage, and other obstacles in walkways
- Missing or uneven carpets and floor mats
- Lack of adequate lighting
- Accumulated rainwater
Some of these things can be hard to see. It’s the property owner’s responsibility to fix these dangerous conditions–or provide a warning so you can avoid them.
Were you injured on someone else’s property? Call a Miami slip and fall accident attorney at Shaked Law Firm today. We handle all types of slip and fall cases and would be happy to discuss your legal options.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Slip and Fall Accident in Florida?
Florida property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for invited visitors and guests. Premises liability cases are usually based on negligence.
If you fell on someone else’s property, you’ll have to prove a few different things to establish negligence, including
- The property owner owed you a legal duty of care
- They breached that duty
- The breach caused your fall
- You suffered damages
A property owner’s duty of care varies depending on whether their property is a business or private residence.
When you’re visiting a business, you’re classified as a business invitee. Property owners owe invitees a duty to:
- Keep the property free from unreasonable dangers
- Fix any known hazards
- Regularly inspect the property to identify hidden dangers
- Provide adequate warning about dangerous conditions that can’t be fixed immediately
Florida law creates an exception if you slip and fall because of a “transient foreign substance.” For example, if you slip over spilled milk at the grocery store, the milk is classified as a “transient foreign substance”.
In these cases, you can only recover compensation if you can prove the business had actual or constructive knowledge of the danger. You can establish this knowledge by proving:
- The spill had been there for a long enough time to alert a reasonable property owner
- That type of spill happened so often that the owner should have foreseen the danger
If you’re invited to a private residence, you are classified as a social guest, or “licensee.” Property owners owe licensees a duty to warn of dangerous conditions on their property. They do not have to fix known hazards or inspect their property for hidden dangers.
Were you injured in a slip and fall? Establishing an attorney client relationship can help. Our lawyers can gather the evidence you’ll need to back up your injury claim. We’ll locate any video footage, interview witnesses and carefully examine the accident scene to determine the cause of your accident. Just give us a call today for a free case review.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Slip and Fall Accident in Florida?
Slip and fall accident victims in Florida have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations expires four years after the date of the fall. After that, you’ll forfeit your right to compensation.
Contact a Miami Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Do you have questions about your legal rights after a slip and fall in Miami or Fort Lauderdale? Call a Miami slip and fall accident lawyer at Shaked Law Firm to schedule a free consultation today.