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Slip & Fall
At the Law Office of Jose R. Fernandez, P.A., we are ready and equipped to handle your slip and fall accident. Slip and fall accidents cause injury and death to hundreds of residents every year; adults age 65 years of age and older are, particularly at risk. According to The Florida Department of Health (DOH), falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for Florida’s senior citizens and the second leading cause of injury-related death for Florida residents. Falls are also the leading cause of non-fatal injury-related hospital admissions. During the course of one year, 2,700 Floridians died from an unintentional fall and there were 67,800 hospitalizations for fall-related injuries. A statistic in one period reports 494 deaths from falls and 23,200 non-fatal fall injury hospitalizations.
What you need to know about the terms “slip”, “trip”, and “fall” is that they relate to situations where an individual suffers some personal injury on the property or premises of another individual, company, or business. Health care costs as a result of preventable falls among seniors alone are $30 billion each year. This does not account for the multiple other costs associated with these accidents.
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere an individual is walking, jogging, or running. This could be in department stores, grocery stores, condominiums, city sidewalk, a drugstore parking lot, or while going down the stairs in a shopping mall. Steps, staircases, and ramps are practically everywhere and many do not have the strips that are required under the code.
Places where you may suffer a slip and fall accident, may include commercial spaces such as:
- Shopping Malls
- Amusement Parks
- Apartment Buildings
- Movie Theaters
- Gas Stations
- Sports Clubs
- Train Stations
- And many more
According to Florida premises liability law, property owners, landlords and those responsible for private or public establishments are legally liable for slip, trip, or falls resulting in serious injury brought on by improper maintenance, operating conditions, or unsafe standards. While each person is responsible for being aware and conscientious of safety hazards, property owners are also required to ensure the safety of guests by maintaining their premises in the proper condition and following required regulations. The property owner or responsible party may be legally liable to cover any, if not all, medical costs and lost wages.
Florida law dictates that you may present a slip and fall claim within four years of the accident. In all slip & fall cases, the Law Office of Jose R. Fernandez, P.A.’s personal injury attorneys will prove legitimate compensation claims to reveal that you were unaware of any possible risk of injury on the premises where the accident occurred. Furthermore, the personal injury attorney must prove that the property owner was aware of the possible risk of injury to others but never attended to the risk in a set period.
For a free consultation, please call us at the Law Office of Jose R. Fernandez, P.A.
Miami (305) 403-4422
Tallahassee (850) 577-0023