Miami Slip and Fall Accidents
In general terms, “slip and fall” accidents refer to situations where a person is injured by slipping, or tripping, and falling due to a dangerous condition on the premises of a building or the surrounding property.
At Waks and Barnett, we help victims injured in slip and fall accidents occuring in Miami, Coral Gables and the surrounding areas.
Such falls can happen inside or outside a building, and can be caused by such conditions as bad flooring, wet floors, poorly lighted steps, or, in the case of outdoor accidents, weather-related or hidden hazards. Cracks or a pot hole, for example, can be the cause of a slip and fall in a parking lot.
Premises Liability Law
All slip and fall accidents are covered by negligence law and deal with the concept of premises liability. Property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is safe. This includes insuring that the building has no structural defects that could cause an accident, both inside and out.
Structural defects can include: loose floor mats, rugs, or tiles; water on the floor; badly lit stairs or steps; cracks or holes in sidewalks or parking lots. The injured person also has a duty to exercise reasonable care, so if any action of yours contributed to the accident, you may share in the negligence.
When an injury occurs, you would benefit by contacting a premises liability attorney. Sometimes these attorneys are referred to as slip and fall lawyers.
Miami Slip and Fall Lawyers
If you experience a slip and fall accident, you should try to determine what made you fall and if it could have been anticipated and prevented. If anyone saw you fall, be sure you get the names and addresses of all witnesses.
Try to note the conditions in the area – was the lighting poor, was there some substance that made you slip. If you did slip because of something on the floor, try to obtain a sample. Also, try to get pictures of the area. Report any such accident to the manager or owner and insist that they make a record of it.
It is your responsibility to prove that a hazard existed and that it was the cause of your accident – our lawyers can help you do that.
Injured in a slip and fall accident in Miami? Need to speak with an attorney about your injuries?
Please call us at this toll-free number: 800-905-2891.