Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Sustaining a fall may not seem very dangerous at first thought. However, these accidents can lead to severe injuries, especially for children or elderly victims. Injuries sustained in a slip and fall often result in extensive medical treatment, costs, and rehabilitation. The Miami slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon help victims throughout South Florida who have been harmed by a property owner’s negligence pursue proper compensation for their harm. If you have been hurt in this type of accident, it is important to seek guidance from a premises liability attorney who can advise you on your options.Common Injuries Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents
Injuries sustained in a fall range from the most minor, such as scrapes, cuts, or bruises, to the most severe, like brain trauma or a spinal cord injury. These types of harm can lead to a lifetime of recovery and ongoing therapy as well as changes to a victim’s daily life or occupation. In the most extreme cases, a fall may even lead to a fatality. Some of the most common slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken or fractured bones;
- Sprains, often of wrists, ankles, knees, or hands;
- Concussions or other head trauma;
- Shoulder injuries;
- Hip fractures; or
- Back injuries.
Falls are the leading cause of hip fractures, with over 95 percent of reported cases caused by a fall. This type of injury usually requires surgery, as well as a significant hospital stay, and one in five people who suffer hip fractures pass away within a year. People and entities that contribute to causing slip and fall accidents should be held accountable for the serious risks to which they expose victims.Seeking Compensation from a Careless Property Owner
When a victim injures him or herself as a result of a property owner’s failure to keep their premises safe, legal action may be available. Business owners owe the highest degree of care to people visiting their property for a business purpose. This duty requires owners to conduct regular inspections to ensure the property is free from danger. When a hazard exists, business owners must either fix the dangerous condition or properly warn patrons of its presence.
If a victim sustains injuries in a fall, he or she can potentially hold a negligent property owner liable by showing that the existence of a dangerous condition caused the fall. A victim must also establish that the property owner knew about the dangerous condition, or it should have known about it if regular inspections had been carried out. For instance, if a shopper slips on a puddle that forms due to a leaky roof, which has not been fixed in a timely manner, he or she probably could recover compensation for the injuries that result. The damages available to victims often include past and future medical expenses, loss of income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering.Contact a Slip and Fall Lawyer in the Miami Area
Medical treatment, rehabilitative measures, and adjusting to a new lifestyle may take patience, time, and financial assistance. Making sure that a party who is responsible for causing the injuries that led to this adjustment can make a vital difference in the recovery process. The Miami slip and fall attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims. We also assist people in Miami, West Palm Beach, and other cities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. If you have been hurt in an accident, call 877.499.4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an injury attorney.