Ending up on the ground because of a slip and fall may cause little more than a severely bruised ego, a great deal of embarrassment, and a few aches and pains the next day. But many people do not get to walk away so easily from a slip-and-fall accident. Approximately 68,000 people each year are admitted to Florida hospitals for treatment of serious injuries suffered in a fall. And when a slip and fall is the fault of the careless or negligent actions on the part of the owner of a business or residential property, you need an experienced injury attorney. Our skilled Fort Lauderdale slip and fall attorney, David M. Benenfeld, has the experience you need to bring you justice and the compensation you deserve. We are uncompromising in our determination to force a careless property owner to pay the compensation you deserve.
Forcing property owners to pay when hazardous conditions cause injuries
Whether you are in an office building, walking along a sidewalk, shopping for groceries, or enjoying a day at your community swimming pool, it does not take much to create a hazardous condition that could cause you to slip and fall. There are many hazardous and dangerous conditions. Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Poorly secured handrails on stairways
- Uneven or broken steps
- Wet floors
- Uneven floors and sidewalks
- Loose floorboards and tiles
- Unsecured area rugs and carpets
- Ripped carpeting
- Food matter and debris left on floors
- Store displays, loose wiring, and other objects on floors, walkways, and sidewalks
- Potholes, broken pavement, and other tripping hazards in parking lots
- Broken or uneven concrete sidewalks
Poor maintenance by property owners is frequently the cause of hazardous and unsafe conditions, but the use of the wrong type of materials during construction or for routine maintenance can also cause a fall to occur. For example, using a tile or other material for the deck area around a swimming pool, because of how it looks, could be a mistake if it becomes slippery when wet.
Another mistake made by property owners is not checking to make certain the wax used to maintain the floors in the lobby of a building does not create a dangerously slippery surface. Shiny floors are attractive, but using the wrong type of wax or applying too much wax to a floor could make it dangerously slippery to walk on.
Devastating injuries from a slip and fall
Common injuries associated with slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Bone fractures, including upper and lower extremities and hips
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury and concussions
- Bruises, sprains, and strains
It’s amazing how quickly medical bills start arriving in the mail for the treatment and care you received from hospitals, doctors, physical therapy centers, and other health care providers following a slip-and-fall accident. Be assured that we understand how mounting bills and being unable to work while recovering from the injuries is a serious financial strain.
Our Fort Lauderdale slip & fall lawyer will immediately put the property owner and other responsible parties and their insurance companies on notice about your claim and begin negotiations with the claims adjusters assigned to handle it. The insurance companies and their insured property owners may not want to pay the compensation you deserve, but our thorough preparation and attention to detail let them know we are ready to take the case to trial unless a favorable settlement can be achieved.
An attorney putting superior knowledge and skills to work for you
Florida law shields property owners from liability when they are unaware of a hazard or did not have sufficient time to correct it before your accident occurred. Proving when a property owner had actual knowledge can be difficult, but our innovative and resourceful Ft Lauderdale slip & fall attorneys can use constructive knowledge to prove the validity of your claim. Evidence of a hazard, existing for a long enough length of time that it should have been discovered by exercising ordinary care, proves constructive knowledge and is legally sufficient to hold the owner responsible.
Our law firm handles a variety of personal injury matters. Besides slip & fall accidents in Ft Lauderdale, we also handle:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Workers’ compensation
- Nursing home abuse
- Wrongful death
Call our Fort Lauderdale slip and fall attorney
Slip & fall accidents happen all the time. But at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A, we never take a one-size-fits-all approach to how we represent you. Each case is different and each client deserves the best we have to offer. Find out more about what we can do for you by calling us today at (954) 530-8077, or complete the online contact form to schedule a free consultation.