Our personal injury law firm in Miami investigates claims on behalf of people who have been injured in a slip and fall accident, whether it be a slip, trip, or fall or other types of claims at stores like Publix, Winn-Dixie, Target, Wal-Mart, in shopping malls, and at other public businesses across the State of Florida and around the country. Did you know that slip and fall accidents are responsible for 25% of all injuries that require time off from work, but that they are also often considered to be the most difficult claims to understand and prove?
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The most common claim against a public commercial business our law firm investigates is an injury that results from a person’s either falling because of a wet and slippery floor or tripping on a hazard such as an unmarked step or threshold.
The question we ask is how a business can reduce its number of slips, trips, and falls. To answer that question, one needs to consider the cause of most slip-and-fall accidents. Typically, liability insurance companies and their lawyers blame the injured claimants for the falls, by suggesting that the plaintiffs were simply not watching where they were walking at the time or tripped over their own feet because of inattention–like being distracted by texting or playing Pokemon GO.
However, lawyers who represent the injured person will have to investigate how the floor area was maintained and by whom, the surface and design of the floor, and whether the warning signs and lighting were adequate. Another area of inquiry is whether or not the business utilizes slip-resistant cleaning materials on floor surfaces. We have found some cases where the cleaning solutions have actually made floor surfaces unreasonably slippery when wet. Our personal injury lawyers often consult with experts on human factors and biomechanics to analyze a client’s fall and further understand how and why it occurred.
Businesses should follow established procedures for detailed inspection, maintenance, and repair of their premises; however, many do not. For example, we represent scores of injured people in claims against major cruise lines–like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and others–who have no written protocols for maintaining and inspecting their decks and no documentation memorializing it. Conversely, most big-box retailers and Florida grocery stores like Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Sedano’s observe very stringent inspection, maintenance, and repair protocols, with logs that indicate by whom, when, and where particular housekeeping tasks are performed.
Injured in a slip and fall accident
If you have been hurt by falling in a grocery store, shopping mall, department store, parking lot, restaurant, or other public location in Florida, contact our office today and speak with an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer. We offer free initial consultations to anyone who has a potential case. While our offices are located in Miami, we take cases on a contingency basis from Key West to Jacksonville. Call us today at 1-866-597-4529 or 305-441-0440, or reach us by email at [email protected] or SKYPE. We are ready to help you receive compensation for time lost from work, medical expense reimbursement, pain and suffering, inconvenience, and other damages.