Plantation Slip & Fall Lawyer
Slip and falls can happen anywhere—restaurants, office spaces, malls, parking lots, retail stores, HOA association buildings, etc. An injured victim can even pursue compensation from slipping and falling in another party’s private residence. However, even if the cause of the fall is obvious to you, and your injuries are severe and debilitating, winning a slip and fall case is much easier said than done. Insurance companies fight slip and fall claims every inch of the way by denying liability, reducing the value of your claim by arguing that your injuries are exaggerated, and even shifting the blame onto you. For fair compensation, our Plantation slip & fall lawyers at Lyons & Snyder are here to offer professional help.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
- Fractured limb;
- Fractured or sprained wrist;
- Fractured ankle;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Torn tendon or cartilage;
- Fractured vertebrae;
- Spinal cord injury; and
- Broken ribs.
Common Slip and Fall Premises Hazards Caused by Negligence
- Spills, puddles, and dirty/greasy walking surface;
- Damaged floor tiles or linoleum;
- Missing or misaligned floor boards;
- Ripped carpeting or rug;
- Worn out or damaged walking surface;
- Poor lighting;
- Missing or damaged stair step;
- Missing or damaged handrail on stairs or steps;
- No warning sign for a set of stairs or a “step down”;
- Debris, construction equipment, or merchandise in the walkway; and
- Cracked or uneven sidewalk; and
Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Claim
In order to hold the business owner or property owner accountable, you must be able to prove that they had, or should have had, knowledge of the hazard that caused you to fall. This knowledge can be “real” or “constructive.” Real knowledge of a puddle, for example, would be to walk by it and see the puddle (or for a manager or employee to see it). An example of having constructive knowledge would be knowing that a puddle always forms near the entranceway when it rains, and therefore the business owner, or property owner, should have knowledge that a puddle likely exists whenever it is raining out. In addition to having knowledge of the slipping or tripping hazard, the property owner needs to have sufficient time to mitigate the hazard. For a puddle, the solution could be as quick as mopping it up, or putting up slip hazard signs. In some scenarios, a property owner can escape liability because they did not have time to react after a hazard was created. For example, if a grocery store customer drops a jar of pickles and it shatters over the floor, and seconds later another customer slips and falls, the property/business owner could argue that they either did not have knowledge of the hazard, or time to address the hazard.
Contact a Plantation Slip & Fall Attorney Today
Are you temporarily out of a job because you were injured in a slip and fall accident? Are you just now realizing how expensive your hospital stay was? Slip and falls should be treated like any other serious personal injury claim. The negligent party must be held accountable for your damages, and here at Lyons & Snyder, our Plantation slip and fall attorneys will do just that. Call us at 954-462-8035 to schedule a free consultation today.