All children learn within moments after taking their first steps that falls are a part of life. Most of the time, when a person slips or trips and falls, they are able to brush themselves off and resume their activities, often forgetting about the accident entirely by a few hours later. But not everyone is so lucky. Some falls cause serious, even life-changing injuries.
If you have been injured in a fall, you may feel overwhelmed by questions about who is responsible and how you will pay for medical bills and lost wages. Many people find that the first step toward getting their lives back on track is to speak with a slip-and-fall lawyer. Miami is an exciting, vibrant city, and getting advice from an experienced attorney can help get you back to enjoying all that this area has to offer.
Falls Cause Serious Injuries
While it is true that many falls cause only a small bruise or a few minor scratches, no one should underestimate the danger that any fall represents. Serious injuries from falls are most common among people over the age of 65, but fall-related injuries can happen at any age. The U.S. Library of Medicine reports that Americans spend $2.45 billion each year on emergency room visits as a result of falls. There is nothing minor about that.
Certainly, everyone understands that falling from a ladder or rooftop will likely cause major injuries. But most people don’t realize that the majority of accidental fall injuries occur on level ground or the ground floor of a building. Wet floors, damaged sidewalks, poorly marked slippery spots, rugs without a rubberized backing, and snow and ice are all frequent causes of dangerous falls.
Who Is Responsible for Paying for My Injuries?
It would be nice if that were a simple question to answer, but often it is not. If you fell at work, your injuries and recovery might be covered by worker’s compensation. However, if the cause of the fall was a defective railing, the manufacturer of the railing or the contractor who installed it may be the responsible party. If you fell while visiting another person’s home, the homeowner will likely be responsible, but even that situation can get complicated. Falls that occur on commercial properties such as shopping malls also may involve multiple responsible parties.
As an injured person, your most fundamental right should be the right to take care of yourself and follow your doctor’s advice, without expending precious energy trying to sort through legal issues. That’s why it can be so helpful to have a skilled attorney advocating for you as you pursue your claim for damages.
Compensation You’re Entitled To
An accident that renders you unable to work for any period of time could cause severe financial hardship. It’s important to know what forms of compensation you are entitled to as an accidental fall victim. The benefits you deserve include:
- Reimbursement for medical bills, as well as payment for expected future medical costs
- Payment for the cost of hiring professional assistance for household tasks
- Payment for wages lost due to missed time at work (present and future)
- Payment for mental and emotional anguish caused by your accident
Florida has a four-year statute of limitations, which means you must file your claim within four years after the date the accident occurred. When you are struggling to rebuild your life after a fall, four years can go by quickly. Seek advice from a qualified lawyer as soon as you are able to do so.
An Advocate on Your Side
When you are ready to make that call and learn about your rights, contact a slip-and-fall lawyer. Miami area residents can seek help from Boris Lavent, a skilled attorney who will fight your rights as a fall victim. Visit LaventLaw.com or call us today at (305) 440-0450 to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to assisting you.