Slip and Fall Injuries may not Present Immediately

Slip and fall accidents are the most commonly experienced. They can present unique challenges for obtaining treatment and rehabilitation services if needed as the full extent of the injuries and damage to the body may not be immediately obvious.

A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere. They can take place at the home of a friend or family, while shopping, within the workplace, on city streets, sidewalks, parks, and playgrounds. Individuals also experience this type of accident at popular entertainments encompassing amusement parks, sports venues, at the theater, and the movies.

These types of injuries may or may not result in a level of pain that causes individuals immediate concern, but they can have far reaching effects. They can cause fractures anywhere in the body, nerve damage, or injuries to the back and spine that can result in paralysis or even a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Slip and fall accidents account for over 1 million visits to the emergency each year. They’re especially debilitating for the elderly and result in extended rehabilitation, joint replacements, and time in a nursing home. Even those that are young, fit, and healthy can sustain serious injuries from a slip and fall accident.

The results of these injuries may not be readily apparent, even with x-rays. Some types of fractures will only appear days or even weeks after the incident occurred. It can take more in-depth imaging techniques to detect them that aren’t typically performed. Victims of a slip and fall may also experience slow internal bleeding that can be deadly if not identified.

Any slip and fall accident should be followed by a trip to the emergency room where a thorough examination can be conducted. Individuals can be treated for immediate concerns and learn what symptoms of which they need to be aware. Some injuries, such as a TBI, may present in ways that the individual may not associate with the original injury, but can result in a lifetime of disability. The ER visit also provides critical documentation in the event there’s long-lasting problems or disability.

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When a Slip & Fall is not Just an Accident

Everyone fears the slip, trip and fall accident. In many instances, it’s simply the result of being distracted or due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control. However, in a great many cases the accident could have been avoided if home or business owners had taken simple precautions. Continue reading

Slip and Fall Attorney Hollywood

Slip & Fall Lawyer Hollywood, Florida

Located in Hollywood, Florida, Attorney Theodore H. Enfield provides experienced professional legal counsel since 1978. He has spent all of that time honing his skills in civil litigation and has successfully helped thousands of clients.

Attorney Andrew C. Enfield practices in civil litigation also, dividing his time among various areas of tort law. He is dedicated to helping clients in their personal injury cases, including auto accidents, slips and falls and worker’s compensation claims.

At The Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A., our attorneys understand the difficulties presented by slip and fall lawsuits and have the resources needed to address these issues appropriately. Our ability to prove liability in slip and fall cases has led to many successful settlements and verdicts.

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Negligence

In your slip and fall case, your attorney will have to prove that your accident was caused by a “dangerous condition” on the property and that the owner knew about the dangerous condition. A dangerous condition must present an unreasonable risk of harm to those on the property and must be a condition that a reasonable person would not have anticipated.

Under the Florida premises liability law, property owners must maintain their property in a way that is reasonably safe and free of hazards or dangers for those who visit. This means that, if the property owner or manager knows — or should have known — about a potentially unsafe situation, they must take quick action to correct it.

If the owner or manager is unable to correct the problem reasonably quickly, he must do something to bring it to the attention of any visitors who might injure themselves. For example, he could rope the area off or place prominent signage in such a way that you can avoid the danger. If he failed to meet these standards, and someone gets hurt as a result, he may be liable for those injuries.

It is important to note that the property owner is only liable if the injured party was an invitee (e.g., customer, a contractor working on the property) or licensee (e.g., social guest, someone who came in to use the restroom).

Some of the most common scenarios that lead to slip and fall accidents are:

  • Uneven walking surfaces, such as a broken sidewalk
  • Unmarked obstacles, such as a step, curb, or extension cord
  • Wet, slippery surfaces, such as a spill or water leak
  • Improperly maintained property, such as potholes in a parking lot
  • Steps or stairs without handrails

Although these are some of the most common situations that can lead to slips and falls, almost any hazardous condition can cause an accident of this nature. Victims may suffer broken bones, dislocated joints, traumatic brain injury, or neck, back, or spinal cord injury.

Your liable party is whoever was in charge of maintaining the property. In most cases, this will be the property owner or manager.

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What to do if you’ve been injured

If you slip and fall in a public place, you should seek immediate medical attention. Injuries sustained in this way may not be obvious immediately. Alert the property owner or manager about the incident and request his name and contact information.

Talk to any witnesses that may have been present, make note of their names and contact information and ask if they have any photos or videos of the incident.  If possible, get pictures of the hazard that caused your injury, and of your injury itself.

As soon as possible, contact a personal injury lawyer to assist you in requesting compensation for your injuries. Because businesses and insurance companies believe that many slip and fall claims are false or exaggerated, they will often try to discourage you by refusing to negotiate a settlement. Having a lawyer to assist you can help demonstrate the sincerity of your claim.

“Your attorney will also be better equipped to obtain important evidence for your case, such as video surveillance footage, employee statements, maintenance records, or existing company safety policies.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, you need someone on your side who sympathizes with you and will fight for you. For the experience you need, call The Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A. for a free consultation.  Dial: (305) L-A-W-Y-E-R-S.

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