Trip & Fall Injuries
Anyone who owns property – including a municipal, residential, public, or commercial property owner – has an obligation under Hollywood and Florida laws to make sure that visitors to the property are reasonably safe. This means that property owners, management companies, and others responsible for property must remove obstacles on pathways, must fix uneven walkways, and must take other basic precautions to prevent trip and fall injuries. If they do not, they can be pursued in civil court by those who are injured.
If you have been injured by a trip and fall accident on either public or private property, you may have a legal claim under premises liability laws. You may be able to pursue the Hollywood or Florida governments or property owners and other liable parties to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. To learn more, contact the attorneys at Flaxman Law Group. If you have been injured, we are standing by to offer a free initial consultation to address your concerns and questions.Common Injuries in Trip and Fall Accidents
Many people think of trip and fall accidents as relatively minor incidents when compared with car or truck crashes. The reality, however, is that falls can lead to devastating and even life-threatening injuries. The force of impact and the hard surface of a sidewalk or walkway can lead to devastating injuries, including:
- Head injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Soft tissue injuries
- Disc herniation and degenerative disc disease
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Acute back pain
- Facial and eye injuries
- Spinal stenosis
- Sprains and strains
These injuries can be devastating and many can be ongoing health concerns, which means that you may require a lifetime of treatment and pain management. You may find your life forever changed by chronic back pain, a herniated disc, or a head or spinal cord injury, for example.What to Do if You Have Been Injured
If you have tripped and have suffered a fall, it is imperative to consult with a medical professional immediately. If you may have hit your head in the fall, especially, treat the situation as a medical emergency. Many serious injuries – including head injuries, chronic back pain, soft tissue injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and others associated with falls – may not show symptoms right away. Getting prompt medical treatment can improve your chances of making a fuller recovery.
Prompt medical attention can also ensure that you start the documentation process and can more easily clearly connect your fall to your injury. If you delay seeking medical attention, defendants may claim that your injuries stem from another source and not from your fall.Preventable Trip and Fall Injuries
It can be especially upsetting to discover that your injuries were caused by unsafe conditions such as obstructions, uneven sidewalks, poor lighting, incorrectly installed or worn carpeting, broken stair cases or railing, worn or uneven flooring, and other causes that could have been fixed. In these situations, you may not only want to seek damage but you may also want to seek justice so that property owners are held accountable and take steps to prevent other injuries on their premises. Seeking a claim through civil court can help you seek both justice and damages.
If you would like to know whether you have a claim, contact the law offices of Flaxman Law Group. Our legal team can meet with you in our offices in Homestead, Hollywood, or Miami. If you are too injured to travel, we may be able to offer advice over the phone or we may be able to visit your home, hospital, or workplace. Your initial consultation with our law firm comes with no commitment and no cost, so you risk nothing by contacting us today to get a personalized legal evaluation of your situation.