What to Do If You Slip, Trip or Fall
Protect your rights. Contact Florida slip and fall accident Attorney Scott M. Miller.
Slip and fall accidents in Florida turn people's lives upside down. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain an injury that can dramatically change your life. You might trip and break your hip - or a loved one might hit their head and sustain a serious brain injury.
Whatever type of slip and fall accident injury you're dealing with, don't try to handle your personal injury case on your own. Make sure you have an experienced attorney on your side, fighting for your rights. Make sure you contact the Law Office of Scott M. Miller. Our team knows that slip and falls might be dismissed as minor by insurance companies. That's why you need an aggressive and knowledgeable law firm behind you. The insurance companies take notice when you are represented by us.
Located in Longwood and serving injury victims throughout Florida, Attorney Miller has years of experience handling complicated slip and fall cases. We know what evidence to look for and we know how to build strong legal cases.
A slip and fall accident claim might arise after an accident in any of the following locations:
- Commercial property such as a store, restaurant or other business.
- Residential property in which a landlord may be liable for injuries to tenants and third parties who use the rental property.
- Government property, such as a post office or a school. Special rules apply that protect government entities, but an injury claim may be brought against a government agency in some cases.
Wherever the accident took place, the person who slipped and fell generally must prove the accident was caused by a dangerous condition and the owner of the property knew about this condition. It also must be shown the owner or possessor of the property failed to correct the issue or the condition existed for so long that the owner or possessor should have discovered the problem and corrected it.
What should I do if I'm injured in a slip and fall accident in Florida?
- Seek medical attention - You might think it's a minor injury, but have it checked out immediately. The reason is twofold: You need to protect your health and your legal rights. By getting medical attention and going to follow-up appointments, you are sending a message that your injury is serious and needs attention.
- Contact the police - While you might not think of calling police for a slip and fall, you should contact law enforcement and tell them you are hurt. The owner or manager of the property might not think this is necessary, but a call to the police will create an official record that could help your claim. An officer who comes to the scene will create an accident report, which can be critical when it comes to being compensated for your injury. This report - along with your medical records - will prove you weren't faking your injury.
- Take photographs - Document everything yourself, as much as you can. Take photos of your accident scene or have someone you trust do so. Pay close attention to the exact spot where you slipped and fell. Are there warning signs there? Safety cones? Were there any visible defects? Was there a dangerous condition?
- Talk to witnesses - Anyone who saw you fall or sees you in pain can be a valuable witness. Get full names, addresses and phone numbers in case anyone needs to talk to them later.
- Contact us - Attorney Miller wants to meet with you and learn more about the details of your slip and fall accident. He can meet you at your home or in your hospital room, as well as his Florida office. Whatever works best for you is what works best for the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller. Don't wait to contact us. The sooner you call, the quicker we can start investigating your case. And if you wait too long, the statute of limitations may expire and you may lose your right to initiate legal proceedings.
Important legal issues involving slip and fall accidents
In 2012, hospital emergency departments nationwide treated 2.4 million older adults for fall injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And in supermarkets alone, slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of injuries to employees and customers.
Slip and fall accidents raise a wide range of legal issues. It's important to be aware of these issues if injured, because you often only have one opportunity to get the compensation you rightfully deserve. You can find more information about four important topics related to slip and fall accidents by clicking on the links below:
- Why Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
- Injured at a Shopping Mall or Department Store
- When a Landlord is Negligent
- Parking Lot Hazards
Don't underestimate the complexity of your slip and fall accident. Even if your case seems straightforward, you could quickly find yourself embroiled in a legal battle with property owners or insurance companies that refuse to pay your slip and fall accident claim. That's why it's critical you contact the Law Office of Scott M. Miller as soon as possible. We understand what you're going through. We'll take your case seriously.
Why should I hire the Law Office of Scott M. Miller?
Attorney Miller trained and worked in Chicago before moving to the Greater Orlando area and starting his own practice. His work as a lawyer in major metropolitan cities has provided him with a wealth of experience. That's why so many injury victims in Florida rely on Attorney Miller to handle their slip and fall case. He has the knowledge and expertise to successfully handle serious injuries.
Scott M. Miller has devoted his entire legal practice to representing individuals who have been injured as a result of others. He knows exactly what's required to mount a successful case that produces desired results. Steps involved in handling a slip and fall claim include:
- Investigating the scene of your injury
- Reviewing the property owner's safety measures
- Carefully analyzing inspection records if applicable
- Negotiating with insurance companies for compensation
- Filing a slip and fall accident lawsuit if necessary
The common causes of slip and fall accidents cover a wide range. In many cases, the reason such accidents occur - especially in public places like hotels and restaurants - is traced back to someone failing to do his or her job. Sometimes, the accident happens because an employee did not properly clean the floor. Other times, a customer is injured because a manager did not properly train a worker or did not hire enough people to adequately do the job. Some of the most common causes include:
- Wet floors - Supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and amusement parks are just some of the places in Florida where visitors may slip and fall due to water on the ground.
- Unmarked hazards - Businesses have a legal obligation to make sure their property is safe and free of hazards like wet tiles, spilled food, piles of dirt or other debris left in public areas.
- Pavement cracks - Sidewalks, parking lots and driveways should be free of large cracks or potholes which could cause serious injuries
- Poor lighting - If you can't see where you're walking, you can easily trip and fall in public places like parking garages, hallways or sidewalks.
One in three adults over the age of 65 years old falls every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And of those adults who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries, according to CDC.
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Injured at a Shopping Mall or Department Store
Orlando and other nearby locations throughout Central Florida contain some of the largest malls in the state and even the country. The 1.8-million-square-foot Florida Mall in Orlando is one of the largest single-story malls in the country. The Mall at Millenia, Orlando Fashion Square and Festival Bay Mall also attract shoppers from around the world.
If you or a loved one slipped and fell in these malls or any other store in Florida, contact Attorney Miller as soon as possible. There may be video surveillance footage of your injury. Such recordings are often erased very quickly. That's why it's important to contact us as soon as possible.
We will aggressively pursue evidence supporting your shopping mall slip and fall accident claim. Large corporations don't intimidate us. We know how to negotiate with them and take legal action if necessary. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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When a Landlord is Negligent
Landlords and other property owners have an obligation to keep sidewalks, hallways, parking garages and other common areas safe and free of hazards. This includes making necessary repairs or inspecting public areas on a regular basis.
If landlords fail to make the necessary improvements and you or a visitor to your home gets hurt in a slip and fall accident, contact us as soon as possible. Our law firm works tirelessly to hold negligent landlords accountable.
To prove negligence in a residential slip and fall, you must show the landlord had control over the condition that caused the accident and that repairing the condition would not have been excessively expensive or difficult. Furthermore, you must show that the failure to correct the problem resulted in the serious injury. And you must show that the accident was a direct result of the landlord's lack of action to correct the problem.
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Parking Lot Hazards
People often get hurt in parking lots for public places in Florida like shopping malls, grocery stores and amusement parks. In many cases, these injuries happen when people slip or trip in the parking lot.
Many parking lot injuries occur because the property owner fails to maintain the lot and make the necessary repairs. As a result, large cracks and potholes form, creating hazards for pedestrians walking to their vehicle or the business.
Bad lighting in poorly maintained parking lots can also be a contributing factor. If you can't see where you're walking, you can easily trip and fall. Parking lot injuries cover a wide range, including head injuries, broken arms or facial injuries.