Imagine walking down a city street, or perhaps a beach boardwalk, enjoying a day out with your family. The last thing you expect is to encounter a situation where you get injured. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents happen often and can have life altering consequences, even if the fall seemed minor at the time that it happened.
At the Dante Law Firm, we understand that accidents happen and that they may not be your fault. Sometimes, people get injured due to the negligence of a property owner or by a local government failing to maintain their property. If you’ve experienced an injury that you believed happened because of the negligence of another party, you may need to find a slip and fall attorney in Hallandale Beach.
If you or a loved one fall on someone else’s property, you need to be aware of your rights. Sometimes a slip and fall results in an obvious injury such as a sprained limb or broken bone. Perhaps even a concussion. Sometimes, though, the initially seems minor. This doesn’t mean there won’t be complications later. Internal injuries are not usually immediately visible, but may manifest themselves hours, or even weeks later.
Regardless of how major, a slip and fall injury can lead to significant medical bills and possibly even long-term disability.
A municipality or property owner may be at fault when it comes to slip and fall injuries. Perhaps the pavement was uneven and caused an accident or a curb was higher than was allowed. Both would be cases in which regulations may have been violated and not address.
Sometimes when we fall, we are embarrassed and think it is our fault. In fact, a property owner would like you to believe that. This is the reason that so many slip and fall injuries go unreported. What you may not know is that there may have been multiple slip and fall injuries at the same location, caused by the same thing. In that case, the property owner likely knew about the hazard and did nothing to fix it.
In Florida, you need to be aware of a few things with slip and fall injuries, particularly if you believe a property owner’s negligence caused the accident. A lawsuit must be filed within four years of the accident, according to Florida state law. However, it is important to start the process as early as possible after an accident so the time frame does not expire.
If you suffer a slip and fall injury, immediately report it to the property owner. Ensure that it is documented properly and follow the procedures put in place. If handled properly, the property owner will assist in getting you medical attention and follow through with their insurance. If this doesn’t happen, you may need to contact a slip and fall attorney in Hallandale Beach. Here at the Dante Law Firm, we are ready to help you. You can contact us by clicking here or by calling us at 305-949-2526.