Anybody can be caught unaware by a puddle of slick floor or a loose railing, often resulting in what is commonly called a slip-and-fall accident. Damage from this type of everyday accident can range from minor bruises to a life-threatening emergency. As many in Miami probably know, sadly, the severity of the injury is often significantly worse the older a person gets.
The facts are staggering
According to researchers, falls are the leading source of injury and injury-related death among people in the United States 65 and older. It’s estimated that someone in this age group falls every second of each day. Plus, one out of four seniors is expected to fall this year. About 30,000 deaths are the result of falls each year, and 3 million older Americans are treated for fall-related injuries. One in five of these falls cause serious injuries, such as skull cracks, brain damage, broken hips, fractured arms and spinal cord injuries.
Oftentimes, a slip-and-fall will happen on somebody else’s property, like at your work, a business or a public place. At times like these, the slip-and-fall might not be the fault of the person injured. Falls can occur because of hazards like uneven, wet or greasy flooring, unsecured electric cords and torn rugs, which should have been properly marked with warning signs. When you fall on another’s property, the property owner could be liable for your injuries.
When the fall isn’t your fault
If you have been seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident and believe someone else is liable, it’s vital that you understand and exercise your rights. Talk to an experienced Miami personal injury attorney who can fight on your behalf and see that you get the fairest treatment and the most compensation possible under Florida law.