Slips and falls are the third-leading cause of death from unintentional injuries and accidents. In 2016 alone, 34,673 died both at home and in the workplace because of falling. This can happen by falling from one level to another but many fatal falls occur on the same level.
While some falls may be the result of the victim’s own fault, others can be attributed to someone else’s negligent or reckless act. For example, if someone spilled oil on the floor and did not clean it up or if the property owner knew about a faulty railing and did not replace it.
Have you been injured by slipping or falling? Contact an experienced Miami slip and fall lawyer at The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
When Can You Claim Compensation?
Most slips and falls are minor. The injured party may suffer a few bruises, cuts, or scrapes, and possibly a bruised ego. However, falling a certain way — or from one level to another — can cause serious damage to the body. Some victims may never fully recover depending on the severity of their injuries.
Victims will not always be able to claim compensation for their injuries. In order to claim compensation, another party must be found negligent or reckless.
For example, if the victim fell from a broken staircase or because of a faulty railing, the property owner may be liable if the damage was known and not addressed. Likewise, if something is spilled in the supermarket and no attempt is made to clean up the slippery floor or warn others of the hazard, the store can be held liable.
The best way to learn whether you can claim compensation for your injury is by contacting a qualified Miami slip and fall lawyer.
What Kind of Damages Can You Claim?
When you are injured and someone else is at fault, you most likely can claim monetary compensation. After all, with medical expenses and lost time off work, the injury is costing you a lot of money.
Common damages you can claim include:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
Why Hire a Miami Slip and Fall Attorney?
Just because victims may be eligible for damages does not mean that insurance companies or other entities will willingly hand over the cash. You may already be dealing with trauma from healing from your injuries, you do not need the frustration of fighting for your compensation.
At The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., we will fight aggressively for the compensation that you deserve. We know how to beat insurance companies at their own game, and will not stop fighting for you until you are properly compensated. Contact an experienced Miami slip and fall lawyer today at The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A.