Miami Slip Accident Lawyer
If you suffered a fractured leg, broken wrist, concussion, soft tissue injury, or any other type of injury caused by tripping and falling, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. While a slip and fall sounds like only a minor accident on paper, the truth is that they can lead to permanent or long-term injury and disability. Not only is the negligent property owner responsible for your medical expenses caused by the fall, but you can also seek additional damages, such as lost wages from having to take time off work. The Miami slip accident lawyer at Spencer Morgan Law will guide you through the claims process from start to end, dramatically improving your odds of receiving the amount of compensation that you deserve.
Did The Property Owner Have Knowledge of the Hazard?
In order for the at-fault party (whoever they may be, which includes property owners, landlords, property managers, and businesses) to be liable for your slip and fall and resulting injury, it must be established that they had knowledge of an existing hazard, as well as a reasonable amount of time to address the hazard. In a big box store, for example, a hazard might be a slippery front entrance caused by rain. As part of their duties, a manager or employee would be responsible for either laying out mats to reduce the chances of a customer slipping, placing caution signs, or mopping up/drying the wet entrance. Failure to do so would be considered allowing a hazard to exist. However, the business in this scenario would potentially require some amount of time between the rain storm starting, customers tracking in water on their shoes and making the floor wet, and taking action to resolve the hazard. Five minutes might not be considered enough time, while two hours likely would.
What is Constructive Knowledge?
To continue using the above scenario, a customer or staff member does not have to inform the big box store manager about a slipping hazard in order for the store to have knowledge of the hazard. Simply having constructive knowledge will do. Constructive knowledge refers to when a party is presumed to know something simply because they should have known.
Contact a Miami Trip and Fall Accident Attorney
Whether you slipped on spilled merchandise, a puddle of rainwater, or a greasy fast food restaurant floor, you may be able to seek financial compensation from the property owner. A trip and fall accident personal injury claim can pay for all of your medical expenses, as well as your pain and suffering, lost wages and earning ability, emotional distress, and more. The only way to secure fair compensation, however, is by working with a skilled Miami slip and fall accident lawyer. To get in touch with one of our slip and fall lawyers for a free consultation, call Spencer Morgan Law at 305-423-3800. As a client, you owe us nothing if we do not win your case.