What to Do When Injured In a Miami Shopping Mall or Store
People slip, trip, and fall in shopping malls, stores, parking lots, walkways, and supermarkets every day. And, when these accidents result in injuries, pain, suffering, and big bills can accrue.
It is important to remember that property owners are responsible for providing a safe environment for the general public and their employees. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation, both for medical expenses and lost wages from work.
When Should I File a Slip-and-Fall Case?
If you are injured and want to file a slip-and-fall claim, you need to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. When you meet with your attorney, bring any documentation you can. This includes medical care information, documentation of missed work days, and any facts you have about the accident itself. Pictures of the area where the accident happened and names of witnesses can be helpful, too.
For personal injury cases, the statute of limitations in Florida is four years. This is according to Florida Statutes Section 95.11. File within the legal time frame and you may be compensated for hospital bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, future medical expenses, and more. Slip-and-fall accident cases can be complex, filing as soon as you are able can help you to secure the compensation you deserve.
What Type of Hazards Cause Accidents?
In order for a slip-and-fall accident to be a personal injury case, the incident has to be due to a property owner not providing a reasonably safe environment. There are many risks that a shop, restaurant, or mall could solve before an injury occurs.
A handful of these hazards are listed here:
- Wet floors, from mopping or waxing
- Grease and oil pools
- Loose cords and cables
- Carpeting with rips and tears
- Broken sidewalks
- Poor lighting and blocked views
- Cluttered spaces
- Uneven steps and walkways
Any of these issues need to be repaired promptly. Until they are fixed, a property owner must post warnings to alert others of the risk. If an owner does not fix a problem or warn others, they can be liable for injuries. After all, the injury is a result of their negligence in maintaining a reasonably safe environment.
Even if a property owner or their insurance is claiming you do not have a case, you might. Do not allow someone else to discredit your injury, you are the one feeling the physical pain and the discomfort of medical bills. After all, falls can be serious. People experience fractured hips, concussions, and back sprains due to slip-and-fall accidents. Instead of taking the word of the property owner or the insurance company, talk to an experienced attorney and know your rights.
If you were injured when you slipped, tripped, or fell in a store, mall, or parking lot, you need a Miami personal injury lawyer you can trust. Contact Spencer Morgan Law at 305-423-3800 or online to discuss your case. Together, we can set up a no-cost, confidential consultation regarding your claim for compensation.