Broken bones, spinal cord fractures, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), soft tissue damage, and painful cuts and bruises are some of the serious injuries people sustain in slip and fall accidents in Florida. Nationwide, the staggering statistics show that millions of people are injured in slip and falls every year, and these unfortunate injuries cost billions of dollars annually. Among the elderly population, they are a leading cause of catastrophic injuries and even death. From 2007 to 2016, fall fatalities rose by 30% among seniors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you’ve incurred injuries because you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, your medical bills may be piling up, and you may not be able to work while you recover. You may be unsure of where to turn for help. Contact a Fort Lauderdale slip and fall attorney at David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. today for help. To schedule a free consultation of your case, contact us.
Slip and Fall Prevention
Sometimes people fall by accident because they simply aren’t looking where they are going, or even stumble over their own two feet. But slipping, tripping, and falling also occur because of the negligence of others who have not kept their properties safely maintained, or who have allowed clutter to build up. Slip and fall accidents happen at workplaces, at stores and other public businesses, at concerts and events, at other people’s homes, and at a whole host of places where people gather.
If you’re a property owner, it’s important to survey your property for slip and fall dangers. You don’t want people to fall and get injured while visiting your property. And you also don’t want to potentially be held liable should such an injury occur.
Here are some things you can do to help prevent visitors to your property, and yourself, from suffering slips, trips, and falls:
- Keep floors clean, dry and free of spills and other debris.
- Post clear warning signs indicating hazards like recently mopped floors or uneven footing.
- Remove unsecured rugs and other possible trip dangers from floors.
- Ensure any rugs used have a non-skid backing.
- Be sure stairs have handrails, and the rails are in working order.
- Fix broken or uneven stairs and steps.
- Remove clutter from floors and tight spaces like hallways.
- Repair potholes and uneven or cracked walking surfaces.
- Make sure rooms, hallways, and stairways are well-lit.
- Avoid running power cords and cables across walkways.
Florida Statute of Limitations on Slip and Fall Claims
If you are seriously injured in a slip and fall accident because of a property owner’s negligence, and the insurance company isn’t offering a fair settlement, you may be considering a personal injury claim. If you do consider taking such action, it’s important for you to know that there is a statute of limitations in Florida for filing a claim for slip and fall damages. The deadline for filing is four years from the time the fall accident occurred. Even if your injuries don’t show up until much later, you only have four years from the date of the incident itself to file.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Lawyer for Help
An experienced attorney who is familiar with Florida’s personal injury and premises liability laws can help you get through what can be a difficult and confusing time. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident because of someone else’s negligence, contact the David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. for a free, initial evaluation of your case. Reach out through the online form today.