Port St. Lucie Slip And Fall Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents are no laughing matter to injured Port St. Lucie victims
carrying only a water bottle, a Port St. Lucie man inadvertently tripped on a Gatorade sign that had fallen from a display rack inside the local WalMart. His slip and fall tore his bicep in his right arm.
The man, left with a lifelong deformity that inhibits the use of his right arm, was awarded nearly $1.3 million by a circuit court jury in St. Lucie County to compensate for injuries resulting from what, too often, are perceived as minor mishaps – unless you are one of the injured.
Slipping and falling is often thought of as an everyday incident, so much so that it’s one of the staples of physical comedy. The consequences of an unexpected slip and fall can be anything, but funny. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that slips and falls lead to 15 percent of all accidental deaths at places of work, a number exceeded only by motor vehicle collisions. Between 20-30 percent of those who suffer a slip and fall will receive a serious injury.
Workplaces and business have a legal obligation to protect employees and visitors from slippery surfaces by providing adequate warning, keeping them maintained and closing them off when necessary. When businesses fail in this duty, and it leads to an injury, victims of slip and falls can file an insurance claim or take the responsible party to court where fair compensation can be awarded for medical expenses, lost work time and suffering.
Slip, and falls can happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone. More than one million Americans will slip and fall each year. Unfortunately, at some time, you may be susceptible to a slip-and-fall accident. Injuries like these due to the negligence of another are common, everyday misfortunes that affect people from all walks of life.
A slip and fall accident doesn’t take much: oil spills or wet floors; improperly applied wax or cleaning fluids clumsily discarded; protruding shelving; broken concrete or holes, grooves or depressions in floors and walking surfaces; torn or piled carpeting; or narrow and uneven stairs.
Of these hazards-waiting-to-happen, same-level walking surfaces account for the majority of slip-and-fall accidents and 65 percent of the injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than half of these incidents occur at service, wholesale and retail trade industries; establishments we all frequent.
Walking and working surfaces, parking lots, entryways, and sidewalks all present common, yet, often overlooked hazards. Studies have also suggested that about half of all floors fail to meet safety criteria needed to reduce slip-and-fall accidents.
While same-level falls occur more frequently, elevated mishaps – most commonly from a height of less than 10 feet – are often far more severe and can involve traumatic head injuries or fractures to the hip, spine, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.
The likelihood of suffering any of these injuries increases with age. Consider that each year in the United States one of every three people 65 and older will experience a fall; half of whom are repeat victims.
If these complications weren’t severe enough, slip, and falls can also result in death. Approximately 19,565 people die in the United States annually due to injuries caused by unintentional falls. And the potential for fatalities increases with age. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for those aged 85 and above and the second-ranked threat of injury and death for those between ages 64-85.
Injuries due to the negligence of another can turn a life upside down. Securing compensation for injuries won’t make matters any easier. With only a few exceptions, all types of businesses have uniform OSHA regulations they have to follow in keeping their premises safe from slip-and-fall hazards. This means the onus to prove negligence on the part of a business owner will fall on the injured party.
As a practical matter, most business will have an insurance policy in place to cover slip and falls and trip and fall injuries. An insurance provider, in most cases, will offer a settlement in return for an agreement to not pursue the matter in court.
The truth is only about 4 percent of all personal injury claims reach trial. That said, having an experienced legal team to evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights and options can be instrumental in ensuring proper compensation for your injuries and related damages are delivered.
A slip and fall may be a common accident, but your circumstances are unique to you. If you have suffered injuries from a slip and fall, don’t question yourself. Ask the Shiner Law Group instead about whether or not you may have a claim. The resourceful legal attorneys at the Shiner Law Group have the experience and knowledge to provide you with the answers that will set your mind at ease. Call the Shiner Law Group at 772-777-7700 to set up a free consultation.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another, we welcome you to contact our experienced legal team so that we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights and options. We are committed to helping victims recover the compensation they need to move past injuries or loss, so call us 24/7 at 772-777-7700 or online for a free case review to see how we can help. The Shiner Law Group represents fatality victims in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Fort Pierce, Melbourne, Port St. Lucie, and throughout the surrounding counties.