Hotel Slip and Fall Accident
One of the most common premises liability claims, even in hotels, is known as a slip and fall. It occurs when some issue with a property’s ground or flooring causes an individual to lose their footing and fall to the ground. In most cases, the height of the fall is length of the person. However, there are cases in which a person falls from a greater height, such as from one floor of a building to another or over a ledge.
Slip and falls consistently lead to injuries. The individual who fell may suffer only minor injuries. However, bone fractures, back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries are not unusual, and these can all be considered serious injuries. Whatever the type and extent of the injury, if the fall was due to the hotel owner or manager’s careless upkeep of the premises, then the injured individual may have a legal claim. Based on Florida’s premises liability law, the slip and fall victim may be able to pursue compensation.
At Gerson & Schwartz P.A., our Miami hotel slip and fall accident attorneys are here to help individuals understand their legal rights and options. If a slip and fall victim wishes to pursue a legal claim, we will guide them through the process and fight for their right to compensation.
If you were injured at a Miami hotel, call us at (877) 475-2905.Common Causes of Slips and Falls
Slip and fall accidents occur for a variety of reasons, though these reasons are predominantly issues with flooring. In hotels, slip and falls may occur because of:
- Uneven stairs or steps
- Lack of stair railings
- Slippery surfaces, which can arise from cleaning products or around a pool
- Pooled liquids, such as puddles of water in an elevator
- Loose carpet
- Cords in walkways
- Clutter and debris on the ground
- Unexpected rises and falls in walkways/uneven surfaces
- Exiting vehicles, such as shuttle vans to and from the airport
- Dim lighting
Falls can occur throughout hotels, including in rooms, bathrooms, on pool and spa decks, in adjoining restaurants, and in gift shops. A fall may occur inside the hotel itself, or outside, on the hotel’s property. If you or a loved one suffered a fall at a hotel in Florida, contact a hotel slip and fall accident attorney in Miami right away.
Injuries Resulting From a Slip and Fall Most people have taken a tumble once or twice in their life. A fall can often be recovered from quickly and with a few scrapes and bruises. But this is not always the case. Falls can result in significant harm, particularly for the elderly or those with health conditions, or if the individual falls down stairs or from a height. Slip and fall accident claims are common because these incidents can injuries, such as:
- Severe lacerations that could lead to scarring
- Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains
- Bone fractures, including broken wrists and hips
- Dislocated shoulder
- Chipped teeth or loss of teeth
- Concussions or more serious traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spine injuries, including herniated disks
- Spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis
If you experienced one or more of these injuries after falling at a hotel, the best thing you can do for yourself is to obtain legal advice and help. A hotel slip and fall accident lawyer in Miami can investigate the situation and gather evidence on your behalf. Through this research, your lawyer will gain a better perspective on the strength of your case and can then advise you on the best way to proceed. If you have a valid premises liability claim against the hotel, then your attorney can represent you in filing an insurance claim or lawsuit.When a Hotel May be Responsible for Your Fall
If you slip and fall at a hotel, suffering injuries, you should speak with a lawyer right away regarding who is at fault and liable. The hotel is not automatically liable for your incident. Under Florida’s premises liability law, you must be able to prove that the hotel, or more like one of the hotel employees or agents, was negligent.
In Florida, landowners owe a high duty of care to business invitees. If you are a guest in a hotel, then you are an invitee. The hotel must keep all of its property in a safe condition. It must inspect the property to find hazards, which it is then responsible for repairing, cutting of access to, or warning hotel guests about. Under state law, since business owners have a proactive duty to keep the property safe for invitees, they can be held responsible for dangers they should have known about, not just dangers they actually knew about.Contact a Miami Hotel Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one suffered a serious fall in a Miami hotel and now you are dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial effects of that fall, do not hesitate to call Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. to learn more about Florida premises liability law. Our team has years of experience bring premises liability claims, proving when property owners are negligent, and obtaining the most compensation possible for our clients.
You can contact us online or call our Miami-Dade County office at (305) 371-6000.