In the Sunshine State, people can walk to local shops, beaches, parks, and public spaces within neighborhoods by utilizing sidewalks and crosswalks daily. While walking on sidewalks is generally safe, Florida’s pedestrians are not free of any hazards or dangers while using sidewalks. Many unsafe conditions, such as uneven surfaces, have contributed to many slip-and-fall accidents throughout the state.
In the United States, falls account for eight million emergency department visits annually, and slip-and-fall accidents account for over one million falls. Although various factors contribute to the severity and possibility of injury, slip-and-fall accidents are dangerous in every age group. If you have traveled by foot on a Florida sidewalk and were injured due to an uneven sidewalk, partnering with a board-certified personal injury lawyer at Baker Legal Team may help you gather the evidence for an eligible injury claim.
Common Injuries From a Slip-and-Fall Accident
Walking or running on public sidewalks is a part of the day for many people. Unfortunately, uneven sidewalks and other public walkway hazards can cause harmful accidents. Trees, construction, lack of maintenance and repair, erosion, and other factors contribute to the changing conditions of walkways and sidewalks. When a slip-and-fall accident occurs, the effects and types of injuries may vary among age groups and other factors regarding the circumstances of the accident.
Common injuries from a slip-and-fall accident due to an uneven sidewalk include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Concussions or TBI
- Leg, knee, and ankle injuries
- Cuts or lacerations
- Hip injuries
- Arm, elbow, or wrist injuries
- Muscle strain or tear
Tripping on a broken or uneven sidewalk can happen to anyone. However, age and overall health play an essential role in the types of injuries one may endure from falling. Especially in severe cases, the elderly often experience serious challenges from a fall incident.
If you have been injured due to an uneven sidewalk, it is common to wonder who may be liable and if an attorney would be able to help in these situations. Regardless, a personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and determine your eligibility for recovering compensation.
Who Is Responsible for an Uneven Sidewalk Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Sidewalks are outside and often open to the public, so determining liability in a slip-and-fall case can be complex because different parties may have played a role in the negligence that led to your injuries. After a significant fall and apparent injuries, you may wonder if you can sue the parties responsible for the uneven sidewalk that caused you harm. Many myths surround Florida slip-and-fall claims, but speaking with an attorney can help you understand your rights.
Negligent parties that may hold liability in your slip-and-fall claim include:
- Property owners
- Business owners
- A municipality
- Tenants or occupants
When another person is to blame for the accident that caused you harm, seek professional legal advice from your attorney regarding the next steps. Doctor’s office visits, time off work, and medical treatments may be a part of your life after a slip-and-fall injury. Baker Legal Team’s knowledgeable legal professionals are dedicated and equipped to investigate evidence, provide the right resources, and successfully handle a personal injury lawsuit.
What Kind of Compensation Is Recoverable for an Injury Claim?
Any time someone is injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, varying damages and life changes occur. Through filing a personal injury claim, many find relief from the life changes and necessary medical expenses that result from accident-related injuries. We can’t change the accident that harmed you, but our legal team can work to recover the maximum compensation in your case.
Recoverable compensation that may be available after a Florida slip-and-fall accident includes:
- Loss of wages, employment, or earning capacity
- Current and future medical bills for accident-related injuries
- Permanent injury, disfigurement, or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
- Punitive damages
If you have suffered injuries due to an uneven sidewalk accident, speaking with an attorney and filing a claim may help you recover. While you focus on your well-being and health needs, a skilled attorney and resourceful legal team may work to gather the witnesses, expert testimony, proof of negligence and liability, and other legal resources that help your case.
Statute of Limitations for Florida Personal Injury Cases
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in varying injuries for every individual. Some people trip over uneven sidewalks and don’t see the significant injuries or effects they have endured. Other times, emergent injuries or severe falls lead to urgent cases.
Florida has a statute of limitations of four years for personal injury claims with a negligent party such as a citizen. For cases with a municipal party at fault, a notice of claim is required within three years of the fall. Speaking with an attorney immediately following a slip-and-fall accident helps your chances of recovering compensation and pursuing legal action against those at fault.
A Dedicated Attorney at Baker Legal Team May Help You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, on public or private properties. Injuries can vary from mild to severe depending on the circumstances surrounding a fall caused by an uneven sidewalk. Nonetheless, any injured person has a right to seek legal advice from a skilled attorney and pursue the compensation they are eligible for by filing a claim against liable parties.
Though a slip-and-fall claim may become complex to prove liability for, our board-certified personal injury attorney, Robert Baker, brings years of expertise to every injury case. Complete a contact form or call (561) 320-0000 to speak with a team member at our Boca Raton office.