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Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents / Steps, Stairs, & Ramps

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Steps, stairs and ramps that are not properly designed to safeguard against a potential slip, trip or fall accident can lead to a potential personal injury accident claim for compensation in the event of bodily harm, lost wages, or wrongful death due to negligent property owners, business operators, or private  and public institutions. If you, a friend, or relative has suffered a slip, trip or fall accident in Miami when walking up the steps; down a staircase, or on a ramp, there is a chance that the accident may have been prevented. Injuries that occur when climbing up the steps can result in knee or shoulder injury, which depending on the trip accident victim’s age, may require medical care. Slipping on a staircase in shopping mall can result in back injuries, which depending on the person’s physical stature, can lead to spinal cord injury. Sometimes people that slip on a wet surface in Publix may also suffer leg, hip, or shoulder injuries that may require medical attention. Any ones who’s ever been to a doctor knows what a visit to the hospital means to your budget. The elderly are most at high risk of suffering bodily injury from a slip, trip or fall accident in Miami, that is public and private business establishments must provide handrails, clearly marked steps, and level why staircases, steps, and ramps in such as shops, malls, hotels, and anywhere the elderly may. Shop entrances are a common place for trip and fall accidents.

Man Stabbed in Shopping Mall Parking Lot

parking-lot-1192868-214x300West Palm Beach: In a lawsuit brought on by a man stabbed in the parking lot at a West Palm Beach shopping mall, the insurance company was ruled liable for the victim’s injuries. Despite the insurance provider claiming it owed no duty to defend or compensate the stabbing victim for his injuries based on an exclusion to coverage, a federal judge ruled otherwise. Even though the fight did not take place within the bar and grill itself, business operators and owners owe a duty to its patrons to provide safety, both within and outside of the premises which they operate, rent, or own. Jupiter West Plaza, which rents out the space to Uncle Mick’s Bar and Grill, has Mt. Hawley as its insurance provider, which according to Judge Kenneth Marra of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, “Mt. Hawley is not entitled to a declaratory judgment that there is no coverage under the policy for the claims asserted by Frye in the underlying liability action.” Adding: “Mt. Hawley has a continuing duty to defend the claims against the policy holders set forth in the underlying complaint.”

PERAZZO LAW SHARES INSIGHT INTO PREMISES LIABILITY CLAIMS AND PARKING LOT ACCIDENTS

construction-4-1234895-300x225Perazzo Law Serves Construction Worker Accidents and Wrongful Death in Miami-Dade and Broward County

Miami Beach, Florida: A 35-year-old construction worker fell approximately 12ft. at a Miami Beach construction site this past Monday and died shortly after being assisted at Jackson Memorial Hospital, according to the local authorities that arrived to the accident scene. Miami Beach Fire Rescue units reported that the construction worker, an outsourced mason working for the Rinaldi Group, fell from the third floor onto the second floor of a building that was being constructed at 2000 Washington Ave. The construction work accident that led to the worker’s tragic fall is being investigated by officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which according to sources, requires that rebar caps be placed on the ends of any protruding rebar in the event a worker falls onto them while on the job. In this case, officials will have to determine if the construction firm acted negligently by leaving the rebar unprotected. If that is determined to be the case, the construction company may face severe fines to compensate for any wrongful death claims brought on by the victim’s family. Though it is hard to put a price on life, legitimate negligence on behalf of an employer and his/her insurance provider must.

Perazzo Law Shares Insight Into Construction Workers Accidents

stairs-1498688-300x222 Miami and North Miami Beach Law Firm Serving Accident Victims Suffering Personal Injury on Stairs, Steps, and Ramps in Miami.

According to a recent study, over 1 million Americans suffer personal injuries from accidents involving stairs, steps, ramps. This is a whopping figure when you consider that most of these accidents include individuals of all ages, despite the elderly and toddlers among the most at risk. Stairs, steps, and ramps are practically everywhere in Miami; in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, apartment buildings, practically anywhere people need to go and down. According to Florida Premises Liability laws, property owners and those responsible for private or public establishments, are legally liable for any accidents resulting in personal injury brought on by improper maintenance, operating conditions, or unsafe standards which may cause an individual to slip, trip, or fall on said premises. Stairs, steps, and ramps must be kept free of any obstacle, liquid, object, substance, etc., that may lead to someone falling and hurting themselves. The property owner or responsible party may be legally liable to cover any, if not all, medical costs, lost wages, etc., as a result of their negligence to provide safe stairs, steps, or ramps on their premises.

It is the responsibility of architects, engineers, contractors, and masons to make sure stairs, steps, and ramps are properly built in terms of uniformity, elevation and inclination. Steps or staircases that are uneven or ramps that are too steep, can represent risk of injury to the elderly and to those suffering from physical or mental challenges. Vertigo, for example, can cause an elderly person to lose their balance and go tumbling down a flight of stairs, with the results being multiple fractures or even wrongful death.

What To Do After a Slip and Fall Injury

By the Perazzo Law Firm

Slip and fall accidents can be just as common as car accidents. A slip and fall injury can occur anywhere from your favorite restaurant on your family’s night out to your local supermarket picking up groceries for your family. Injuries from slip and fall accidents can vary from sprains that may require time off from work to serious fractures and broken bones that may lead to long-term disability.