Trip and fall accidents are some of the most common types personal injury cases in Miami. But did you know the location of a trip and fall can play a major role in determining your settlement? Hallways and walkways are some of the most prone areas for a trip and fall to occur. In public buildings throughout Miami, they can be found both indoors and outdoors. In many cases, these areas can be high above the ground. If a person were to suffer a major fall, it can result in a catastrophic injury that can permanently affect the victim’s quality of life. If you have been injured in a trip and fall in Miami, it is important fully understand how your settlement is determined.
Just like any personal injury case in Miami, trip and fall accidents require the victim to prove negligence. The property owner is responsible for providing safe conditions for all visitors. But trip and falls involve much more than just the maintenance of flooring and keeping wires or debris away from guests. There are some other some other factors to consider.
Any walkway that requires visitors to take three or more steps up or down should have a handrail. Public buildings must comply with standard building codes. One of the most significant is that handrails must end at a minimum of 18 inches after the end of elevation. But even if the walkway has a handrail, there are some important questions that need to be answered. What materials were used to construct the handrail? What was used to attach the handrail to the wall? Was the handrail sturdy? Was the handrail noticeable?
They are often one of the most overlooked aspects of commercial property. Property owners of multi-level buildings must have a railing to passageways. This includes condominiums, apartments, and shopping centers. A fall from high elevation can cause brain trauma, a cracked skull, spinal damage and even death.
Poor visibility is often a major culprit in slip and fall accidents. When there is poor lighting, visitors have a difficult time seeing any debris or potential hazards around them. But it goes beyond just having good light bulbs. Lighting also encompasses how much direct or indirect light enters the building along with the amount of glare it can cause. Many buildings, such as hotels and nightclubs use low lighting to create a more aesthetic appeal. But keep in mind, those practices can ultimately prove dangerous to your customers.
Just about every public building has trash bins, floor mats, plants or sculptures, but they can also be a hazard if placed improperly. Any mat or rug must be properly secured to the floor. While most of these object are fine, they should never cause an obstruction to any guests or impede their movement.
If you have been injured in a trip and fall accident in Miami, it is important to seek representation from an experienced personal injury lawyer that can help achieve the best possible settlement. To learn more, contact the legal team at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.