Staircase, Steps, and Ramps - Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in Miami
According to official statistic reports, every year over 1 million Americans suffer personal injuries from accidents involving stairs, steps, or 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. Staircases, steps, and ramps are practically everywhere in Miami; in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, apartment buildings, literally anywhere with more than a ground floor. This may also include train stations, public building such as banks, businesses and commerces. It is the responsibility of architects, engineers, contractors, and masons to make sure staircases, 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. Children are also highly at risk, with statistics revealing that a child falls down a flight of stairs every six minutes, with close to 100,000 children every year arriving to emergency rooms after falling down staircases. When this happens, it is always due to third party negligence as babies and small children are unable to determine the dangers behind stairs or steps.
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 in Miami 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. Though not as dangerous to children as to the elderly, ramps can be treacherous, especially if handrails are loose, slopes are too steep, and surfaces are slippery.How Does the Perazzo Law Firm’s Expert Staff Handle Personal Injuries That Take Place on Staircases, Steps, or Ramps?
Firstly, we meet with the injured party and review the case, and follow-up by gathering all medical records, accident reports, eyewitness testimony, etc. Then we may hire an expert engineer or building specialist to determine whether or not the accident scene meets with city, state, or federal building or property codes, as well as to determine if the accident scene meets the required safety standards for that particular location. For example, if a new staircase was recently built inside a commercial area, and the handrail was not fastened properly, our expert team will determine whether or not the property manager or owner was aware of the situation. Regardless, a loose handrail or slippery stairs merit investigation and compensation for any personal injuries incurred by the accident victim. Many times, it is not the property manager or owner’s who is 100% at fault, but rather the company or individual may be held partially responsible for the faulty construction work which led to personal injury. In other words, someone is legally liable for the handrail being loose and thus, a personal injury compensation claim can be brought-on by one of our personal injury lawyers specializing in slip, trip, or fall incidents on stairs, steps, or ramps.Perazzo Law Shares Best Advice for Personal Injury Claims From Accidents Taking Place on Stairs, Step, or Ramps
First and foremost, contact the proper authorities to report the incident. If the injuries are severe, such as a bone fractures, head injuries, or other, contact medical rescue units for immediate medical attention. In the event of receiving medical attention, keep all records and receipts of any costs for services rendered paid. Secondly, gather eyewitness testimony and get the contact information of anyone that witnessed the accident or can testify to the condition of the stairs, steps, or ramp where the accident took place. Thirdly, contact our Miami or North Miami Beach law offices for professional advice on how to proceed with a personal injury claim for compensation after falling, tripping, or slipping on a staircase, steps, or a ramp in Miami.
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