Whether visiting public or private property in Miami, you have a reasonable expectation of safety; landlords, property owners, and businesses alike all are expected to maintain premises safe to visitors and guests. Unfortunately, some property owners fail to take care of their properties, which can quickly result in severe injuries. Other times, they may leave hazards in place that you have little knowledge about, causing you to suffer injury. Did you suffer serious injuries in a premises liability accident in Miami? Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA can help you understand your right to compensation. Contact us today at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) to schedule a free consultation.
About Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
The award-winning attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe have experience successfully negotiating and litigating premises liability cases. We focus our practice on representing individuals who have sustained injuries (or lost loved ones) in preventable accidents, including premises liability accidents. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our past clients, and we offer free consultations to prospective clients. Contact us today to discuss the details of your premises liability accident and to determine your eligibility to pursue compensation for your injuries. At Sibley Dolman Gipe, we have the resources and experience of a large firm, and we strive to provide the accessibility and compassionate representation of a small firm, giving our clients the best of both worlds. We have offices conveniently located on both Florida coasts, including in Miami, and we encourage you to reach out sooner rather than later so that we can get started on building your case as soon as possible.
Our Past Successes in Premises Liability Cases
The experienced legal team at Sibley Dolman Gipe represents individuals who have sustained injuries on someone else’s property due to the property owner’s negligence. We also represent the families of individuals who have lost their lives in such accidents. Whether it’s a slip and fall accident, poor building maintenance, or a fire that leads to your injuries, we have the skills and experience necessary to represent you in court and during pretrial negotiations, including mediation. While we cannot guarantee a favorable result in your case, we can promise to work hard to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. In the past, we have recovered $82,000 for a client who sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident and $300,000 for a client who fell in a poorly-maintained restaurant parking lot. These are just a few examples of our many successes. If you’ve sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a premises liability accident, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.
Where Do Premises Liability Accidents Take Place in Miami?
Premises liability accidents can happen in many locations, both public and private. Some of the most common sites for these accidents include construction sites, restaurants, businesses, schools, and private homes. In Miami, which is large, bustling, and full of both residents and tourists, premises liability accidents occur frequently and throughout the city. Recently, a serious accident occurred in the heart of downtown Miami on a construction site for one of Miami’s tallest towers. Furthermore, an apartment fire in North Miami injured three people. These are just a few examples of accidents around Miami that could lead to a premises liability claim. If you suffered injuries on someone else’s property in the Miami area, contact a premises liability attorney to discuss the details of your accident and to determine your eligibility to seek compensation.
Navigating Miami Premises Liability Injuries
Premises liability injuries can occur any time the owner or operator negligently maintains a property or fails to warn visitors about potential hazards. You may, for example, suffer injuries due to improperly maintained stairs, which could crumble under your feet, or failure to install a handrail. Private property owners and the owners of business properties or public locations may have to adhere to different regulations based on the people that visit those properties and anticipated dangers. However, private property owners also bear a duty of care to visitors to those properties and should exercise care in ensuring that they do not face unexpected hazards.
Pools and marinas are a common sight in Miami. Both private property owners and public facilities must exercise particular care around pools and hot tubs, which should receive adequate security to reduce the risk of severe accidents. Drowning injuries may occur at the time of the incident, resulting in death, or have severe repercussions, including the inhalation of chemicals in the pool, which can have long-term implications for the victim.
Business owners should seal off wiring to prevent potential electrical hazards, including electrocution. Often, electrical hazards arise from failure to properly close or seal off wiring: a patron of a business brushes against the box or exposed wires while looking for another item, for example. Electrical hazards can cause electrical burns, which may pose a more potent hazard than other types of burns. While electrical burn victims may have clear burn marks where the electricity entered and/or exited their body, they may also suffer from internal damage, including organ damage, that may pose a more substantial hazard and result in long-term limitations for the victim.
In addition to the risk of electrical burns, negligence on the part of property owners can lead to burns in several ways. Water heaters, for example, can pose a potential danger if the facility owner turns the temperature of the water heater too high. If a fire does break out in a building, and the building does not have adequate exits or fire suppression systems, it can lead to more serious injuries for victims trapped inside the building. Burn injuries not only cause more pain than nearly any other type of injury, they also have a high risk of further complications. Burns strip away the skin, which provides vital protection against bacteria entering the body. With so much flesh exposed, many victims face a high risk of infection. To decrease the risk of infection, many burn victims stay in a special burn unit in the hospital. While burn units provide a more sterile environment where victims may face fewer complications, they do not eliminate that risk.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries represent one of the most common types of premises liability claims. A slip and fall can occur incredibly easily, especially if the owner or renter on the property does not take steps to reduce those hazards. Slip and fall accidents in Miami can occur due to wet flooring, ripped or broken flooring, or improperly maintained stairs or walkways. Traumatic brain injury. If a slip and fall victim hits his head, either on the ground or on an object in the way, it can create enough force to result in traumatic brain injury. With victims of even minor traumatic brain injury often showing symptoms more than a year after the initial incident, victims may have a long road to recovery ahead of them. Not only does traumatic brain injury often result in the loss of memory frequently portrayed by popular media, it can also result in complications, including:
- Lack of focus
- Loss of short-term memory
- Trouble managing emotions or preventing outbursts
- Mood swings
- Poor impulse control
- Difficulty sleeping, which can exacerbate the other symptoms of traumatic brain injury
Back and neck injuries. Back and neck injuries often cause immense pain in the victim. Many victims with back and neck injuries struggle with pain while standing, sitting, and engaging in mundane tasks. Worse, slip and fall accidents can result in spinal cord injuries, in which the spinal cord is severed as a result of the accident. If the spinal cord severs completely, it typically causes full paralysis below the site of the injury. Even incomplete spinal cord damage, however, can result in decreased mobility, function, and feeling below the injury. Broken hips. Elderly individuals often prove particularly prone to broken hips resulting from slip and fall accidents. Broken hips often lead to excruciating pain and may require surgical attention. In some elderly individuals, a broken hip may mean never regaining full mobility and independence. For a small percentage of elderly broken hip victims, the injury can result in death. Broken bones in the hands and arms. Many people, when falling, will try to break the fall by throwing out their hands or arms. Unfortunately, depending on the force of the accident, this defensive movement can quickly break bones. Often, victims of fall accidents suffer from multiple broken bones in the hands and arms. These breaks, which may require surgical attention and considerable physical therapy for the victim to recover as much as possible, may make it impossible for the victim to engage in usual self-care or work tasks while recovering.
Miami Premises Accidents: Who Bears Liability?
In many cases, the owner of a Miami premises, whether business or private dwelling, will bear liability for an accident that occurs on that property. However, the owner may not bear sole liability. Sometimes, another entity operating on that property may have taken the steps that posed a danger to others and resulted in your accident. Suppose, for example, that a business renting space in a facility chose to block fire exits, resulting in severe injuries to the people using that business in a fire. The business may, therefore, bear liability for those injuries. Likewise, if you trip over cords placed by a vendor at a convention or event, the vendor may bear liability for the position of those cords and, therefore, for injuries suffered as a result of that decision.
Claiming Compensation After a Miami Premises Liability Accident
Following a serious accident on a Miami property, you may have questions about the compensation you can claim. While that compensation cannot help you turn back the clock and avoid your accident, it can provide you with some of the funds you need to handle the financial challenges that may arise as a result of your accident. Often, the compensation you ultimately receive will depend on the insurance policy that covers the party that caused your accident. Most property owners and business owners carry property liability insurance, which will protect individuals who suffer injuries on that property. However, the amount of compensation you can claim may depend on the limits of that policy. An attorney can look over the insurance policy that applies to your particular claim and give you a better idea of how much compensation you can expect for your injuries.
What injuries did you suffer in your Miami premises liability accident?
In most premises liability claims, including premises liability claims, the cost of your medical bills will form the foundation of your claim. Your medical expenses may mount quickly, especially if you suffered severe injuries that require long-term care. The cost of ambulance transport alone may seem daunting. Then, you must factor in the cost of emergency care, the cost of hospitalization, and the cost of any procedures performed to treat your injuries. As the injured party, you may find yourself overwhelmed by your medical bills. You can claim compensation for those medical expenses as part of your premises liability claim, which can make it easier for you to balance your financial needs with the cost of the treatment you need. Keep track of all medical expenses associated with your accident, including:
- Emergency transport and treatment
- Procedures to treat your injuries
- Durable medical equipment, including items like crutches, braces, and wheelchairs
- Follow-up appointments
- Long-term care, including in-home care or a stay in a long-term care facility
- The cost of therapy, including physical, occupational, and psychological therapy related to your injuries.
An experienced premises liability attorney can provide you with more information about how to calculate the cost of your medical bills, including the anticipated cost of future medical bills, and how those expenses may influence your claim.
How much time did you lose at work because of your Miami premises liability injuries?
Not only do you have medical bills adding up fast after your accident, you may need to figure out how to manage the loss of your income while you recover. Many accident victims cannot return to work immediately after their injuries. Even if your employer will work with you to get you back to work as soon as possible, you may have trouble dealing with ongoing appointments, or you may have continuing symptoms that make it impossible for you to complete your work responsibilities. For example, if you suffered broken bones in your hands during a slip and fall accident, you may have a hard time sitting down behind a computer and typing while you wait for your injuries to heal. Talk to an attorney about how to include the wages you lost as part of your premises liability claim.
What suffering did you face as a result of your Miami premises liability injuries?
Tangible financial losses may barely touch the surface of your suffering following your accident. In fact, you may have trouble assigning a dollar value to your greatest losses. Talk to an attorney about how to include elements of pain and suffering, including both physical pain and emotional anguish, as part of your premises liability claim.
A Miami Premises Liability Attorney Can Help
If you suffered injuries in a Miami premises liability accident, an attorney at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can offer numerous advantages to your claim. Our experienced premises liability attorneys can go over the details of your accident and put together a compelling claim that will significantly increase the odds that you will receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.We can also make sure that you understand how much compensation you deserve. Often, when working with an insurance company, you will receive a settlement offer soon after your accident. That offer usually sounds compelling, but may not reflect the full compensation you really deserve for your injuries. If you accept it, however, it can prevent you from later pursuing the compensation you really deserve for those losses. An attorney can help you determine when to accept a settlement offer and when to continue to negotiate for the compensation you really deserve. Furthermore, we can take over negotiations on your behalf as you manage your premises liability claim. Having someone else to take care of those important communications can free you up to focus on your recovery and reduce much of the stress associated with your premises liability claim. Many victims also find that working with an experienced premises liability attorney can increase the compensation they ultimately receive for their injuries.
Did You Suffer Injuries in a Miami Premises Liability Accident?
Premises liability accidents often prove severe and can change victims’ lives forever. Following a Miami premises liability accident, you may need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you learn more about your right to compensation and to negotiate at your side. At Sibley Dolman Gipe, we focus our practice on representing individuals who have sustained injuries in preventable accidents, including accidents on someone else’s property. We have successfully litigated and settled numerous premises liability cases in the past, and we bring our skills and resources to every case that we handle. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a Miami premises liability accident, contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) for a free consultation with one of our award-winning attorneys.
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