A simple slip on an uneven or wet surface on the job or outside a business can cost you a lot more than an afternoon in the emergency room. Slip/trip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries that leave you unable to work, enjoy hobbies, or complete basic tasks without pain.
Slip/trip and fall accidents can occur anywhere that a spilled substance, loose floorboard, or other hazard has been left in the way of foot traffic. When the property owner or employer fails to maintain a safe premises or provide a warning of potential hazards, they may be found liable for the cost of the injured party’s damages.
Each slip/trip and fall case is unique, and the circumstances of your accident will influence what legal recourse you have to reclaim damages. Before offering a formal statement or agreeing to a settlement, you should always consult an attorney with a successful track record of recovering compensation for slip/trip and fall victims. A qualified slip/trip and fall lawyer will be able to help you determine liability and identify which damages to pursue.
KMW Legal Can Help With Your Slip/Trip and Fall Accident
Our founding partners have been recognized multiple times for their exceptional legal service by their peers. KMW Legal is also exceptional in that all three of our founding partners have a background in trial experience, with our own Paul Walsh receiving the prestigious designation of being named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the U.S.
KMW Legal’s background and tenacity have earned us the trust of many West Palm Beach slip and fall clients who found themselves burdened by medical debt and lost wages caused by slip and fall injuries. We have protected the rights of numerous injured clients seeking compensation in slip/trip and fall accidents, even when that required us to take insurance companies to trial.
We encourage you to take advantage of our legal insight in a free strategy session with our team. KMW Legal doesn’t ask for any upfront payment or commitment from our clients, nor do we expect them to have a complete understanding of all their options- that’s our job. We look forward to hearing your story and explaining your avenues for compensation in a slip/trip and fall claim.
Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents Can Result in Serious Injuries
The National Safety Council reports that in 2019, 6.8 million people required a trip to the emergency room after suffering a fall, which is approximately the equivalent of the population of Indiana. Depending on what caused you to fall, you may have sustained chemical burns from a spilled substance, broken an arm after tripping on a cord, or knocked out a few teeth after losing your footing on a wet floor.
Common Slip/Trip and Fall Injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured or broken bones or sprains
- Severe bruising and lacerations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal injuries
Head injuries are common in slip/trip and fall accidents, as many people strike their heads on the ground or sharp surfaces like nearby tables or other objects. Injuries to the head can also entail some of the highest expenses and longest recovery times. For instance, a traumatic brain injury like a concussion can cause cognitive problems like significant memory issues, as well as impact your speech and vision.
KMW Legal also sees many slip/trip and fall clients with back injuries from landing on hard surfaces or pulling a muscle attempting to prevent their fall. As a result of your injuries, you may even require multiple surgeries and become dependent on medical devices for mobility and general function further adding to your costs stemming from someone else’s negligence.
Common Causes of Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents
It’s a common misconception that you have to work in an occupation that is considered dangerous, like construction work, in order to be at risk of sustaining a serious slip/trip and fall injury. However, this is not necessarily the case. Office employees may stumble over drawers that were left open or unknowingly trip on a broken chair, which can still lead to significant injuries, permanent disability, or loss of quality of life.
Most workplaces, job sites, and businesses carry some risk of a slip/trip and fall accident, but it is the responsibility of the property owner or employer to reduce these hazards. When a worker or member of the public is injured due to unsafe conditions, such as those that violate OSHA regulations, they may be eligible for compensation.
Examples of Slip/Trip and Fall Accident Risks:
- Unsecured ladders
- Unstable platforms
- Collapsed or damaged railing
- Uneven, damaged, or loose flooring
- Slippery mopped or waxed floors with no caution signs
- Spilled substances
- Ice or grease accumulation on floors
- Debris or clutter on the floor
- Inadequate or overwhelming lighting
- Cords or wiring that interferes with walkways
- Unexpected drops, inclines, or otherwise uneven floor surfaces
- Absent safety features or precautions
What Damages Can I Recover in a Slip/Trip and Fall Claim?
The stress of knowing you’re missing work opportunities and paychecks can take a toll on your mental health, especially if you are still recuperating from painful injuries after a slip/trip and fall accident. Your slip/trip and fall injuries may be so extensive as to require a dramatic lifestyle change to compensate for the costs of medical assistance or the physical limitations of your injuries.
Fortunately, many KMW Legal clients are able to recover their costs, though eligibility for general damages like pain and suffering can vary based on where the slip/trip and fall accident occurred and what duty the property owner owed the injured party.
Examples of Damages in a Slip/Trip and Fall Claim
- Medical bills
- Lab Tests
- Ambulance Rides
- Hospital Stays
- Home Healthcare Services
- Mobility Aids
- Physical or Occupational Therapy
- Home Renovations
- Job-Related Losses
- Lost Wages
- Lost Earning Potential
- Costs of Job Retraining
- Missed Promotions
- Inability to Continue Career
- Pain and Suffering
- Wrongful Death
- Funeral and Burial Costs
- Loss of Consortium or Parental Guidance
A fall down a flight of stairs may cause severe head and back trauma, in addition to extensive bruising or lacerations. The subsequent recovery can last weeks or months and require the assistance of a wheelchair or walker. You’ll also have to navigate transportation to physical therapy, delegate or modify household duties, and potentially sacrifice luxuries in order to keep up with the costs of care.
While you should not be financially responsible for the results of someone else’s negligence, the process of recovering compensation is rarely that straightforward. A skilled slip/trip and fall attorney can assist you in filing a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit to begin recovering damages caused by your injury.
Liability for Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
If your slip/trip and fall injury occurred at the mall, in the grocery store, at a restaurant, or other private business, the property owner may be held accountable for premises liability. This means that they are responsible for eliminating and mitigating hazards where reasonably possible, and warning invited visitors of potential dangers. Establishing premises liability can be complicated, especially when it comes to proving that the owner was aware of the risk and failed to act.
How Can a Slip and Fall Lawyer Help Me?
If you are pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, a slip and fall lawyer can help you stand up to insurance companies intent on denying you the benefits you are owed, regardless of whether or not you were at fault for the accident. If you believe they underestimated the value of your wages, miscalculated the extent of your medical bills, or claim you failed to mitigate your damages, a slip/trip and fall lawyer can help protect your right to compensation.
Insurance companies will be highly motivated to reduce your settlement because you are eligible to claim more extensive damages in a slip/trip and fall accident lawsuit than you are in a more limited workers’ compensation claim. One of the main differences is your lawyer will need to prove to a judge or jury that the property owner’s action, or inaction, constituted a breach of their obligation to you, and their negligence directly resulted in the slip/trip and fall that caused your injuries and damages.
KMW Legal Can Help Protect Your Your Slip and Fall Claim
With all the stipulations of premises liability lawsuits and constraints of worker’s compensation, you need a lawyer who is adept at navigating complex situations to secure you the maximum damages possible. The lawyers of KMW Legal have over 30 years of combined experience extracting damages from insurance companies that initially denied or drastically reduced our clients’ claims.
We will meticulously review the evidence and supporting testimony from witnesses, evaluate your projected medical costs based on input from experts, and act as your representative to any bill collectors or insurance companies that contact you about your slip/trip and fall case.
At Keller, Melchiorre, & Walsh, we have had great success recovering fair settlements for slip/trip and fall clients in the West Palm Beach area. Our clients will readily testify to our ability to explain complex legal concepts and jargon to keep them on the same page, provide a shield from illegitimate intimidation tactics, and negotiate on their behalf to achieve a settlement that is accurately reflective of losses.
KMW Legal is Proud to Serve Slip and Fall Victims in West Palm Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach is a growing city with deep historical roots and a flourishing arts community. Our team has been invested in serving the 117,415 residents who call West Palm Beach home for the better part of a decade. The lawyers of Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh have successfully guided many clients who were injured in slip and fall accidents through the complex legal process to acquire fair settlements.
We owe our reputation for excellence to our strategic pursuit of justice which has garnered us the trust of slip and fall clients in West Palm Beach and across the state of Florida. KMW Legal clients can rest assured that they are in capable hands, as our results-driven approach and diligent work ethic have yielded millions of dollars in damages for our injured clients.
Contact a West Palm Beach Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
Recovering from a slip/trip and fall injury can be physically and emotionally taxing. In conjunction with the stress of managing what seems like insurmountable medical debt and lost wages, you may be unsure about how to find a reputable lawyer. However, attempting to fight an insurance company on your own threatens the likelihood of recovering a fair settlement. You need an experienced slip/trip and fall lawyer to protect your claim.
At Keller, Melchiorre and Walsh, you can expect more than just outstanding service. Our clients can feel confident that KMW Legal will develop an individualized plan to recover a settlement that acknowledges the specific ways in which their life has been affected by another party’s negligence.
If a negligent property owner, business, or employer has allowed hazardous conditions to persist, they can be held accountable for the damages you sustain as a result of a slip/trip and fall injury. KMW Legal is prepared to help you hold them liable for their negligence. You can reach out to us at your convenience to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation strategy session with our team where you’ll get expert legal advice specific to your slip/trip and fall accident.