Faulty Handrails and Stairwells
Faulty handrails and stairwells can lead to serious injuries and even death. Although Florida law imposes a duty on property owners to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for guests and visitors, this obligation is often ignored. Slip and fall accidents can leave a victim with fractures, lacerations, contusions, and other devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt on someone else’s property, you should consider the possibility of taking legal action to seek compensation for your injuries. The experienced Pembroke Pines premises liability attorneys at Cohn & Smith have assisted many people who have been hurt due to the negligence of a business or homeowner.Seeking Compensation for Injuries Caused by a Faulty Handrail or Stairwell
In order to be successful in a premises liability case, the plaintiff must prove four elements, each by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that they are more likely than not to be true. First, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed him or her a legal duty. Then, the plaintiff needs to prove that the defendant breached this duty, either by acting in a manner that was unreasonable or by failing to take some action that a reasonably prudent person would have taken under the circumstances. The plaintiff must prove that he or she was harmed because of the defendant’s breach, which is often known as the causation element. Finally, damages that are reasonably quantifiable must be identified.
Property owners are generally held to owe a duty of care to people who are lawfully on their premises, as well as to child trespassers in some situations. This duty requires them to address hazards that would not be open and obvious to a visitor, whether this means repairing them or posting warning signs. Owners may be held accountable for neglecting not only dangerous conditions of which they actually know but also those of which they reasonably should know.
When an injury or a wrongful death occurs as a result of a property owner’s neglect, there are several different types of damages that an injured person or a victim’s family may seek. These may include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium, among other examples. In some cases, establishing the full scope of the damages may require expert testimony from physicians or other professionals.Contact an Experienced Pembroke Pines Attorney for a Premises Liability Claim
Premises liability cases may be challenging. It is advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you have been hurt because of a faulty handrail or stairwell so that all of the appropriate procedural deadlines are observed and that critical evidence may be gathered. The Pembroke Pines lawyers at Cohn & Smith are available to assist injured people and their families in many South Florida cities. You can reach our office at 954-431-8100 or use the contact form on this website to set up a free consultation. We represent people who need a slip and fall attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Aventura, Coral Springs, Sunrise, Pompano Beach, Weston, Tamarac, and communities throughout North Dade County. You will not be asked to pay for our representation unless we are able to recover compensation for you.