Miami Stairway and Ramp Accident Attorneys
Helping Victims of Stairway and Ramp Accidents Throughout the State of Florida
Stairs and ramps are everywhere in Miami, from sporting venues to office buildings, from supermarkets to shopping malls and hotels. We climb up and down stairs or walk down a ramp daily without giving it a thought. However, too often, unsuspecting people are seriously injured while on stairways or ramps because of defectively designed or poorly maintained risers, ramps and flooring material.
Changes in elevation create risks for young and old alike, but stairways and ramps are generally designed to minimize the risk of falling. When they are not well maintained, however, they pose serious risks to those who use them. Trip and fall or slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, such as broken bones, spinal injuries, head and neck injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip or trip and fall accident on a stairway or ramp because the stairwell, steps or ramp was in a state of disrepair or unreasonably dangerous, you know how painful and difficult recovering physically and emotionally from this type of accident can be. The experienced Miami premises liability attorneys of Boyers Law Group understand these challenges and want to help.
With support from our skilled legal team, you may be able to hold the negligent business or property owners and/or manager accountable for their negligence and obtain substantial compensation for your injuries and associated losses. We have successfully handled hundreds of personal injury cases, fighting for justice and achieving substantial compensation for our seriously injured clients. We excel in helping Florida families pursue and achieve justice and the compensation they deserve for the damages they have suffered from major injuries caused by negligence.
What Causes Stairway and Ramp Falls and Injuries?
In defending stairway and ramp defect cases, property owners and managers often allege that the injured person fell because they misjudged the distance between stairs or were moving too quickly. However, in fact, a proper analysis of the evidence will often prove that property owner and/or manager negligence was to blame. Talking with an experienced Miami premises liability attorney can help you determine if a slip or trip and fall injury was due to negligence attributable to the property owner and/or manager.
Examples of negligent property maintenance that can lead to slips or trips and falls on stairways or ramps include:
- Missing or broken handrails
- Uneven, worn, chipped or cracked steps
- Poor lighting in the stairwell
- Violation of the Florida Building Code standards
- Lack of overhead space
- A ramp that is too steep
- Debris or miscellaneous items on stairs or ramp
- Torn carpeting on steps or ramp
- Spilled liquid on steps or ramp
- Steps or ramp made from an excessively slippery material
- Lack of warning signs for single steps or thresholds
These and other hazards can result in serious injuries for unsuspecting customers, clients or other people who visit the property. If you have been injured on a stairway or ramp due to another party’s negligence, an experienced Boyers Law Group attorney can help you hold them accountable for their negligence and pursue the substantial compensation you deserve.
What Kinds of Injuries Can Occur from Falls on Stairs and Ramps?
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common reasons people visit emergency rooms. When the slip and fall occurs on a stairway or ramp, the resulting injuries can be very serious. Spinal cord injuries, paralysis, brain damage, fractured/broken bones, lacerations, internal injuries, soft tissue damage and even death can result from one of these of accidents.
If you have been seriously injured because of a stairway or ramp accident due to the property owner and/or manager’s negligence, you may be experiencing severe pain and suffering and need extensive medical treatment. In addition, you may be unable to work and have lost income. To receive the compensation you need and deserve, it will often be necessary to pursue a premises liability claim. The legal team at Boyers Law Group has the skill, experience and resources to help youobtain the financial assistance you need to pay for ongoing, past and future medical expenses, make up for lost income and compensate you for your pain and mental anguish.
How Do You Prove Negligence in Stairway and Ramp Accidents in Florida?
In legal terms, stairway and ramp accidents fall under the concept of premises liability, a specific form of negligence in Florida law. For an attorney to initiate a premises liability claim on your behalf, he must prove by a preponderance (meaning the greater weight) of the evidence, the following four elements:
- Duty of care – The business owners, property owners and/or managers owed you a legal duty of care to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. (They owe this legal duty of care to all clients, customers and other visitors.)
- Breach of duty – The business owners, property owners and/or managers breached their legal duty of care by failing to act reasonably, by creating a dangerous condition or failing to eliminate or warn about a dangerous condition that they either knew to exist or should have known to exist, in that it had been present for an unreasonably long period of time.
- Causation –The business owners, property owners and/or managers’ negligent actions (or inaction) caused you to be injured.
- Damages – The injuries resulted in you suffering damages. These damages can be economic, as in medical expenses and lost income, and non-economic, as in pain, suffering and mental anguish, and other quality of life losses.
In other words, if you were injured while using stairs or a ramp at a place of business, apartment building, sporting venue, shopping mall or any other Florida premises where you were invited as a customer, client or visitor, the owner(s) and/or manager(s) could be liable for negligence if their failure to maintain their property led to you or a loved one suffering a serious injury.
Recovering Damages after Suffering a Stair or Ramp Injury in Miami
If you or a loved has been seriously injured in a Miami stairway or ramp accident caused by negligence, it may be possible to obtain substantial financial compensation for your injuries, harm and suffering. Potential damages that you may recover include:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of capacity to enjoy life
- Lost income and diminished earning capacity
- Medical expenses – both existing and potential future expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Disability or physical impairment
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
Injuries involving stairs and ramps tend to be severe due to the forces of gravity that are at play. Once you recover from the shock of suddenly being injured, let the experienced personal injury accident attorneys of the Boyers Law Group help you through the challenging time that follows a serious injury accident.
Experienced Miami Attorneys Have Decades of Success Representing Injured Victims
The experienced, compassionate legal team at Boyers Law Group is ready to help you hold the negligent individuals and/or corporations accountable for the harm they have caused. We have a superb team of lawyers and support staff who will do everything possible to protect your legal rights and achieve justice for you and your family.
Our decades of experience has resulted in millions of dollars in payments to our injured clients. Let us help you obtain the substantial compensation you deserve.
Please contact the experienced Miami stairway and ramp accident attorneys of Boyers Law Group at 800.545.9100 or submit the “Tell Us What Happened” form on our website for a free consultation so we can begin putting our experience, skill and resources to work for you.