Construction Defects Can Cause Slip-and-Trip Injuries

The cracked sidewalk leading up to a business causes an elderly woman to trip and break her hip. The stairway in an apartment building collapses as a young man is traveling on the stairs, causing a fractured leg, rib, and other internal injuries. The ramp leading from a warehouse is not properly covered with slip-resistant material, as required by Florida code, and a child slips and falls while leaving the store, injuring her wrist and breaking her ankle.

These examples all show how a construction defect or a failure in keeping a building up to code regulations can directly contribute to serious injuries. Even if the property is not new construction, there may be construction defects in the original workmanship that have created serious problems that are likely to cause injury.

Common injuries from a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident as a result of a construction defect include the following:

  • Broken hip
  • Fractured tibia, wrist or ankle
  • Elbow injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Head contusion or concussion
  • Spinal cord injury

The recovery after a serious fall injury can be time-consuming and costly. Many victims who are injured in a fall endure months of surgery, rehabilitation and time away from work and loved ones. A victim may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party, which may include the construction company, for lost wages and medical costs incurred as a result of the construction defect or negligent care in maintaining the property.

What Can I Win in a Construction Slip-and-Fall Case?

With the help of an attorney, victims may be able to recover maximum compensation for the following damages after they have become injured in a construction-related slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident.

  • All medical bills associated with the accident
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium

In some cases, punitive damages for gross negligence may be possible. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant and reduce the odds of a similar accident happening again. Discuss your accident with an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer in Orlando to see if punitive damages may be possible in your case.

Benefits of Working with an Orlando Slip-and-Fall Attorney

Florida law recently changed the standard for slip-and-fall and premises liability lawsuits. The new law made it even more important to consult with a Florida slip-and-fall attorney as soon as possible after an accident because the victim now has a greater responsibility to demonstrate that negligence caused the accident. It may also be necessary to recover important evidence from the location of the accident before the conditions of the property are changed to remedy the defect or code deficiency that caused the injury.

An attorney with The Umansky Law Firm has several resources at his disposal to put to use in holding the liable party accountable for their negligence. We will undergo our own thorough investigation of your accident to secure evidence that negligence led to your injuries so that you may receive the maximum compensation possible under the law.

Call 407-228-3838 for a free consultation with our team of personal injury lawyers in Orlando.