Slip and fall accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries, including sprains, strains, and torn ligaments and tendons. According to the Mayo Clinic, a sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments, and the most common location for a sprain is the ankle. Depending on how your slip and fall accident occurred and how hard you fell, you can seriously damage and tear ligaments and tendons in your ankles, wrists, and other parts of your limbs, such as in or around the shoulder or knee. You can also suffer sprains in your neck or back.
If you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall and sustained injuries or damages of any kind, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to provide you with legal assistance. Contact our team at 1-800-747-3733 for a free case evaluation. A Miami torn ligaments and tendons caused by slip and fall lawyer may be able to help you identify the at-fault party responsible for your accident. We may also help you evaluate your losses and file a compensation claim based on the specifics of your case.
Slip and Fall Personal Injury Law
The statute of limitations for personal injuries from slips and falls is four years, as per Florida Statutes § 95.11. Depending on how your accident occurred, you may be able to file a claim for accidents caused by the design, planning, construction, or maintenance of a property.
The following parties may be identified as at-fault for a slip and fall accident—again, based on where and how your accident occurred:
- An engineer
- A registered architect
- A licensed contractor and his/her employer
- A property owner
- A property possessor or operator
The first thing to do after a slip and fall accident—after receiving required medical treatment—is to determine which of the parties listed above may have been at fault for your accident. You must also ensure that you file a claim—if you have the grounds to do so—within the relevant statute of limitations.
Damages and Claims
Your goal behind filing a claim for damages is to bring yourself back to the level of physical and financial well-being that you enjoyed before your accident occurred.
Torn ligaments and tendons come with a few obvious and several not-so-obvious costs. Firstly, most treatment costs for slip and fall injuries are easy to identify and quantify. Diagnostic testing fees, doctor’s appointments, ambulance expenses, hospital stay charges, surgery fees, and other treatment-related costs can be tallied, aggregated, and proven using simple invoices from your care provider.
Similarly, if you lost any time from work and lost income as a result, you can prove those losses using wage slips or salary statements from your employer.
Treatment expenses and lost income are examples of economic damages. They are easy to identify and quantify. You can include economic damages as part of your compensation claim. However, you can also include certain non-economic damages. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, anxiety, depression, and other non-physical injuries that you face because of your accident.
When filing a claim, you should identify all of the damages you were made to suffer in your accident and quantify them as accurately as possible to provide the at-fault party’s insurer with a claim figure that you feel is fair and reflects your accident-related losses.
Remember that slip and fall accidents that lead to torn ligaments and tendons—although they usually affect the limbs and especially the wrists and ankles—can affect other parts of your body as well, such as the back or neck. Furthermore, your ligament and tendon injuries may be accompanied by more serious injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, a broken hip, a broken pelvis, other broken or fractured bones, and nerve damage.
Nerve damage, in particular, is possible in slip and fall accidents that also involve ligament and tendon damage because of the way a victim’s body is often contorted as he or she falls to the ground after slipping. Pinched, stretched, or torn nerves can be excruciatingly painful and can take a long time to heal. Such injuries may also require expensive treatments to heal, including surgery, long-term therapy, and the use of painkillers or other medications.
For assistance with such cases, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today for a free consultation at 1-800-747-3733. A Miami torn ligaments and tendons caused by slip and fall lawyer may be able to walk you through everything you need to know about your case.
The Potential Benefits of an Attorney
An attorney may be able to help you:
- Evaluate all of your damages, including economic and non-economic damages
- Identify the at-fault party responsible for causing you harm
- Identify the laws and insurance policies that apply to your case
- Help with workers’ compensation, premises liability, or homeowners’ insurance, whichever applies to your case
- Gather the evidence needed to establish a connection between the duty of care, the accident that occurred, and the damages you sustained
- Negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf
- File a claim within the statute of limitations
The pain and suffering, income losses, treatment expenses, and incidental costs—if any—of a slip and fall accident can quickly add up. If your accident was preventable and was caused by the reckless actions or negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care, you have the right to seek compensation for certain losses and damages up to certain limits, based on the specifics of your case.
To learn more about these limits and the categories of damages for which you may be able to file a claim, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. A Miami personal injury lawyer can help recover damages caused by slip and falls, a lawyer from our team may be able to provide you with the legal guidance you need after suffering an injury.
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