Sidewalk accidents are not as common as, say, car accidents, however, they are also not entirely uncommon. Unfortunately, many people are injured in these accidents every single year, and if you are one of them, you should continue reading and reach out to our experienced Orlando personal injury attorneys to learn more about these accidents and how we can assist you if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of sidewalk accidents in Orlando?
Sidewalk accidents can have various potential causes, though in most cases, they occur because of property owner negligence. You should understand that in Orlando, property owners are responsible for ensuring their sidewalks are safe for all pedestrians. When they fail to do so, pedestrians can sustain very serious injuries as a result. Depending on the sidewalk, the person who owns the building adjacent to it may be the property owner, or a municipality may own the sidewalk. Some of the most frequent causes of sidewalk accidents that our firm sees are as follows:
- Uneven sidewalk
- Weather-related hazards
- Liquids left uncleared away
- Poor lighting
- Loose debris
- Hazardous materials
What should I do if I’m hurt in a sidewalk accident?
If you are hurt in a slip and fall sidewalk accident, you should first call emergency services to the scene, as they can ensure your injuries are treated and that you are swiftly transported to a hospital. From here, you should ask any witnesses of your accident for their contact information and take pictures of the unsafe sidewalk conditions that caused your accident. Finally, you should receive a copy of medical documentation regarding your injuries and speak with an Orlando personal injury lawyer who can fight for the compensation you deserve and need to get back on your feet again.
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What does financial compensation for an injury cover?
If you win your personal injury claim, you should receive financial compensation to help you with the economic and non-economic damages you’ve sustained. These damages can include lost wages, the cost of medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and the loss of enjoyment of life caused by your accident, among others.
Contact our experienced Orlando firm
Our firm understands the repercussions of a serious accident. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you should not have to fight the uphill battle for financial compensation on your own. When you hire one of our attorneys, you are hiring a devoted, caring, and aggressive attorney who will tenaciously fight for your rights. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and wishes to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Schmitt of the Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.