West Palm Beach Slip & Fall Accident Attorneys
Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are a type of personal injury case that is categorized
as a "premises liability" claim. Under Florida law, the property
owner or the possessor of the property is liable for injuries that result
from a dangerous condition on the property. Owners and possessors owe
a duty of care to maintain the property and to protect individuals who
enter the property from the unreasonable risk of harm.
The legal status of the visitor will play a role in determining liability:
Invitee - a person invited on the property to conduct business, such as a person
that is a customer.
Licensee - a person that comes on the property for a non-business purpose with
the consent of the owner, such as a social guest.
Trespasser - a person that enters without the right or permission to do so.
Owners and possessors owe a duty to invitees and licensees, but in Florida,
a trespasser is unlikely to recover compensation under premises liability.
Slip-and-fall accidents are responsible for billions of dollars in medical
costs each year. These accidents can cause a variety of injuries, including
fractures, damage to internal organs, traumatic brain injury, and injury
to a person's legs and hips.
Did you sustain injuries on another person’s property?
File a claim with help from our
West Palm Beach injury attorneys.
The Property Owner’s Responsibility
Don't be embarrassed if you fall; it may not be entirely your fault.
Businesses have a duty to keep their stores and floors clean and clear
of any debris. When they don't, it's easy not to notice. In fact,
this is why so many slip-and-fall accidents occur; because the store workers
left a liquid or debris where it shouldn't be, and an unwitting customer
simply doesn't see it until it's too late.
Slip and falls can occur on all kinds of premises and in all kinds of places.
We have had personal injury clients in the past who have hurt themselves
by tripping over things, like a parking curb that is out of place or loose.
We have also seen people who have tripped on or over uneven pathways and
dangerous walkways. We have also had clients "drop and fall,"
which is to say they were walking on a flat path and did not notice a
dangerous, sudden drop in leveling on the floor beneath them. This happens
often when concrete is poured carelessly.
In all cases, it's the property owner's responsibility (or the
store owner's) to be sure these exposed hazards do not exist. If a
hazard like a sitting pool of liquid or a large, uneven surface is discovered,
it is their job to have it fixed so you don't hurt yourself on it.
When they neglect this responsibility, and someone comes along and does
hurt themselves to the tune of several tens of thousands of dollars in
medical bills or surgeries, it is our job to help the client receive compensation.
complimentary case review today by calling (561) 600-5605.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
A dangerous condition in a store or in a private home can cause a person
to slip and fall. While some slip and fall accidents are just accidents,
some occur because the owner or possessor of the property was negligent.
These accidents commonly result from the following types of hazards:
- Torn carpeting
- Wet floor
- Slippery surface due to rain, snow, or oil
- Poor lighting
- Narrow stairs
- Loose floorboard
- Cracked sidewalk
- Spilled liquid on the floor
How to Show Fault – Call Our West Palm Beach Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Proving that the owner or possessor is responsible for the accident will
weigh heavily on several factors. In most cases, establishing fault will
require showing that a dangerous condition on the property caused the
accident and that the owner or possessor was aware of this condition.
It must also be foreseeable that the owner or possessor's negligence
would cause the particular danger and that the danger presented an unreasonable
risk that the injured person was unable to anticipate.
If you have been hurt after slipping and falling on someone else's
property in Florida, you may be unsure whether you can recover compensation
for your injuries. You should seek legal advice from the Law Offices of
Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. as soon as possible. If you wait too long, time
limits may bar your claim.
We stand ready to help you 24/7.
Call the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at (561) 600-5605.