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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.
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.
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
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
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.
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