According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 9 million individuals in the United States go to the emergency room every year due to injuries they suffered from slip and fall accidents. Almost everyone has fallen down at some point—and most of us have taken a spill many times throughout our lives. While some falls are simply due to clumsiness, others are caused by slippery floors, tripping over something, or by other dangerous conditions on someone else’s property. These causes are known as hazards, and they can inflict much more damage than most people think.
Following a fall, many victims suffered scraped knees, bruises, or other minor injuries that don’t require medical care. Often, embarrassment is the main result of a slip and fall. However, some slip and fall accidents result in serious injuries that can have a severe effect on a victim’s life. If you have suffered injury after a slip and fall and are starting to incur medical bills and other losses because the property owner’s negligence, you deserve to be fairly compensated.
A premises liability claim arises when a property owner is negligent and injury to another person results. Property owners have the legal duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition to avoid injuries to visitors. This duty exists for store owners, other types of business owners, schools, government entities, and residential property owners. Some examples of common premises liability claims involve swimming pool accidents, falls down stairs, exposure to toxic chemicals, and more. The most common premises liability claim is a slip and fall accident.
Slip and falls often arise from negligent conditions including the following:
In addition to having the responsibility to repair potentially hazardous conditions, a property owner also has a duty to warn visitors or customers of possibly dangerous hazards. For example, if a grocery store employee cleans up a spill with water, they must also post a sign warning customers of the possibly wet and slippery area until it dries. If they fail to post an appropriate warning sign and someone falls and suffers injury, the store should be held liable for all injury-related losses.
Every slip and fall case is different and determining whether negligence played a role in causing the accident depends closely on the specific facts of your particular case. An experienced Florida slip and fall attorney can evaluate your case and advise you on your chances of recovery and can help you collect adequate evidence to prove your claim.
Slip and fall accident victims can sustain a wide variety of injuries, which commonly include the following:
Older adults are particularly at risk for broken hips and similar injuries that can significantly affect their lives. Some older adults who slip and fall require long-term rehabilitative care and may require assisted living for the rest of their lives. Even if the injuries are not permanent, other slip and fall victims may require extensive medical treatment and may not be able to work for some time.
If you are involved in a slip and fall accident because a property owner was negligent, you should not delay in calling an attorney at the Clearwater, Florida office of the Dolman Law Group as soon as possible. We strive to help injured victims receive just compensation, so call today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.