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Three Ways Negligence Can Result in a Serious Slip and Fall Accident

01.09.2017 by | St Petersburg

Slip and Fall Lawyers in St. Petersburg
Guest post by berkmyer.com

Under Florida law,1 when people are hurt in accidents caused by the negligence of others, they are often entitled to compensation for the losses they sustain. Here are some ways that negligence can result in a slip and fall accident.

Poor Planning and Use of Space

When a commercial establishment fails to use its space wisely and plan ahead, dangerous conditions can occur as a result. Some specific hazards to watch out for include exposed electrical wiring or cords, unexpected drop-offs, slippery surfaces, and poorly placed furniture.

Failure to Manage the Elements

Property owners are responsible for managing dangerous conditions caused by the weather, particularly when they open their doors to the public. Issues like rain, snow, and ice should be handled using reasonable care. When properly owners fail to do so, they can often be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result.

Inadequate Maintenance

Inadequate maintenance is another common cause of slip and fall accidents. Some examples of the kinds of issues that are often the result of poor maintenance on the part of a property owner include the following:

Cracked pavement

Uneven stairs

Inadequate lighting

Torn carpet

Slippery floors

  Uneven tile

  Holes in floors

  Stairwells without handrails

  Debris is walkways

  Wet floors

Slip and Falls Can Cause Serious Injuries

Many people are under the mistaken impression that slip and falls only result in minor injuries such as bumps and bruises. In reality, slip and falls have the potential to cause serious injuries that may require hospitalization and have long-term medical implications, such as traumatic brain injuries2 (TBIs), muscle tears, sprains and strains, and even spinal cord injuries. For this reason, you should always see a physician for a thorough evaluation after a slip and fall accident.

Call a Saint Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case

If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. It is important to keep in mind that any delay may jeopardize your ability to recover compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call Berkowitz & Meyer today at 727-344-0123 or contact us online.

1 http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/

2 https://medlineplus.gov/traumaticbraininjury.html