Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
Serving Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and all of Florida
It is estimated that over one million Americans visit the emergency room each year for slip and fall injuries. These types of injuries can be extremely serious – and for some people, fatal. When the victim is a young child or elderly individual, the injuries can be so severe that they may affect their quality of life.
Slip and fall accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but most can be prevented if the hazardous condition was taken care of by the property owner.
Florida law requires property owners to maintain a safe environment for their visitors – whether it is a residential property or commercial one. While the laws vary depending on the type of environment you are injured in and the level of guest you were, if you are injured because of unsafe premises, you could have a personal injury case worth pursuing.
Why Slip and Fall Injuries Happen
A slip and fall injury can happen to anyone – whether it is a slippery surface or just tripping over your own feet. But, most of these falls can lead to serious injury and occur because of dangerous conditions that are easily prevented. Just some of the top causes for slip and fall injuries include:
- Slippery or wet floors
- Uneven tiles
- Raise or cracked sidewalks
- Broken railings
- A change in elevation
- Uneven or narrow stairs
- Inadequate lighting
- Unsecured carpeting
- Abrupt edge changes
- Floor surface changes
- Appliance cords
Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall Case
When you suffer from a slip and fall injury, you need to determine who was responsible for your fall. If there was a hazardous condition that caused you to fall and the owner was in control of fixing that condition, then they would be held liable for your injuries.
In order to fully determine who you can name in your suit, your personal injury attorney must:
- Determine if the property owner had any obligation to you as a visitor. Public places that encourage customers to visit their location owe those customers a safe environment. If there is a hazardous condition, they are required by Florida law to notify patrons of that condition and they must fix those hazards within a reasonable amount of time.
- Did the owner breach their duty? You must also determine if the property owner breached their duty to provide you with a safe environment. For example, if the spill just happened and the owner was not aware of it, they may not have breached their duty. But, if they knew about a hazardous condition and left it, then they are responsible.
- The extent of your injuries matter too. If you were injured enough to encounter losses, then the property owner is responsible for those financial losses – including medical bills, lost wages and more.
Get Assistance for Your Slip and Fall Injury Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the attorneys at Tony Bennett Law today. We offer free, no obligation consultations and can discuss the details of your case with you now.