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“Slip and fall” and “trip and fall” cases actually come under the broader category of premises liability. Premises liability laws govern the responsibility of landowners to maintain safe property conditions and to forewarn trespassers of existing hazardous conditions. When an individual slips, trips or falls and sustains an injury as the result of unsafe or poorly maintained property conditions, he may be entitled to legal compensation for his injuries. Slips, trips, and falls can occur for any number of reasons including poor lighting, broken stairs and railings, slippery floors, cracked or uneven sidewalks, tangled carpets, misplaced objects, potholes, and much more. If landowners fail to implement preventative measures, and a person slips, trips, or falls on the landowner’s property, the landowner would be considered liable for all injuries the person sustained.
Many factors are involved in resolving a slip and fall case. If you’ve been injured due to an unsafe condition on someone’s property, please contact us immediately so we can help you protect yourself against those who would try to deny you compensation for lost wages, injury-related expenses, and pain and suffering. We will secure slip and fall injury victims fair compensation in cases involving a wide range of hazardous property conditions and accidents.
There are several situations resulting from negligence that can cause slip, trip, and fall accidents including:
• Broken sidewalks and walkways;
• Construction site hazards – improperly secured premises;
• Street repair sites;
• Wet and slippery walkways, stairways, and corridors;
• Inadequate handrails and fencing;
• Elevator and escalator accidents;
• Tenant slip, trip, and fall injuries caused by landlord negligence;
• Failure to warn of a hazardous or dangerous condition;
• Defective, inadequate, or inoperative lighting.
Slip, trip and fall accidents can occur anywhere including apartment complexes, malls, grocery stores, places of business, public sidewalks, etc. Property owners have an obligation to maintain safe conditions for guests, patrons, and residents. If the victim of a slip, trip, or fall accident proves to the court that their injury was a result of hazardous conditions or negligence, the property owner will be held liable and be required to pay damages.
A property owner is not responsible simply because someone was injured on his or her property. The property owner has to be proven negligent. The owner of the property must pay for losses caused by the slip and fall accident if the injured person can prove:
• The condition of the property was dangerous;
• The owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition;
• The owner had a reasonable opportunity to correct or warn of the condition, which was not reasonably open and obvious to the injured party at the time of the slip and fall accident.
Property owners have an obligation to keep their properties safe for visitors, and if that duty is neglected, you can receive damages for your injuries. You may be eligible to seek damages for present and future medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
If you were hurt on someone else’s property and believe negligence may have been a factor in your injury, contact us today. We will work relentlessly to provide quality representation and ensure a fair outcome to your case.
At the Young Law Firm of Florida we handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you pay nothing up front and nothing if your claim is unsuccessful. You only pay if we win.
We believe that our clients should focus on healing, not on the stress of medical bills and finances, while trying to recover from an accident. We will do everything in our power to fight for the compensation you are entitled to.
The bottom line is this: If we don’t recover money for you, you pay us nothing. This means no fees or costs. We ONLY get paid if we get you paid!