Accidents can happen at any time and in any place. One common way for a person to injure themselves is by slipping or tripping and falling to the floor. This is known as a slip and fall accident and can happen for a variety of reasons, such as icy or slippery floors, debris on the floor, or loose floorboards. This is one type of accident that can lead to a premises liability case.
Readers may wonder what the difference is between slip and fall and premises liability. A premises liability case is where a person may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit following an accident on another person’s property, where one common type of injury to occur on someone’s property is where you slip and injure yourself, known as a slip and fall accident.
If you have been injured on someone’s property and are looking for advice specific to your case, then we are here to help. We offer new clients a free case evaluation so you can speak to a personal injury lawyer with relevant legal experience and receive obligation-free legal advice specific to your case. A personal injury attorney can also help you decide whether you have a viable personal injury case and how much compensation you could be owed.
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What Is a Premises Liability Case?
Accidents can happen for many reasons, and it is often nobody’s fault. However, sometimes these accidents are caused by hazardous conditions and could have been prevented if it weren’t for the careless inaction of the property owner.
Every year we support clients who have injured themselves while on private or commercial property. This could be, for example, slipping on a spilled drink in a restaurant or cutting yourself on unsecured fencing while visiting someone’s house.
Regardless of whether the person owns private or commercial property, all property owners in Florida have the same duty of care to visitors. This means that they are under moral and legal obligation to do what is reasonably within their power to keep visitors to their property safe. If a visitor to a property injures themselves because of the property owner or property manager failing to safely maintain the conditions on the property, or signpost the hazard, then they could be held liable for damages.
Some common examples of dangerous conditions that lead to premises liability cases include:
- Balcony or stairway collapse.
- Swimming pools.
- Falling objects.
- Negligent security.
- Loose carpet or floorboards.
- Slippery surfaces.
If a person is injured on someone else’s property, they may wish to file a premises liability claim against the insurance company of the property owner to help compensate them for the pain and suffering they endured.
Most people who file a premises liability claim will seek legal representation to help to navigate Florida’s premises liability laws and the often complicated process of proving who was to blame for the accident. A premises liability lawyer can collect relevant evidence to establish negligence, strengthen your case, and calculate the monetary value of the damages caused by the accident.
Call The Law Place today to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
What Is a Slip and Fall Case?
The most common type of premises liability case is a slip and fall accident. This is where a person falls and injures themselves because of slipping on an uneven, greasy, icy, uneven, or slippery floor or because of inadequate lighting or handrails.
Sometimes people slip over because of clumsiness or distraction, but other times these falls could have been prevented if the property owner had fulfilled their duty of care to keep the property conditions safe.
There are many reasons why a person might slip over, where some of the most common causes are:
- Icy or wet walkways.
- A spill on the floor.
- Uneven floor, sidewalk, or road.
- Loose floorboards.
- Torn carpets.
- Improperly constructed stairways.
- Tripping hazards left on the floor.
This is a small selection of the possible hazardous conditions that could lead to a slip and fall accident. If you have hurt yourself in a slip and fall accident on someone’s property, you may be tempted to pass it off as clumsiness or distraction, but it would be worth considering whether your accident may have been caused by the property owner failing to keep the conditions safely maintained. Property owners in Florida are responsible for monitoring their property for potential hazards and alerting visitors or putting in safety measures to protect them.
If you believe that the property owner could have done more to ensure your safety, then you may wish to file a premises liability case against the property owner’s insurance to help cover the cost of the damages the accident led to.
If you have injured yourself on someone else’s property, be it a slip and fall accident or another type of injury, then you should seek legal advice. Here at The Law Place, our team of personal injury lawyers has over 75 years of combined legal experience and has helped countless clients just like you to fight for and win the compensation they deserve. Call us today for no-obligation legal advice.
What Damages Can I Claim Following a Premises Liability Accident?
If you have been hurt on someone else’s commercial or private property, then you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Even seemingly small accidents can sometimes lead to long-term complications, and medical care can often be extremely expensive and not always covered by your regular health insurance. A premises liability lawyer may be able to help you claim damages, including:
- Medical bills.
- Lost wages and future earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
- Property damage.
- Wrongful death.
If you have been in an accident on someone else’s property, such as a slip and fall accident, then you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. Our team of dedicated lawyers is here to help. Call us today to receive free legal advice from a premises liability lawyer and to get a rough estimate of how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Following your free consultation, you can decide whether you want to continue working with us and follow through on a premises liability case. If you do, we will guide you through the whole process, including communication with all relevant insurance companies, gathering evidence to support your case, and negotiating your final settlement. Our pay structure works on a no-win-no-fee basis, meaning that you don’t have to pay anything upfront, and if your case is successful, then the fee will be deducted from your final settlement.
For information regarding premises liability and slip and fall cases, call The Law Place today. Our team of lawyers has extensive knowledge of Florida premises liability law and in helping accident victims like you to seek justice.
Call us today at (941) 444-4444.