Slip and Fall/Premises Liability
Falls happen all the time, but they rarely occur without some sort of catalyst.
No matter how clumsy you consider yourself or how distracted you might have been, something interfered with your safe passage and now you’re faced with injuries that are not your fault.
If you were injured in a slip and fall because a negligent property owner failed to address a problem, you deserve compensation. A slip and fall attorney can help you file a premises liability lawsuits to hold the responsible party accountable and help you receive compensation for your injuries.
What Is Premises Liability?
Property owners have a duty of care to all visitors, whether those visitors are family friends coming over for dinner or customers at a retail location.
They also have a duty of care over the property. If the home or building isn’t properly maintained, the owner can be held liable for any injuries that may occur as a result.
If a visitor trips over an unsecured extension cord, slips on a wet floor, or falls on a dilapidated set of stairs, the property owner can—and should—be held accountable for allowing those unsafe conditions.
While it’s normal to simply berate yourself for not being more careful, the actions you take after a slip & fall are crucial.
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What To Do After a Slip and Fall Incident
First and foremost, seek medical attention and attend to your injuries.
Even if you don’t have any apparent injuries, it is important that you visit a doctor as soon as possible after your slip and fall incident to ensure there are no hidden injuries or health problems that will show up down the line.
Please don’t let a lack of finances keep you from seeing a doctor after a fall injury. With the help of a qualified personal injury attorney, a successful premises liability case should allow you to recover money to pay those medical bills. A slip and fall attorney can help you get money for your injuries, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering after a fall.
How Can a Slip and Fall Attorney Prove Negligence?
Proving negligence in a slip and fall case can be challenging.
The key to showing negligence is proving there were dangerous conditions that required the property owner’s attention. In order to receive compensation in a premises liability case, you’ll need to prove that a reasonable property owner should have found and fixed the problem before it caused an incident.
You’ll also need to show there were no obvious, avoidable hazards. If you broke your nose after walking into a closed door, that’s one thing. But nobody walks down a set of stairs expecting them to give way.
So how is negligence proven?
Some of the questions your slip and fall attorney will ask include:
- How long has the hazard been in place?
- Did the owner have time to fix the problem?
- Is there a system in place for assessing the property?
- Is there proof that the property was recently assessed for hazards?
- Were actions taken to make the area as safe as possible? (For instance, if rain caused the floor to become slippery, were there adequate signs notifying visitors of the floor’s conditions?)
- Was every possible action taken to reduce or warn visitors of the hazardous conditions?
A slip and fall attorney specializing in premises liability will know how to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and build a defense to get you the compensation you deserve.
Why Should You Contact a Slip and Fall Attorney?
Property owners are responsible for having a plan in place to address any and all dangerous conditions. When they fail to do this, they can be held legally and financially responsible for any injuries that occur.
A slip and fall attorney is your best chance at building a strong case and receiving the compensation you deserve.
Slip and fall lawyers don’t just represent you in court. They’ll also interview witnesses in a timely manner, gather evidence, take photos of the scene of the incident and your injuries, collect and review your medical records, and request a copy of the incident report, if there was one.
At Sunshine State Law Firm, we have experience working with clients who have been injured in slip and falls and other premises liability cases. We know how devastating these incidents can be, and we also understand the frustration that often occurs when trying to prove the negligence of a property owner.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall incident or been the victim of another’s negligence, you deserve to have your rights protected. Call Sunshine State Law Firm at 407.627.1414 or email Simon@SunshineFirm.com to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. We are fluent in both English and Spanish.