A Florida slip and fall accident occurs when the owner of a property neglects to maintain their property or warn guests of potential dangers. Victims may sustain serious injuries in these falls and compensation may be recovered through a Florida slip and fall lawsuit.
Slip and fall accidents in Florida fall under premises liability. Premises liability includes attacks by animals, pool drownings, or other mishaps that occur on someone else’s property. Accidents can take place on government, commercial, or private property. Many unlucky slip and fall victims suffer broken bones, fractures, back injuries, head injuries, and more.
Causes of slip and fall accidents
A Florida slip and fall accident can occur in different types of property. Also, they can differ in how they occur. Slip and fall accidents are caused by the following:
- Trash or debris on floors
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven/cracked sidewalks
- Poor lighting
- Lack of handrails
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most often treated accidents in emergency rooms because they occur at a higher frequency and result in more serious injuries. Some of the most vulnerable groups of people are:
- Adults over the age of 65, including those in nursing homes
- Young children
- And workers on the job.
Premises liability law in Florida
In Florida, the premises liability statute takes a more traditional approach. The cause of someone’s slip and fall accident had to be foreseeable. This means the injured person would have to find proof that the business owner or property owner had knowledge of the dangerous condition prior to the injury occurring. For example, if someone slipped on a puddle on the floor, negligence can be proven if the property owner knew about the wet spot existing beforehand.
Steps to take after a slip and fall accident
First, immediately seek medical help for any injuries you suffer. Your safety is a priority.
Also, report the accident to the owner of the premises or a business owner.
Write down the names and numbers of people you talked to and ask for a copy of the written report.
Take pictures or videos of the scene where you had your accident.
Identify any witnesses at the scene.
Limit your communication to the property owner. It’s important not to speak or give any statements to the insurance company until you’ve contacted your attorney.
Contact a personal injury attorney with a background of experience in premises liability claims.
Florida slip and fall accident lawyers
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Florida, your best option is to call The Landau Law Group. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys offers free case evaluations! Also, you don’t pay a dime until we recover compensation for you. Contact us online or call us at (866) 703-4878 for your free evaluation!