Florida Slip and Fall Lawyer
Whether you are going to the grocery store, walking into a restaurant, or visiting a friend in the hospital, you have the right to a safe, hazard-free public environment. If an obstacle, such as a rug that is not intact or liquid on the floor, causes you to slip and fall, you have a legal right to pursue compensation.
In Florida, property owners have a responsibility to keep their property free of certain dangers, or at the very least warn people of those dangers. If the property owner fails to do so, and someone slips and falls as a result of their negligence, the owner could be held liable for the ensuing damages. If you have suffered injuries from a slip and fall, an experienced Florida slip and fall lawyer could help you explore your options at a free consultation. Call today and set up a consultation with our dedicated attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Cases
Slips and falls are the most common type of premises law case brought against business owners. Businesses need to be aware of these common problems and either repair them or post warning signs as soon as possible. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Inadequate lighting
- Wet floors
- Obstructions on floors and walkways
- Handrails that are broken or not sturdy
- Merchandise that is improperly displayed or stacked
- Foreign substance on the floor
- Improper lighting
Proving Property Owner Liability
Under Florida Statute §768.0755, an injured party who slips on a transitory foreign substance has the burden to prove that the business had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have done something to fix it. To prove knowledge, the plaintiff’s Florida slip and fall attorney could use evidence showing one of the following:
- The condition that caused the fall was present for a length of time that, by exercising ordinary care, the business should have known of the condition
- The condition was foreseeable as it occurred frequently
Injuries from a slip and fall can range from a broken bone to a traumatic brain injury. Slip and fall injuries are not only painful and traumatic; they also come with financial implications. Individuals who suffer a slip and fall injury could seek compensation for the following types of damages: medical bills, including emergency care, surgery, prescriptions and therapy; lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Plaintiffs could receive their compensation through a negotiated settlement with the defendant or through a trial in which the jury awards damages. There is no cap on damages for a slip and fall case in Florida.
Reach Out to a Florida Slip and Fall Attorney Today
Slipping and falling as a result of a property owner’s negligence could leave you feeling hurt, angry, and confused. How will you pay your medical bills? How will you make up for your lost wages?
Without legal advice, it could be hard to determine if your case has legal merit if there are deadlines to pursue your legal options, or how much your case might be worth. At Kogan & DiSalvo, we offer a free consultation to go over the details of your slip and fall and walk you through the process of filing a claim. Call today and set up a consultation with a Florida slip and fall lawyer.