From work to home, school to the supermarket, the possibility for injury is real and substantial. Although commonly associated with a momentary loss of equilibrium and clumsy activity, a slip and fall is oftentimes the most dangerous type of accident to be involved in as it can result in a considerable amount of injuries. Accidents, where people slip and fall, are often overlooked by most people, but in truth, they actually have the potential to result in serious damages and even death for those involved.
The reason that a slip and fall accident is in fact so dangerous is that such an incident can occur anywhere and at any time. It doesn't matter whether you are at the grocery store, local pool, or a friend’s home; there is always the possibility of being involved in a slip and fall accident. Moreover, such incidents can result in a great variety of injuries.
Although most people consider a slip and fall to be an accidental occurrence, in the majority of cases, a slip and fall could not only have been prevented but was the result of ignorance or negligence on the part of the property owner. Almost all cases of slip and fall are a result of hazardous conditions that have been either disregarded or overlooked by a business and/or it’s property owners.
When a person slips and falls, or trips and falls, on another person’s property and they are then injured, the property owner may be held liable for the damages incurred. In the State of Florida, all landowners are responsible for ensuring their property is free from hazardous conditions, and for making sure the general public is aware of any dangerous conditions that may exist. If a landowner fails to maintain their property and prevent hazardous conditions and another person is injured while present, the property owner may have to pay damages to the injured party.
The Most Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries in Florida
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Arm and leg injuries
- Paralysis (quadriplegia and paraplegia)
- Head trauma and brain damage
- Wrongful death
If you have been a victim of a slip and fall injury, whether common or traumatic, contact the Law Firm of Rue & Ziffra to speak with an attorney 24/7 at 800-526-4711.
Florida Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
The National Floor Safety Institute provides statistics that allow us to understand the prevalence of slip and fall accidents among men and women, at work and at home. So many of the facts are counter-intuitive; such as home falls most often occur from ground level versus from an elevation. Or that falls represent the leading cause of emergency room visits. The potential for these accidents to happen most anywhere, at any time, makes them one of the most dangerous problems that one can encounter. But you won’t have to worry about obtaining expert representation when you work with Rue & Ziffra. Our law office offers over 100 years of combined legal experience to serve you. As your local attorneys, we put your needs first with our 24/7 availability.
If you or a loved one have been victim of a slip and fall accident in Florida, the Law Firm of Rue & Ziffra is here to help you. With over 40 years of Slip and Fall Claims and Cases in Florida, Florida victims have come to trust in the compassionate treatment of victims and the strong representation in court to get you back on your feet with the justice you deserve.
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What Can I Expect to Happen After I File my Slip and Fall Claim?
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident, you should consider consulting with a premises liability lawyer to determine if your case has grounds to pursue a lawsuit for compensation for the damages incurred.
To be able to make a claim against the property owner in case of an injury due to a slip or fall, the injured person needs to prove the owner, or an employee, caused the slip and fall to occur. Furthermore, the claimant has to prove the owner of the premises had knowledge of the risk of the hazardous condition. Lastly, there has to be proof the owner failed to take the necessary precautions to remove the danger from his property.
After the slip and fall claim is filed with the help of your attorney, if a settlement is not reached outside of court, the suit will be tried before a judge and/or jury. It is then their duty to determine if the property owner was negligent and owes compensation for damages. The judge may rule in favor of the injured victim and issue a judgment that states how much the property owner owes for the accident-related costs.
Many people assume that if they suffered an injury on someone else’s property, the owner will automatically be charged for negligence. While this might stand true to some cases, not all cases will be decided in favor of the injured person. Every individual is still expected to use proper care while on someone else’s property, and thus negligence or ignorance on the part of the victim can sometimes be found after a slip and fall accident has occurred. The case will then be dismissed.
In general, property owners have the responsibility to keep their property safe. However, courts have often emphasized the property owner is not always responsible for every accident that occurs on his property. In some cases, the claims of injured persons have been weakened by their own negligence due to lack of reasonable care. It usually boils down to whoever party will be able to prove that he used the most reasonable care on the property.
In many cases, the judge or the jury has the difficult task of figuring out whether the property owner indeed had prior knowledge of the risk that caused the slip and fall. The judge or the jury has the full discretion to decide on this element of liability. If there is enough proof that shows the owner took the necessary precautions to keep his property safe, there is a high probability the owner would not be held liable for the claimant’s injuries.
If you or a loved one suffer from a slip and fall injury, there are some guidelines that you can follow to help determine if your case may possibility receive compensation for damages incurred. If the cause of the slip and fall has been visible long enough for the owner to notice it, then the court would probably hold the owner liable for the injuries of the claimant. The same goes with cases where the claimant trips over an object that could have been placed in a safer area. Typically, if there is no legitimate reason for the object to be in a spot where the accident happened, it is very likely that the owner will be held liable for not removing it.
On the other hand, if the owner could prove to the court that he has adhered to all applicable laws regarding the maintenance of the premises and he had been conducting regular checks on the property, the courts might hold that the owner used reasonable care in keeping his property safe. The owner will not be held liable in such cases.
In the end, it is up to you and your experienced lawyer to get you the compensation that you deserve for your damages incurred. For over 40 years, the attorneys at Rue & Ziffra, have successfully worked with slip and fall cases and their victims. Contact us today to see what we can do to aide you.
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