Slip / Trip & Fall

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Slip/Trip and Fall Lawyer in Florida

When you run to the grocery store for a gallon of milk or into a convenience store for your morning coffee, you probably don’t expect to end your trip in a hospital bed. Unfortunately, unsafe conditions can result in severe injuries and other damaging consequences.

If property owner negligence causes you injury, contact our slip/trip and fall lawyers at Zweben Law Group in Stuart, FL, as soon as possible.

Property Owner Responsibilities in Florida

Florida law requires property owners to ensure safety on their properties by performing regular site maintenance and eliminating dangerous hazards. Foreseeing an accident is not always possible, but property owners have a legal responsibility to reasonably address risks that may cause a foreseeable injury to a visitor.

Property Owner Negligence

Many types of property owner negligence may result in dangerous situations.

Common causes of slip/trip and fall accidents include:

  • Slippery floors and paths due to spills 
  • Dark conditions due to a lack of sufficient lighting
  • Dangers presented by clutter, falling objects, missing rails, etc.
  • Tripping hazards like uneven ground, exposed wires, etc.

Accidents caused by any of the above are often preventable. They occur because the property owner has neglected their maintenance and repair duties.

Common Slip/Trip and Fall Injuries

Trip or slip and fall injuries range from minor to severe. These accidents can result in a ride to the hospital for medical treatment. Here is a list of some typical slip/trip and fall injuries:

  • Bruises, abrasions, and lacerations
  • Concussions and other head injuries
  • Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
  • Sprains, twists, and strains
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Your injuries aren’t the only thing you might contend with after an accident. Medical bills may start piling up, and you may be unable to go to work.

It’s critical to seek the help of a slip/trip and fall lawyer to pursue compensation. Keep reading to learn more about slip/trip and fall lawsuits at Zweben Law Group in Stuart, Florida.

Slip/Trip and Fall Lawsuits in Florida

Property owners can be held liable for accidents on their properties if they fail to perform their “duty of care” and the visitors are lawfully on their property. See below for an explanation of the types of property visitors under the law. Two of them are legal, while one of them is not.

Types of Property Visitors

Public and Business Invitees

A person who is allowed to use a space for its intended purpose is called an invitee. Public invitees visit public premises, such as parks, schools, and hospitals. Business invitees visit private businesses, such as stores, restaurants, and amusement parks.

Invitees are the most-protected property visitors under Florida law. Property owners must exercise a high level of care to protect invitees from potential accidents on their properties.

Invited and Uninvited Licensees

The other type of legal visitor is the licensee. Invited licensees have received invitations to be on the property; they include party guests and other social visitors.

Uninvited licensees have not been invited onto the property but are allowed to be there. For example, if your neighbor knocks on your door to return a borrowed tool, they are an uninvited licensee.

Property owners are responsible for keeping licensees safe but to a lower degree than invitees. An uninvited licensee, in particular, may struggle to hold the property owner liable for an injury, depending on the circumstances.

Trespassers

Property owners are the least liable for the injuries of trespassers: those who are not allowed to be on the property. The duty of care includes not causing a trespasser malicious harm and being aware of “attractive nuisance” items on the property, such as swimming pools, which may attract minor visitors.

Building a Strong Case

Florida law makes slip/trip and fall lawsuits tricky, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.

Following an accident on someone else’s property:

  • Assess your injuries, and stay put at least until the adrenaline wears off.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • If possible, photograph your injuries.
  • If possible, photograph the condition that caused the accident.
  • Collect the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. 
  • Make a report if possible.

One of the most important steps here is not to rush off. You may not yet be fully aware of the severity of your injuries.

Contact a Florida Slip/Trip-and-Fall Lawyer

If you experience an accident caused by a property owner’s negligence, seek the help of a slip/trip and fall lawyer as soon as possible to pursue compensation. Here at Zweben Law Group in Stuart, FL, we offer experienced representation for personal injury cases, and we’re prepared to work alongside you through the whole process. Call our law firm today for a FREE consultation at 772-223-5454.

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