Brandon Slip & Fall Attorney
Slips and falls are not funny situations. Many of these incidents lead to long-term injuries and may require significant medical treatment.
Slips and falls can happen virtually anywhere. They can happen in retail establishments and restaurants. They can happen outside in the winter on icy floors or stairs. They can even happen inside your own home.
Slips and falls can cause broken bones, neck and back injuries, head trauma, and long-term pain and suffering. Read on to learn more about these types of accidents or contact our experienced Brandon slip & fall attorney for immediate assistance.
Common Causes of Slips and Falls
Slips and falls can be caused by several ways:
- Wet/uneven floors. This may include spills, icy surfaces, oil, loose flooring, worn carpeting, recently waxed floors, sloped floors, and potholes.
- Ladders and stairs. Ladders and stairs change a person’s elevation, causing them to go up or down. When they are unsafe, they can cause a person to fall. Safety issues may include a lack of handrails, debris, icy conditions, spills, and rushing up or down steps. Improper use of ladders can also cause dangerous conditions.
- Environmental conditions. These types of hazards include trash on the floor, cords, open cabinets, and poor lighting. Clutter and debris are a main issue.
- Lack of safety training. Housekeepers, kitchen workers, factory workers, and management should be well-versed in proper safety practices. They should have all the equipment they need to work safely, as well as proper shoes and other clothing.
Liability in a Slip and Fall
Under Florida law, a property owner is responsible for maintaining their property and keeping it free of hazards. A property owner who fails to do so can be held liable for any damages caused by a person who is injured on the property.
The responsibility a property owner has depends on the type of the person they have on their property. There are three categories of guests:
- Invitee. This is a person who is on the property for business purposes. This may include a social guest or customer. Invitees should be given the highest duty of care.
- Licensee. A licensee is someone who is on a property for their own benefit. This could be someone who hangs around outside a store but does not shop inside. The property owner must still post signs warning licensees of any dangerous condition.
- Trespasser. Trespassers are on the property without permission. While they are entitled to the lowest duty of care, they should still be warned of any dangers.
Contact a Brandon Personal Injury Attorney Today
Slips and falls can cause serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one was a victim, make sure you seek legal help and get the compensation you need to recover.
Brandon slip & fall attorney Stephanie Koether from Koether Law, P.A. understands the complexities when it comes to slip and fall cases. She can determine liability and help you move on from your injuries. Schedule a consultation with our office today to learn more.