Slip and Falls

SLIP, TRIP, AND FALL ACCIDENTS

Florida law requires property owners to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of their premises. Negligence is the most frequently asserted theory of liability in slip, trip, and fall accidents.

When a visitor slips, trips, or falls on a hazard or dangerous condition you may have a Florida premises liability claim against a private property owner, commercial property owner, manager or homeowner if:

  1. Property was in an unsafe condition
  2. Owner knew, or should have known about the unsafe condition
  3. Repairs were not made despite enough time to repair unsafe condition
  4. No warning was provided about the unsafe condition

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A SLIP & FALL ACCIDENT

When involved in a slip, trip, or fall accident you should try to take as many of the following steps as possible to assist in the success of your case:

  1. If injured, call 911 and seek prompt medical attention
  2. Avoid making any statements, including statements concerning fault
  3. Request an incident report and copy of the report
  4. Take pictures and/or video of the scene and injuries
  5. Write or record names of any witnesses
  6. Avoid giving recorded statement to anyone, including insurance adjusters
  7. Seek an attorney if you are injured to protect your rights

COMMON CAUSES OF SLIP & FALLS

  • UNEVEN SIDEWALKS
  • UNSECURED RUGS OR CARPETS
  • SLIPPERY OR WET FLOORS
  • POORLY MAINTAINED STEPS
  • BROKEN RAILINGS
  • INADEQUATE LIGHTING
  • LACK OF FLOORING MAINTENANCE

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SLIP & FALL?

When injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident it is important to determine whether the property owner is in fact responsible and thus needs to compensate you for your injuries.  To determine whether a property owner is responsible first determine:

  • WAS THE PROPERTY OWNER OBLIGATED TO MAINTAIN THE PROPERTY IN A SAFE CONDITION?
  • DID THE PROPERTY OWNER FAIL TO MAINTAIN THE PROPERTY IN A SAFE CONDITION?
  • WAS I INJURED AS A RESULT OF THE OWNER’S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN THE PROPERTY IN A SAFE CONDITION?

If you answered yes to all three questions you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries including pain and suffering, medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and loss of future profits.  A slip and fall attorney at the Atherley Law Firm can assist you in determining what damages are appropriate in your case and help you prove the extent of your losses.

HOW AN ATHERLEY LAW ATTORNEY CAN HELP

An attorney from the Atherley Law firm will examine your case and give you an honest case evaluation that outlines the strengths and weaknesses of your case. We then develop an individualized and detailed plan of action that outlines:

  1. DETERMINATION OF FAULT:  Finding out who is responsible for your injury.
  2. ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGES: Compiling of monetary & compensatory damages.
  3. COMPENSATION ANALYSIS: Evaluation of appropriate compensation for your injury.

SPEAK WITH AN ORLANDO SLIP & FALL ATTORNEY

Slip and falls are sometimes complicated. If you could use the guidance of a trusted Orlando slip and fall attorney, let a skilled legal professional from the Atherley Law Firm help you to explore your options today. Our office is located in downtown Orlando, and we are proud to serve injury victims in Orange County, Osceola County and the surrounding areas. For a free initial consultation, call us today at (407) 459-7046,contact us online, or schedule your own consultation.

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