Premise Liability Lawyers Handling Slip and Fall Accidents in West Palm Beach
On an average day, most Florida residents will travel into many different spaces and over varied surfaces. After leaving the house one may walk across a public sidewalk to the car, from a parking lot to a local Starbucks, next to a construction site, into the work office, through the grocery store, inside the bank, and a myriad of other places.
These daily travels are so commonplace that most never give it thought. But, in all of these areas, the individual trusts those in charge of maintaining the sidewalks, tile, floor, stairs, pavements and other surfaces. When these locations are not kept up to reasonable standards, then a slip, trip, and fall can arise–often with very serious consequences.
The Personal Injury Lawyers at Fetterman & Associates, PA works with families in West Palm Beach, and many other communities in the aftermath of a slip and fall that causes injury.
The law surrounding these types of cases is quite complex, and it often takes aggressive advocacy to ensure that those harmed received compensation for their losses.
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Understanding Florida Slip & Fall Cases
A slip and fall may seem like an innocent accident without serious consequences, but in reality many residents are seriously injured and rendered permanently disabled as a result of these incidents.
The potential for falls is ever-present, with some of the most common causes including:
- Muddy walkways, stairs, and floors
- Spilled liquids on tiles or hardwood
- Loose floorboards
- Broken stairs
- Loose carpet or rough flooring
- Hidden holes or unexpected floor drops
- Uneven steps or steep inclines
Any fall can result in serious harm, including a brain injury, spinal injury, broken bones, sprains, dislocations, muscle tears, cuts, bruises, and much more. The risk of long-term damage is far higher for those with unique vulnerabilities, like the elderly and young children.
Falling Accidents in Florida – Legal Accountability
In the aftermath of a fall that causes serious harm, residents often wonder about their legal options. In general, most slip and fall cases hinge on “premise liability” rules in the law.
Premise liability refers to instances where a third party–usually an owner or operator of a space–is held accountable for harm caused to others while on the property.
In 2010, Florida state legislators amended the existing law on this subject. Under the current rules, Florida Statute §768.0755, an individual seeking to hold property owners accountable following this harm must meet very particular requirements.
Specifically, under the law the injured party must usually collect evidence that proves the other party had a duty to maintain the property, had actual or constructive knowledge about the dangerous condition on the property which caused the accident, failed to maintain the property, and the failure caused injury.
Meeting these requirements may vary depending on the site of the accidents, as rules are different for businesses, private homes, and public or governmental spaces.
We work with families throughout Florida, including Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach. You can also reach us online by sending a message to our team right now.
Timing is often critical in these cases to preserve evidence and ensure you are best positioned to protect your rights. Do not delay–reach out to our team now.
West Palm Beach Slip and Fall Lawyers