Slip and Fall Accident?

Uneven stairsEvery year, nearly 200,000 Floridians end up in the emergency room because of slips and falls. The youngest and oldest among us are the most vulnerable to serious injury from such incidents, but a hard impact with the ground can hurt (or even kill) anyone.

What most of us do not realize is that the vast majority of fall-related injuries are not just random accidents. They are often the result of hazardous conditions which are unnoticed or even invisible, such as when a poorly-cleaned spill has left a particular piece of tile floor extremely slippery. The party responsible for the maintenance of a property is also responsible for ensuring that reasonable steps are taken to keep the property safe.

DANGEROUS CONDITIONS THAT MAY CAUSE SLIPS AND FALLS

There are several potential hazards that can lead to injuries from slipping and falling, some of the most common include:

  • A sudden step or other change in elevation without a warning sign;
  • A poorly-lit area, especially with uneven footing;
  • Slippery floors, even if they are only “slippery when wet”;
  • A change in surface (e.g., from tile to flooring) that has an improper transition piece;
  • An unsecured throw rug or mat that can wrinkle up and trip you and/or slide under your feet;
  • Concrete or pavement with cracks large enough to cause trips, including those caused by roots;
  • Numerous similarly dangerous circumstances.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

If you are injured because of dangerous conditions at the home of another party, it is fairly easy to determine that the homeowner is probably responsible. But what if you slip and fall while walking through a store that is owned by Alan, managed by Bill, rented by Cedric, and maintained by DEF Maintenance? In the latter scenario, determining the responsible party depends on the specific circumstances of the case. Any one of these parties could be held responsible (or even a combination of the four).

TAKING THE NEXT STEP

If you have suffered an injury after a trip, slip or fall and are facing mounting medical bills and/or lost wages, it is time to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. At the Law Offices of Joseph C. Miller, we offer free consultations, and if we end up taking your case, there are no legal fees unless we secure compensation for your injuries. To schedule an appointment, contact our offices today at (904) 358-2020.

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