Many people do not realize it, but Slip and Fall accidents are the most common accidents that result in hospital visits in the United States today. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), over 1 million people each year go to the hospital due to a Slip & fall accident. 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors. https://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/
Slip and fall accidents are generally considered “premises liability” cases in Florida and most other states in America. These cases arise when a property owner or custodian is negligent in the maintenance, repair and upkeep of the property in question. Many states have laws that require landowners to maintain their property so that it does not present an unreasonable risk of harm to those that visit the property. Often, these laws pertain to both business owners and homeowners.
In many states, a merchant/store owner has a responsibility to people who use his premises to exercise reasonable care to keep his aisles, passageways, and floors in a reasonably safe condition. This responsibility includes a reasonable effort to keep the premises free of any hazardous conditions which reasonably might give rise to damage. Wet or overly waxed floors, obstructions in the middle of aisles, and other obstructions are normally seen as the owner’s responsibility here in the state of Florida.
Premise liability cases include: “slip and falls at commercial establishments caused by liquids or foreign substances; “trip and fall incidents caused by unsafe property conditions; “construction site accidents and, assaults by employees or business patrons in many states, business owners and property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for individuals on their premises.
If you are injured because a property owner or a business establishment fails to provide a safe environment, even if you are an employee at that establishment, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages incurred due to your injury. In many states, these damages include pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.
The liability of a premises owner or operator depends on the state and federal laws that apply to the circumstances. For example, an owner of a home or public store has a duty to warn you about any known hazards that you might encounter. Construction workers are legally obligated to warn and protect the public from hazard at their work sites. Depending on individual circumstances, all may still be liable for injuries you receive while on their premises, even if they warned you of potential injury.
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If you or a person you care about gets injured in a “Slip and fall” accident or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation, contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.
At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that Slip and fall accidents happen all the time. If you are in a Slip and fall accident because of the negligence of a business, property or home owner, then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.
Learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an Slip and fall accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/slip-fall-accident/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Auto Accidents, Boating Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.