If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident in Florida, request a free consultation with a Steinger, Iscoe & Greene attorney in order to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation.
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of injury for individuals in Florida and throughout the nation. Whether it occurs as a result of a simple accident that could not have been prevented, or due to the negligence or carelessness of another, the injuries that may result can be very serious. For instance, business and other property owners may be liable for any injuries that occur on their property under the legal theory of premises liability. Under this theory, owners of Florida property, whether public or private, have a duty to protect those who are legally permitted to be on the property by ensuring that any dangerous or hazardous conditions are made known to others and promptly remedied.
Despite what many people believe, injuries resulting from a slip and fall can be quite serious. A fall from a great height, onto a hard surface, or near a sharp or other dangerous object all can cause severe injuries, permanently disabling medical condition, and even death in some cases. Common injuries include, but are not limited to:
All of these can be quite serious, and may render an individual unable to work, either on a temporary basis or for a prolonged period of time.
There are a variety of circumstances and factors that can contribute to a slip and fall accident in Florida. Areas that are under construction or being remodeled can cause hazards. Uneven, poorly maintained, or otherwise slippery sidewalks or flooring can prove injurious. Similarly, a business owner who knows of a spill or other hazard who fails to promptly remedy or repair the situation can be held liable for injuries that result. At the very least, property owners must take steps to warn customers or other guests who enter the property about potential hazards. For instance, a business owner might post signs and warning cones around an uneven flooring surface or slippery area in order to prevent these types of injuries altogether.
While not all slip and fall accidents are preventable, some result directly from the negligent or careless behavior of others, including property owners. When an injury occurs due to another’s negligent behavior, compensation is often available. People purchase insurance policies to protect themselves in these situations; as a result, injury victims should not hesitate to seek the compensation that they need and deserve as they struggle with hefty medical bills, a loss of income, and physical and mental recovery from the ordeal. Contact Steinger, Iscoe & Greene at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Orlando, Okeechobee today to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, and learn how you can seek compensation for your injuries.