Slip & Fall Accidents
Florida Slip and Fall Law: An In-Depth Guide by QBM Legal
Slip and fall accidents can leave victims with severe injuries, burdensome medical bills, and a potential inability to work. If such an incident occurs due to a hazard that the property's owner or management knew about and failed to correct, you may be entitled to pursue legal action.
Navigating this process can be complex; hence the attorneys at QBM Legal are here to help you every step of the way. Call us today at (954) 669-0809 for assistance.
Understanding Slip and Fall Accidents and Liability
Several conditions can lead to slip and fall accidents, such as uneven walking surfaces, unmarked obstacles, wet or slippery areas, improperly maintained properties, or steps or stairs without handrails. The injuries from these accidents can be severe, ranging from broken bones to spinal cord injuries. Typically, whoever was in charge of maintaining the property is liable for the accident, usually the property owner or manager.
Some frequent scenarios leading to slip and fall accidents include:
Uneven surfaces, such as a fractured sidewalk
Unmarked obstacles, like a step, curb, or cord
Wet, slippery surfaces due to spills or leaks
Poorly maintained property, like parking lot potholes
Steps or stairs without handrails
Victims of these accidents may suffer broken bones, dislocated joints, traumatic brain injury, or even spinal cord injury. The liable party is usually the person or entity responsible for maintaining the property, often the property owner or manager.
Understanding Property Owner Liability in Florida
Under Florida's premises liability law, property owners are obligated to keep their property reasonably safe and hazard-free. If the property owner or manager is aware of a potential unsafe situation, they must act quickly to rectify it. If they can't address the issue promptly, they must alert visitors of the hazard, either by cordoning off the area or using clear signage.
However, it's important to note that the property owner's liability primarily extends to invitees (e.g., customers, contractors) or licensees (e.g., social guests). Trespassers typically don't receive protection, and the owner may not be liable if the injured party's actions contributed to the accident.
The crux of establishing negligence lies in demonstrating that the property owner knew, or should reasonably have known, about the dangerous condition.
Navigating Property Owner Liability
Under Florida law, property owners are expected to maintain their property safely and free of hazards. If they knew or should have known about a potential unsafe situation, they must act promptly to correct it.
Proving Property Owner Negligence
To prove negligence in a slip and fall case, four key elements need to be established - duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages.
The challenge lies in proving that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.
To demonstrate negligence in a slip and fall case, four key elements need to be established:
Duty of care: The property owner had a duty to keep the premises free of potential hazards.
Breach of duty: The owner failed in this duty, allowing a potentially dangerous condition to persist.
Causation: This hazard was the cause of the slip and fall, leading directly to injuries.
Damages: The victim incurred measurable damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages.
How QBM Legal Can Assist You
Our experienced team at QBM Legal is dedicated to providing comprehensive assistance to victims of slip and fall accidents.
Case Evaluation: We'll thoroughly assess your case, identifying if negligence played a role in your accident.
Evidence Gathering: Our team will compile necessary evidence, such as photographs, video footage, witness testimonies, and medical records, to strengthen your claim.
Claim Preparation and Filing: We'll prepare your claim, ensuring all documentation is accurate, comprehensive, and submitted within the legal time frame.
Representation and Negotiation: We'll represent your interests, negotiating with insurance companies, and if required, present your case in court to secure the compensation you deserve.
Ongoing Legal Consultation: Our team will provide you with continuous legal consultation throughout the case, keeping you updated on all proceedings and answering any questions you might have.
Post-Settlement Guidance: After the case is settled, we'll continue to offer guidance on managing your settlement funds and dealing with any potential tax implications.