Lakeland Slip & Fall Attorney
Slip and fall injuries are much more common than most people realize. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slips and falls account for more than 1 million emergency room visits every year. Many falls can be fatal, especially if the victim is elderly. Moreover, falls account for five percent of the job-related fatalities of women and 11 percent of fall-related fatalities for men. If you slip, trip, or fall on someone else’s property and you suffer injury as a result–be it a concussion, bone fracture, spinal cord injury, or any other harm–you should not just assume the fault is your own. Store owners, restaurant managers, employers, homeowners or renters, and apartment managers have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for invited guests. If they fail to do so, and you get hurt, you have the right to compensation for your injuries.
The talented and effective Lakeland slip & fall attorney at The Turnbull Firm has years of experience helping injured victims recover after slip & fall accidents. Despite common belief, injuries resulting from slip & fall accidents can be very serious, resulting in permanent damage, pain and suffering, and even death. If you were injured as a result of the negligence of a property owner or operator, you need a strong legal team in your corner to prove your case and maximize your potential recovery. Our Central Florida slip & fall accident attorney is here to help.
Common Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents
Homeowners, apartment renters, building managers, employers, store owners and operators, construction companies, and anyone else who controls and operates property on which you were either invited or otherwise entitled to walk are responsible for keeping you and other visitors safe. They must keep the floors clean, make sure their staircases and other features are strong and safe, and clear out hazardous debris. If they fail to do so, and you are injured as a result, you may have a personal injury claim.
The seasoned and effective slip & fall lawyer at The Turnbull Firm can help you establish the cause of your injury and demonstrate that the owners and operators of the premises were at fault. Common causes of premises liability accidents include the following:
- Slippery or wet floors or parking lots
- Spills left uncleaned and insufficiently marked
- Uneven tiles or other flooring surfaces
- Ice, snow, or water in an entranceway or other walkway
- Staircase collapse or broken railings
- Uneven floors or walkways
- Unmarked and abrupt changes in elevation, such as small, hidden steps
- Narrow staircases
- Raised or cracked sidewalks
- Abrupt edges on sidewalks or driveways
- Change in the substance of a floor’s surface
- Unsecured rugs or carpets
- Inadequate lighting
These sorts of hazards can be present in a variety of locations: Shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, a private home or apartment, an office building, a factory, or even in public spaces such as sidewalks, parks, or government buildings. Our premises liability team has years of experience proving that slip & fall injuries were caused by the negligence of the owners or operators of a premises and securing compensation for our clients as a result.
Proving Premises Liability in Florida
In order to successfully bring a slip & fall claim in Florida, you must establish that the owner or operator of the premises had some duty to you, that they breached or violated that duty, and that breach led to your injury. If there were dangerous or hazardous conditions that caused the fall, then whoever was in charge of maintaining that property is responsible for the resulting injury. There are thus a few steps in the process of establishing any premises liability claim:
- Obligation or duty. For a property owner to be liable, they must owe some duty of care to the victim. Generally, stores, restaurant owners and other public places that invite visitors have a duty to keep their property safe and regularly inspect the property to watch out for unidentified hazards (such as spills). Homeowners also have a duty to invited guests, but their duty is less than owners of public spaces; they must fix any known hazards or warn guests of their presence, but they are generally not required to inspect their property for new hazards (unless they, themselves, are the cause). In either case, only invited guests are typically owed a duty of care. If you are trespassing on someone else’s property, you are unlikely to have a claim for premises liability if you are injured in the process.
- Breach or violation of that duty. The owner or operator of a premises must have done something to violate their duty in order to be liable. If they failed to keep the premises safe in some fashion, such as if an employee causes a spill and leaves it unmarked and unattended, or if a lack of adequate lighting causes you to trip over an object, a part of the building, or a piece of equipment, you may be able to show that the owner breached their duty of care.
- The extent of the resulting injury. Slip & fall accident victims (or their families, if the accident proved fatal), are entitled to recover damages for injuries resulting from a breach of duty. Injured parties can recover damages such as medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and wrongful death. Your Central Florida slip & fall lawyer can help you determine the available damages and how best to prove them.
Call a Knowledgeable Lakeland Slip & Fall Attorney After a Central Florida Slip & Fall Accident
If you or a loved one were injured on someone else’s property as a result of their negligence, The Turnbull Firm can help you recover the damages you are owed. Our dedicated Lakeland slip & fall attorneys will aggressively pursue your claims and fight for the recovery you deserve. Contact the Lakeland office of our personal injury law firm for a free consultation at 863-324-3500.