Fort Lauderdale Slip & Fall Lawyer
Did You Fall on Someone Else's Dangerous Property?
When you slip and fall on someone else’s property due to unreasonably hazardous conditions, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim and hold the property owner accountable for your injuries. By failing to clean up obvious spills, remove tripping hazards, or properly warn visitors about a falling risk, negligent property owners can be considered legally liable for your damages – and, as a result, required to pay appropriate compensation.
At Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A., our slip and fall accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale are ready to help with your claim. We know exactly how damaging these accidents can be, and we’re prepared to take your case all the way through to trial if it becomes necessary. You deserve the chance to seek justice, and when you call our experienced team, you can rest easier knowing that we’ll apply our more than 50 years of experience to your injury claim.
To get started on your case with a FREE consultation, call us at (888) 499-6206.
Common Injuries in a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents may sound trivial on the surface, but in reality, the resulting injuries can be nothing less than catastrophic. Here are some of the most commonly-seen injuries after a serious slip-and-fall:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Severe head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bruises, cuts, and lacerations
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Ankle and wrist sprains
- Displaced or herniated discs
- Jaw and tooth damage
Children and the elderly are often more vulnerable to serious injuries in a slip and fall, but even if you have a prior condition, you are entitled to pursue justice for your injuries. Under the “eggshell plaintiff” rule, a property owner must protect all visitors against clear hazards – even if those visitors have a pre-existing condition or vulnerability.
Anyone who has sustained injuries similar to those listed above should not hesitate to speak with a Fort Lauderdale slip and fall attorney to determine whether or not they have a case to file for personal injury compensation.
Proving Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident
In order to file a claim and obtain recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, you must first establish liability. This can only be accomplished by presenting strong evidence, including witness statements, photos of the accident site, and medical evaluations of your injuries. That means it’s critical for your lawyer to have good investigative skills, and to perform a thorough evaluation of your case during the trial preparation phase.
Here are some of the things you will need to show in a slip and fall claim:
- That the liable party failed to remove, fix, or repair a dangerous condition on their property;
- That you never received fair warning about this hazardous condition;
- That it’s reasonable to expect that the property owner should have taken action; and
- That slipping or tripping on this hazard directly caused your injuries.
Slip and fall claims can be tricky to prove, because you will need to show that the defendant failed to exercise a “duty of care” towards you as the plaintiff. It’s not enough to simply claim that they knew about the hazard: It needs to be apparent that the property owner suspected it would be dangerous, but still failed to exercise due diligence.
This is why it’s helpful to have a lawyer assist you in gathering evidence to prove your claim, because they know exactly what documentation you need and have handled numerous similar cases. By securing the right legal counsel, you will be more likely to receive a positive settlement or verdict, and get the medical care that you deserve.
What Is "Reasonable Care" In Slip & Fall Cases?
When looking at a property owner's "reasonableness," their efforts to maintain a safe environment on a consistent basis will be examined. Of course it ultimately depends on the situation and the events leading up to the fall, but answers to questions like these may help prove whether or not the property owner used reasonable care:
- If the slip or fall happened on part of the ground where it was wet, loose, torn, broken or damaged in some other way, had the harmful obstacle been in place long enough for the owner to know it existed?
- Does the property owner stick to a regular maintenance schedule in order to maintain the grounds?
- Was there a legitimate reason for why an object was on the floor, if that is what caused the accident?
- If there was a good reason behind an object being an obstacle, but that reason is outdated and no longer applicable, could the item have been covered up, taken away or made safer in some way?
- Was there another place the item could have been located, placed or stored that would have been safer?
- Would it have been better if a sign or barrier was created to prevent people from injuring themselves?
The potential merits of your slip and fall claim can be affected by a number of circumstances. In the most basic terms, however, you must have been an invitee or licensee. Essentially this means that you were a guest, visitor, worker or other invitee who was lawfully permitted to be on the premises where your accident took place.
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