If you’ve been injured in a Florida slip and fall accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. However, in order to be successful in your claim, there are certain important elements that must be proven.
You Were Allowed to be on the Property
Property owners and businesses owe a duty of care to those people who are legally on their property. This means they must take actions to keep people safe who are there for purposes of the property owner’s business or are lawfully visiting the property. Property owners do not owe a duty of care to people who are trespassing on their property except in very limited circumstances.
There Was a Dangerous Condition on the Property
Property owners and businesses have a duty to keep their property safe for guests and visitors. This means that they must make sure there are no hazards on the property. In order to prove a slip and fall claim, it must be shown that there was a dangerous condition on the property that was likely to cause someone injury. Examples of dangerous conditions include:
- Slippery floors
- Torn carpeting or broken flooring
- Broken staircases
- Missing guardrails on staircases
- Cracked sidewalks
- Debris on the floor
It must also be proven that the property owner was aware of the dangerous condition on the property and did not take reasonable steps to fix the condition or to warn others of the danger. Factors such as how long the condition existed and whether the property owner routinely inspected the property for dangers will be taken into consideration.
You Were Injured by the Dangerous Condition
It is not enough that a dangerous condition existed on the property; it must also be proven that this dangerous condition caused some injury to the victim. The property owner’s negligence in failing to maintain their property must be directly related to the victim’s injury. Medical documentation can be used to establish the link between the hazard and the injury.
Contact an Experienced Slip and Fall Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, then you may want to consult with an experienced slip and fall attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience helping the victims of slip and fall accidents. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today.