Slip & Fall / Trip & Fall

Accidents and injuries often result from activities that we deem as “dangerous,” but seemingly ordinary tasks can cause injury under certain circumstances. Injury can in fact occur when a person least expects it, such as when they are shopping at the grocery store or even visiting a friend in their home. Under Florida law, an owner of property must use reasonable care to maintain their premises in a safe condition. The property owner must warn a person like a visitor or tenant of hidden dangers which are known or should have been known, and which are unknown to the visitor or tenant. A person who is injured through a slip and fall or trip and fall due to a dangerous condition on someone’s property has the right to claim damages if the property owner failed to repair or warn about that condition. If you are injured is a slip and fall you should first follow these eight steps and then call a Florida premises liability attorney toassist you in determining who should be liable and in asserting your claim for damages.

Types of Property Where Falls Occur

The theory of premises liability applies to nearly any sort of Florida real estate. Owners of offices, stores, homes, other buildings, and private land have a duty to warn of hazards on the property and take reasonable steps to make the premises safe.

Types of Fall Hazards

Slip and fall accidents occur from a wide range of possible hazards and injuries, which might include:

Stairwell Accidents

Accidents on stairwells can result from any number of conditions, many of which are the responsibility of a property owner or manager to repair. These may include:

  • Foreign substance on one or more steps, causing someone to slip;
  • Broken or loose steps;
  • Irregular or uneven steps due to poor design or construction;
  • Irregular or uneven steps due to poor maintenance;
  • Missing or broken handrails;
  • Low lighting conditions; or
  • Non-compliance with building codes or regulations.

Injuries from Stairwell Accidents

Most stairwell accidents involve a fall of some sort, usually the result of slipping or a structural failure of the stairs themselves. These can cause cuts and bruises, sprains, or fractures. Severe accidents could cause brain or spinal cord injuries, paralysis, or even death in some cases.

Other Common Slip or Trip & Fall Accidents

  • Slip and fall due to a foreign substance or object on the floor;
  • Fall in a poorly-maintained stairwell ;
  • Injury due to other poorly-maintained building condition;

The Deerfield Beach injury attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. represent people in Palm Beach and Broward County who have been injured by dangerous conditions on someone’s property. Contact the firm through this website or at 954-428-9333 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.