Each year, millions of Americans visit the emergency room from injuries caused during an unexpected fall. A slip and fall injury can occur anywhere, including a supermarket, retail store, at work or in someone else’s home.
Immediate steps should be taken if you or someone you know was hurt after a slip and fall. After receiving emergency care, reach out to a Davie slip and fall attorney. Victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The Davie slip and fall attorneys at Gordon & Doner have the resources and knowledge needed to help injury victims fight for their legal rights. We understand how frustrating it can be to suffer a debilitating injury in Davie due to no fault of your own. We are on your side and are ready to help you.
Duty of Care
When walking into a retail store or supermarket, it is often expected that the space will be safe and free of hazards. This duty to provide a safe environment is the property owner’s duty of care. However, in Florida the duty of care may depend on the relationship between invitee and owner of the premises.
Invitee – An invitee is a person invited onto the premises either personally, i.e. invited over to someone’s home, or as part of an invitation to the public, i.e. to a grocery store. In this case, the owner has a duty to fix or make known hazards on the property. They must also inspect the premises for any possible hazards that could lead to an injury. Failing to warn about dangerous conditions or failing to fix them could lead to a premises liability claim.
Trespassers – A trespasser, also known as a licensee, is someone who has not been invited to the property and is there for their own reasons. In some cases, this could simply be someone attempting to steal or cause damage. In this case, the property owner has very limited duty of care.
If you were an invitee and slipped and fell, you may be entitled to file a claim against the premises owner for failing in their duty of care. After an accident, report the incident to management or the property owner. Get medical treatment and document as much information as possible including the names of any witnesses.
Contact an experienced Davie slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. We can help if you had an accident that was not your fault. We understand that dealing with the paperwork involved in insurance claims can be overwhelming and the insurer may try to pressure you into settling a claim as soon as possible. Do not sign any paperwork until you contact a Davie slip and fall attorney.
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Causes of a Slip and Fall
There are many situations that could lead to a slip and fall accident including weather conditions, such as heavy rains. However, a slip and fall claim implies that the owner of the property where the accident occurred failed to notify others about the dangers of the slippery surface.
Some common cause of slip, trip, and fall accidents include:
- Cracked sidewalks
- Loose or ripped carpeting
- Poor water drainage (leading to standing water)
- Uneven flooring
- Poor lighting
- Lack of handrails
- Poorly maintained grounds/debris
- Defective products, such as a ladder
A cluttered floor can particularly be dangerous if loose wires, cables, and cords are not stored properly.
Although most people can be injured in a slip and fall accident it is important to note that children and older adults are much more susceptible to suffer serious injuries due to their brittle bones.
Slip and fall accidents are preventable with adequate safety precautions and warnings. If you or a loved one has suffered from a slip and fall accident due to another party’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Contact a Davie Slip and Fall Attorney
Gordon & Doner is experienced in defending the rights of slip and fall victims. Proving that a business owner or home owner was negligent can be difficult. In some cases, several parties may be involved and could try to place blame on victim.
Our Davie slip and fall attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim and determine if you are entitled to compensation. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
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