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Slip and Fall

In Florida,  slip and fall accidents refer to situations where a person is injured by slipping, tripping or otherwise falling due to a dangerous or negligent condition on a premises. The falls can happen inside or outside a building and are caused by dangers like wet floors, uneven sidewalks or walkways, decaying or uneven stairs, faulty construction and other general defects.

Florida home and business owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to protect against an unreasonable harm caused by a dangerous condition on the property.

Some Common Premises Liability Scenarios include:

  • Slip and fall incidents at business establishments, apartment communities and private homes caused by slippery substances such as water. Most often, this occurs in restaraunts and supermarkets where foreign substances often fall onto the ground.
  • Trip and fall incidents at business establishments or private homes caused by rotting staircases and handrails and defective sidewalks or flooring.
For a building owner to be held liable for his negligence, he must have actual or constructive notice of the danger. This means the owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition before the incident took place. Establishing notice is extremely important and can mean the difference between getting compensation and a judge dismissing your case.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured in a Slip and Fall?

If you are injured due to a slip and fall or trip and fall, and you think it was due to the negligence or fault of somebody else, there are a number of actions you should take.

First, if you are hurt it is important you seek medical attention immediately. A delay in getting medical help can make a minor medical problem much worse.

Second, get as much information about what caused you to fall as possible. If you can take photographs of the defective area, please do so. Make sure the photos are clear and accurate.

Get the names and telephone numbers of witnesses. Also, note the conditions in the area at the time of the fall. For example, was the lighting poor or was there some substance on the ground that made you fall?

You should also write down other information surrounding the circumstances of the fall to help you remember information for the future.

Finally, please call the attorneys at Berger & Hicks, P.A. to assist you with your case.  We have years of experience handling slip and fall cases throughout Florida and are happy to help.