Slip & Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident may sound simple, but this type of incident can result in serious injury for people of all ages. Wet floors, slippery grass, uneven ground, loose rugs or hazardous stairs can be difficult to identify by looks alone, and unsuspecting individuals can end up with all types of injuries. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, Gainesville’s leading personal injury attorneys, we understand how serious slip and fall injuries can be, including severe bruising, sprained wrists, shattered ankles, broken legs, dislocated shoulders, back and neck injuries, and head trauma. Injuries such as these often require hospital visits, doctor visits, pain medication and even rehabilitative treatments in order for individuals to return to a healthy state of living.
Slip & Fall Accidents in Florida
In the State of Florida, property owners may be held liable for injuries sustained during an individual’s slip and fall accident. However, the state laws can be difficult to navigate, especially when a victim must focus on healing and taking care of his or her family. Our personal injury attorneys in Gainesville are experienced in all types of slip and fall accidents and have helped clients receive settlements through mediation and premises liability lawsuits.
Slip and fall accidents fall under the premises liability laws in Florida. It is expected that property owners, occupiers and sometimes even those responsible for property maintenance, provide a relatively safe environment for visitors. If a hazard exists on the property, warning signs may be required or the property owner or occupier may be required to alert guests and visitors to the hazard. Failure to do so is considered negligence on the part of the owner or occupier.
Not every type of slip and fall can be considered a premises liability, and victims of a slip and fall accident must establish that the property owner/occupier knew about the hazard and did not repair the hazard or sufficiently warn people about the hazard. A property owner or occupier may not be found liable if they can prove they were not aware of the hazard. In order to make this distinction, properly gather evidence, and bring a case before the hazard can be removed or repaired, we recommend gaining representation soon after your slip and fall accident.
What Should I Do if I’m Injured in a Slip & Fall Accident?
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, there are a few actions you can take to help your claim.
- Take pictures of the area/scene to show the hazard.
- Collect witness information and statements.
- Seek medical attention so that injuries can be properly documented.
- Call Warner, Sechrest & Butts so your rights can be protected.
Often in a premises liability case, the property owner or occupier will try to fix or remove a hazard immediately after an individual is injured. If that happens, it can be impossible to prove that the hazard existed. That is why our seasoned personal injury attorneys are capable of collecting evidence, talking with witnesses and doing whatever is necessary to ensure that your claim can proceed. This is one of the reasons why you shouldn’t wait to consult with an attorney or gain representation.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
While a person can slip and fall in nearly any environment, there are more common safety hazards that more often lead to slip and fall injuries.
- Wet spills
- Uneven or cracked flooring
- Poor lighting
- Missing or broken handrails
- Overly slippery floors
This is not a complete list of slip and fall accident causes, and there are many ways that a property owner may be at-fault for a slip and fall injury.
In Florida, a landlord may be responsible for slip and fall accidents if a common area has not been properly maintained. If the landlord knew, or should have known, about a hazard or other unsafe conditions, the landlord could be liable for damages to the slip and fall victim. In some instances, a landlord may also be responsible for dangers that exist in a tenant’s housing if the tenant was not properly informed of the existing condition and the condition could not be caught upon inspection of the property.
Gainesville Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Warner, Sechrest & Butts is a personal injury law firm that is dedicated to representing victims of slip and fall accidents in Gainesville and the surrounding areas of North Central Florida. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, contact us immediately to ensure swift action in your claim. We specialize in personal injury, premises liability and slip and fall cases so that injury victims can receive the compensation they deserve for the negligence of property owners.
Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., is not like other Gainesville personal injury law firms. Each of our clients are important to our attorneys, which is why we are available 24 hours a day, and we return phone calls personally. Our attorneys are also board certified in the State of Florida as experts in civil trial law, certification which less than 2 percent of attorneys in the state can boast. Slip and fall victims should contact our law firm, even if they feel they are partially at-fault for the accident, so that we can evaluate your case during a personal consultation. Let our expert personal injury attorneys help you with your premises liability case.