Do not assume that it is your fault that you slipped on spilled liquid or food, fallen down stairs, or tripped on a floor that isn’t in a safe, well-maintained condition. The owner of a property has a legal responsibility to keep the premises safe and a legal responsibility to you if you are injured as a result of the property owner’s negligence. If you or a loved one has had such an accident, talk to one of the experienced slip and fall lawyers at Harrell & Harrell, P.A. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to determine the strength of your slip and fall injury claim and evaluate your rights and due compensation.
Trip and fall accidents can be embarrassing and awkward, but it’s important to not dismiss these incidents too quickly. Some slip and fall injuries are not immediately apparent, or injuries that seem to be minor at the scene may become more severe over time. Because these accidents may have long-term implications for your health, well-being, and even your livelihood, you should consult an expert slip and fall lawyer for guidance. An experienced lawyer can sort out the complex issues that surround slip and fall injury claims. In many cases, there is more than one entity who may be held responsible, such as the property owner, the property manager, and others.
In general, slip and fall accidents fall under the practice area of premises liability in that the owner of the premises is legally responsible to keep the premises safe for others to use.
There are many different kinds of accidents involving tripping, slipping and falling. These are some of the most common types:
Knowing what to do—and what not to do—after you or a loved one has had a slip and fall accident can help ensure that all of your legal rights are protected. Here are tips on what steps to take in the event you have such an accident:
Each slip and fall case is different, as are the injuries they can cause. Some of the most common injuries are lacerations, contusions, sprains, and/or fractures. These are just some of the types of injuries our slip and fall lawyers have seen while representing our clients:
As mentioned above, a property owner—or an agent or employee of the owner— has a responsibility to keep his or her property safe for visitors and protect them from an unreasonable risk of injury while on the premises. Although the circumstances of a slip and fall accident may seem clear cut, such as tripping in a store on a slippery floor mat that was unsecured, they often are not.
Among the many other aspects of a slip and fall injury claim, it must be proven, according to the 2018 Florida Statutes, that “the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it.” Such knowledge “may be proven by circumstantial evidence showing that … the dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that, in the exercise of ordinary care, the business establishment should have known of the condition or the condition occurred with regularity and was therefore foreseeable.”
The burden of proving that a slip and fall injury was due to negligence or carelessness on the part of the property owner or operator is on the victim, and the laws pertaining to premises liability cases are complex. That’s why having an experienced slip and fall lawyer on your side is essential to ensuring that your case is thoroughly investigated and properly prepared. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries at a business that you believe may have not provided a safe environment for visitors, don’t hesitate to contact Harrell & Harrell, P.A. Our attorneys offer case evaluations at absolutely no cost or obligation to you, and we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis—if we do not win your slip and fall injury case, you will not owe costs or fees.
A personal injury such as a slip and fall injury can have effects on your life that go far beyond immediate medical bills. We always take into account the true impact an injury can have on our clients’ lives in the form of both economic and non-economic damages. Such damages may include but not be limited to:
As with any type of accidental injury, it’s important to make sure that you understand all of the possibilities and let an experienced personal injury lawyer handle any settlement offers from an insurance company. We fight big insurance companies every day, and we know that their goal is to pay out as little as possible. Our goal is to help you get all you deserve.
Remember that the serious effects of a slip and fall accident often don’t become apparent until well after the accident itself, these effects include all of the costs and emotional impact over the course of the following months or even years.
The experienced slip and fall lawyers at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., in Jacksonville will help you pick up all of the pieces and work to ensure every consideration is made for you and your family’s future needs. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation by filling out the form at the top of this page or calling us at 800-251-1111. We will gladly meet with you at our office, in your home or office, or at the hospital.
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