Slip and Fall Lawyer
Dangerous property conditions cause accidents.
Slip & fall and trip & fall accidents and other premises liability accidents occur when a property or business owner fails to reasonably inspect or maintain a premises, including interiors and exteriors, or creates a hazardous condition and does nothing to fix it. Likewise, a needless accident can also result from a landowner failing to warn of a danger he or she should have known about.
In general, premises liability encompasses a broad area of personal injury law pertaining to injuries caused by poorly maintained and/or dangerous property. While the most common premises liability cases involve slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents, premises liability also covers dog bites, negligent security, and other accidents that cause personal injury when an unsafe hazardous situation caused you to be injured. Making a premises liability claim right away with an experienced premises liability lawyer to ensure fair compensation for the injuries you sustained. For example, you must demand med-pay within a year to be entitled to recover it in the State of Florida. Med pay is paid out to the Plaintiff whether or not fault is accepted or liability determined. Contact our experienced Palm Beach premises liability lawyers, at the Law Offices of Carissa Kranz, and an attorney will assist you today.
What you should do if you are injured in a slip & fall or trip & fall accidents
- Pictures: The evidence of the condition that caused the injury often quickly disappears. The spill gets cleaned up, the stairs are repaired, or the hazardous condition disappears. If you are injured by tripping or slipping and falling, try to get photographs of the scene with a camera phone if you have one.
- Witnesses: Write down the names and phone numbers of witnesses, and any physical evidence. A witness can save a case when it’s your word against theirs.
- Call Police: Make sure you get an incident report documenting the incident immediately so there is proof and evidence that the injury occurred.
- Medical treatment: Make sure you treat the injury immediately.
- Slip and Fall Attorney: We can help you get the money you need to pay for your necessary medical treatment, pain and suffering, and give you what you deserve to move forward with your life.
What are some typical property defects that cause accidents
- Grocery store spills
- Dropped food and spills in restaurants, including fast-food and convenience stores
- Slippery or wet floors, stairs or sidewalks
- Slippery floor-cleaning products
- Missing handrails
- Broken or uneven steps or stairs
- Garbage spills
- Poor drainage
- Puddles, rain, ice or snow
- Swimming pool accidents
- Cracked or uneven pavement, sidewalks or flooring
- Torn or uneven carpeting
- Cracked, uneven or poorly repaired sidewalks or passages
- Electrical wiring
- Negligent construction work
- Inadequate or dim lighting
- Failure to warn of hazards
Premise Liability accidents can occur almost anywhere you go, including:
- Malls and shopping centers
- Restaurants and bars
- Fast food restaurants
- Coffee shops
- Parkings lots
- Apartment buildings
Are slip and fall injuries serious?
Falls can cause serious injuries, including badly broken bones in the wrist, arm, leg, foot or spine. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic head injuries each year. Falls cause half of all traumatic brain injuries in children ages 14 and younger and more than 60 percent of brain injuries in adults ages 65 and older. Older adults are also particularly at risk for a spinal injury during a fall, with 25 percent of spinal cord injuries resulting from falls. Falls are the leading cause of spinal injuries in adults older than 65.
Florida Slip & Fall Accident Law
Florida has specific laws pertaining to slip and fall accidents, which states what a trip and fall victim must prove to recover damages from bodily injury. The injured person must show that the property owner or manager had actual or constructive notice or knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have acted to remedy it. Constructive knowledge means the dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that, in the exercise of ordinary care, the business should have known of the condition, or the condition occurred with regularity and was therefore foreseeable. Actual notice means the dangerous condition existed and was actually noticed, and not remedied. Actual notice is easier to prove negligence. Often defense attorneys will file a motion for summary judgment based on constructive notice.
An experienced Florida premises liability attorney knows how to prove constructive knowledge, and overcome motions for summary judgment to dismiss lawsuits for lack of legal notice. Businesses where spills and obstructions are likely to occur, like restaurants, bars, malls, and stores often have constructive notice, rather than actual notice of the latent danger. Usually, surveillance video must be subpoenaed to catch the dangerous hazard and the slip and fall to determine how long the dangerous condition was there before the fall. If you tripped and fell and were injured while in a business establishment due to a dangerous condition, the Law Offices of Carissa Kranz, Injury Legal Firm, is here to help you.
Other Premises Liability Accidents to Consider in Florida
In addition to slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents, premises liability law covers many other property-related accidents and injuries, such as: elevator and escalator accidents, swimming pool accidents, amusement park accidents, dog bites and animal attacks, water leaks or flooding, homeowners claims, mold cases, toxic fumes or chemicals, negligent security, poor lighting, and/or other safety precautions from lack of maintenance and due care that lead to injury, assault, or even death. Florida courts often look to whether the hazard was foreseeable in deciding premises liability cases. Law Offices of Carissa Kranz has skilled personal injury lawyers who can assess premises liability cases and lead you in the right direction for compensation so you don’t fall again. We are here to catch you.
Talk to an Experienced Palm Beach County Premises Liability Lawyer Today
If you suffered injury or bodily harm due to a dangerous property condition, or the negligence of another, contact a premises liability lawyer now. We must request surveillance video and other evidence be preserved legally before it is too late. Evidence lost makes your case harder to prove and an implied duty nearly impossible to prove. In Palm Beach, call the Law Offices of Carissa Kranz for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to give you legal advice and get you justice and compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact us now and we will give your case the attention it deserves.