Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occur everyday in places all around Southwest Florida. A personal injury case stems from a slip and fall accident that occurs on someone else’s property, such as a retail store, gas station, a bank, or any business you may frequent. This responsibility or duty of your safety comes under the umbrella of premises liability. If someone slips and falls on premises that are owned or maintained by someone else, then there may be grounds to file for compensation for any injuries sustained as a result of that slip and fall accident. Any dangerous conditions or negligence on behalf of the owner of the property can result in the owner being legally responsible for any harm caused due to those conditions or of negligence.
Who Is At Fault?
Slip and fall accidents happen in all sorts of places, restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, shopping malls, and even car dealers. Any place you may be invited to shop or purchase items, and they can also occur in public places such as on sidewalks and parks. However, in many cases people sustain injury from slip and fall accidents through no fault of their own. This can include:
- Wet floors at restaurant, grocery store, etc.
- Items on the floors of retail locations
- Pallets of merchandise blocking aisles
- Unsafe stacking of boxes in overheads
- Loose gravel or big elevations/deviations
- Cracks in sidewalks
- Other dangerous conditions
If however you or your business are being sued for a slip and fall accident and it is the fault of the injured party – for instance, if the party was under the influence of alcohol or drugs – then that person is responsible for his or her own injuries due to inappropriate and irresponsible behavior. If alcohol was a factor, often times the victim is incapable of recovery.
Make A Claim
There is a variety of ways in which a person may be involved in a slip and fall accident, and proving that the accident was due to someone else’s mistake or negligence isn’t always easy. That’s why it is very important to have Attorneys that are skilled in slip and fall type accidents or has a deep knowledge of premise liability. Often times, the victim of the slip and fall will be put on the defense to show their actions did not contribute to the accident.
When involved in a slip and fall accident, it is advisable to gather as much information as possible in order to support your case should you decide to make a claim. Some of the things that a person can do are as follows:
- Taking photographs of the scene and your injury
- Getting the names of any witnesses
- Making a written complaint to management at the scene
- Get immediate medical attention
- Call DANIELS & HANNAN at (941) 932-8007
You should then seek immediate legal assistance, as an experienced personal injury lawyer that has dealt with a number of premises liability cases in the past should be able to help you get compensation. The Attorneys at DANIELS & HANNAN will aim to get you compensated for any medical expenses that were incurred as a result of your slip and fall accident, harm or injury, pain and suffering, and where applicable loss of earnings.
Call DANIELS & HANNAN now for your free consultation at (941) 932-8007 or Contact Us.
DANIELS & HANNAN Attorneys at Law provide experienced legal services in Criminal Defense, Family Law, Divorce Law, DUI Defense, Personal Injury, and Business Law. Providing full service legal representation throughout Southwest Florida with primary offices located in Lakewood Ranch Florida representing clients’ in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Hillsborough Polk, and Charlotte counties. Daniels & Hannan has the experience needed to manage legal matters before Florida State, County, and Federal Courts in Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Venice, Fort Meyers, Naples, and others throughout Southwest Florida.