A slip-and-fall accident may seem like a minor incident, but it can have a major impact on your life. From broken bones to head trauma, the impact of your fall injuries can linger for months or years. It is important to take quick action in order to protect your rights, but you may be unsure of what to do next or if you even have a valid claim.
Holding Florida property owners accountable for injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident is possible, but it usually requires the assistance of an attorney with extensive experience in premises liability claims. Securing the compensation you deserve begins by securing legal help as soon as possible after your slip-and-fall accident.
Visitor status and the condition of the property
The viability of your premises liability claim largely depends on the circumstances under which you were on the property at the time of your accident. Examples are as follows:
- You were invited on the property: Invitees can expect that the owner or operator of the property has taken care to eliminate or provide warning of fall hazards and other dangers.
- You trespassed: If you were on the property as an uninvited social guest or unknown visitor, the owner is likely not liable for your injuries as there is no implied assurance of safety.
If you were invited onto the property, were a social guest of the operator or owner or were a licensee whose presence on the property was known at the time, your premises liability claim must provide evidence that the condition of the property caused your slip-and-fall accident. Property owners or managers are responsible for damages caused by dangerous conditions or negligent maintenance.
When two parties are at fault
In some cases, the owner of the property may be liable for your injuries only to a certain extent. If your actions contributed to the accident in any way, both parties may be jointly liabile for the slip-and-fall accident. If this is the case, you can seek damages according to the amount of responsibility that the property owner bears for your accident.
Premises liability claims can be complex. Regardless of who is at fault or the conditions that led to your accident, you have the right to a full explanation of your rights and the legal options available to you.