Slip and Falls Can Happen to You
We often hear about slip and fall cases and probably think to ourselves that this could never happen to us, and that we have more common sense to either see the potential injury, or that we are far too graceful to injure ourselves by merely slipping on something. However, a slip and fall injury is one of the most common types of personal injury cases and the chances of it happening to any individual are more common than one may think. If you have been a victim of a slip and fall accident, you need a team of legal professionals on your side who specialize in this sort of case to work and fight for the rights and just compensation that you deserve.
Slip and Falls in Public vs. in Private
While it seems that the majority of slip and fall accidents occur in public at some sort of store or business, this is not always the case. Slip and fall accidents can also occur at someone’s home or on their private property. In many cases, the amount of liability that a person owes to another person depends on where the accident happens. If an accident occurs in a public place or at a business, not only does the company or entity as a whole have a responsibility to its patrons, but the employees also have a duty to help prevent potential accidents from occurring. Another person is generally responsible for the injuries resulting from a slip and fall case if one of the following situations occurs:
– The owner/employee caused the dangerous situation that caused the injury.
○ The dangerous situation could be a spill, a worn or torn spot on the flooring, etc.
– The owner/employee knew about the dangerous situation and did nothing to rectify the situation.
– The owner/employee knew about the dangerous situation because a “reasonable” person in the same situation would have known and would have done rectified the dangerous situation to prevent an injury.
Common Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur for many reasons and in many places. The following are some common causes of slip and fall injuries:
– Spills on the floor;
– Weather-related hazards, including:
○ Ice; and
– Abrupt changes in the flooring (ex. Uneven flooring);
– Hidden hazards;
– Poor lighting; and
– Broken flooring/surfaces.
Get Help in Your Slip and Fall Case
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a slip and fall accident, whether in a public or private place, you do not have to go through this difficult time alone. It is important to have a team of attorneys who specialize in personal injury cases examine your individual circumstance to see if you have a case that could possibly result in you recovering damages. Call the Fort Lauderdale attorneys at Boone & Davis and let us examine your situation. If you have a viable case, we will be by your side through the entire process to work with you and for you so that you can recover the compensation that you deserve.