Property owners owe a duty of care to anyone who they allow on their premises. When they are negligent of this duty, accidents happen.
Slip and fall accidents are a major safety concern today. According to the National Safety Council, over 8 million people suffered non-fatal falls and almost 40,000 people were killed in fall-related accidents in 2019. When a slip and fall accident occurs on someone else’s property, it is highly possible that the property owner’s negligence led to the accident.
If you have been hurt in a fall, you may need to seek compensation for your injuries. Here are a few ways negligence may have caused your Florida slip and fall accident.
4 Ways Negligence Caused Your Florida Slip and Fall Accident
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that the defendant and plaintiff’s actions are considered when deciding appropriate compensation. Even when your actions contributed to a slip and fall accident, you may still be eligible for compensation.
These examples of failure to take reasonable care could apply to your situation.
1. A reasonable owner had adequate time to fix the hazardous condition.
If the owner or representative of the property where your accident took place had adequate time to fix a hazard before your slip and fall, the court may deem them negligent and liable.
2. A reasonable owner failed to provide adequate warning to prevent an accident.
Similarly, if the owner or representative of the property knew or should have known about a hazard on their premises and did not provide any warning of the hazard—in the form of signage or blocking access—the court may rule that they are liable for your Florida slip and fall injuries.
3. A reasonable owner did not provide adequate lighting where the accident occurred.
Even if the owner or representative provided adequate warning about the hazard, if the area was not lit well, they may owe you damages.
4. A reasonable owner had a policy for checking for hazards and did not follow the policy.
Furthermore, if the owner or organization who manages the property has a policy that requires them to check for hazards and they failed to follow through on it, you could help your Florida slip and fall case by documenting this.
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While these examples may help you understand more about your slip and fall case, you should always talk to an attorney to go over your options. An experienced Florida slip and fall attorney will help you build your case so you can have the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.
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