Friday, August 28, 2015

Examples of Property Owner Negligence That Can Lead to Trip and Fall Accidents

Slipping,tripping, and falling can happen anywhere where a person is standing or walking inside or outside. Most of us have experienced a trip and fall accident1 at some point in our lives. In most instances, these accidents result in minor or even non-existent injuries. In some cases, however, the injuries that people sustain in slip and fall accidents are serious and require intensive medical care. This is particularly true for certain populations, including older adults and people with certain medical conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to injury.

Regardless of the individual characteristics of a victim, people or businesses that engage in negligent conduct that results in a slip and fall accident can often be held liable for injuries and other losses they cause. In some cases, it may not even be apparent to victims that their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. It is important, therefore, for anyone injured in a trip and fall accident to discuss their situation with an experienced with an experienced attorney. Not only will an attorney determine whether you have a claim, he or she will ensure that you receive the full value of any claim you may have. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater trip and fall attorneys, call our office today at 727-451-6900.

Common hazards that are often the result of negligence
Slip and fall accidents can occur in a number of ways, not all of which entitle victims to compensation. For example, some trip and fall incidents are simply the result of a person’s own clumsiness or carelessness and occur without being caused by another’s negligence. There are some hazardous conditions, that while not always the result of negligence, tend to not to occur in the absence of negligence. These include the following:

·       Exposed electrical wiring
·       Liquid spills
·       Debris left in walkways
·       Inadequate lighting
·       Liquid spills
·       Cracked pavement
·       Lack of handrails
·       Uneven stairs
·       Slippery floors
·       Accumulations of snow or ice

Whether a trip and fall accident is actionable is often a very fact specific issue that requires significant legal analysis. As a result, anyone who has been involved in any type of slip and fall should discuss their case with an attorney as soon as possible.

Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries
The injuries that people can sustain in trip and fall accidents can be extremely serious. Some of the more common are listed below:

·       Broken bones
·       Traumatic brain injuries2
·       Soft tissue injuries
·       Spinal cord injuries
·       Concussions

These and other injuries that people often sustain after falling have the potential to require significant medical treatment, including surgery, rehabilitative therapy, cosmetic procedures, and hospitalization. In addition, these injuries can also cause victims to experience significant physical and emotional pain suffering.  Fortunately, these and other losses are often compensable through a personal injury claim.

People who are injured in slip and fall accidents should keep in mind that any claim that they may have is subject to Florida’s statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which a claim may be filed. By retaining an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs, victims can ensure that their claim will be filed in a timely manner and that they receive the compensation to which they are entitled quickly and efficiently.

Contact a Clearwater trip and fall lawyer to schedule a free case evaluation

People who have been injured in a trip and fall accident should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. In many cases, trip and falls are caused by the negligence of property owners or others, meaning that victims will likely be able to recover compensation for any losses they sustained. The kinds of losses for which compensation is often available after a slip and fall accident include physical and emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and loss of enjoyment of life, among others. The Clearwater trip and fall accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated to helping people hurt by the negligence of others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office at 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756