Premises Liability and Slip and Falls: Understanding These Cases

Imagine going on someone else’s property as a visitor. You have permission to be there and you expect to be safe from harm. All of a sudden, you encounter a piece of raised carpeting or a wet floor without a warning sign.

You slip and fall, hitting your head on the ground below. Now what?

Unfortunately, this happens far too often and those who are victims of this situation can suffer serious—sometimes catastrophic—injuries. In these types of cases, it’s important to understand what legal options may be available and how to move forward.

The Dangers of a Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents are often some of the worst because the victim may be defenseless as they fall, potentially landing on their head, neck, or back. When this happens, they can potentially suffer serious injuries including spine injuries or traumatic brain injuries.

In some situations, slip and falls can result in broken bones, internal organ damage, and more. The worst part? These are entirely preventable, and it is the responsibility of the premises owner to clean up spills, fix obstacles, or warn of a potential problem.

Proving Negligence In a Premises Liability Case

For victims of a slip and fall on someone else’s property, recognizing the different ways to prove negligence is imperative to success. There are two major factors that are considered when proving someone is liable for your injuries.

  • The owner is aware of the danger: You must be able to show that the owner of the property is aware that their premises has a potential hazard to invitees and licensees.
  • The owner did nothing to fix the problem: You must be able to show that the owner did nothing to remedy the situation and prevent individuals on the property from sustaining harm.

If you can do this, you can pursue compensation for the damages you sustained, and our Tallahassee premises liability lawyers are here to help you. When you need justice and compensation, you can count on our team at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. to guide you throughout the process. Trust us to be the voice you need to obtain justice.

To speak with a lawyer about your potential case, call us today at (850) 629-7226.