Have you been injured in an accident on someone else’s property in Lorida, Florida? If so, you may have a claim against the property owner or the business operating the property under the legal concept known as premises liability. The law of premises liability includes a property owner’s liability for numerous types of incidents, but the most common claims are for slip and fall, and trip and fall, accidents.
Slip and falls are no laughing matter, especially for older people. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, each year 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments across the country for fall injuries. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury. One out of five falls (20% of falls) causes a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury. The average hospital cost for a fall injury is over $30,000. Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries in the United States are $31 billion annually.
Common fall injuries include: cuts and bruises; sprains, broken bones; neck, back and spinal cord injuries; shoulder, arm, wrist and hand injuries; hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries; joint dislocations; concussions; traumatic brain injuries; and even death. Many of these types of injuries require costly surgical and/or long term treatment. This is why it is so important that property and business owners maintain a safe environment.
Slip and fall accidents can occur nearly everywhere – a sidewalk, a supermarket, an office, or even a governmental building. Common slip and fall and trip and fall cases involve: wet, oily or slippery floors; debris and other obstructions in walkways; potholes and uneven walking surfaces, unmarked hazards; loose, damaged or neglected flooring, stairs, streets, sidewalks, curbs, wheel stops, and walkways; structural defects; poorly lighted areas; negligent property maintenance; defective or improperly repaired equipment; and poorly trained or negligent employees.
When you visit someone else’s property in Lorida, particularly a business property, you expect the property to be reasonably safe. Unfortunately, businesses and other property owners commonly fall short of that expectation. Worse yet, it is often very clear that the property owner or business knew about the danger, but for whatever reason failed to implement effective safety measures or take the necessary action to correct or adequately warn about the known dangerous condition. This negligence frequently causes people to fall.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a Lorida, FL slip and fall accident, please call the Cloud Law Firm for a no-hassle, free consultation at: (863) 402-2207. We will be happy to meet with you in person at our Highlands County office located at 205 S Commerce Ave, Sebring, FL 33870. We want you to know your rights and we will provide the advice and help you are searching for. If you retain us, we will get to work on your case right away. You have nothing to lose by calling because there are no attorneys’ fees unless we win your personal injury case.