On the surface, a slip and fall may seem like a minor, everyday accident that is easily recovered from. But, depending on the factors involved, it could just as easily result in major injuries. Depending on the location of the slip and fall and the age and health of the person involved, an individual can sustain serious injuries like broken hips, shattered knees, fractured bones, deep cuts, and traumatic brain injury.
When the cause of the slip and fall is negligence on the property owner's part, he or she could be liable for the damages you sustained. An experienced Melbourne slip and fall attorney will be able to investigate your case and determine whether enough provable liability is present to obtain favorable compensation.
The legal team at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter has over a decade of experience and a shared passion for fighting for restitution in personal injury cases. If you have suffered injuries from a slip and fall due to property negligence in Brevard County or the surrounding areas of Orange County, Seminole County, Indian River County, or Osceola County you must act fast to avoid time limitations on recovery. Call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 for your free case consultation today. We will conduct a liability investigation for you and fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
According to Florida code, every property owner, and/or premises caretaker has a responsibility to keep their property safe for all visitors. If necessary maintenance and repairs are not conducted within a reasonable amount of time, the property owner or caretaker is considered negligent and, therefore, liable for any injuries that occur due to the negligent care.
Liability for negligence applies to all visitors to the property with implied invitation, actual invitation, or no invitation including:
The percentage of liability depends on the level of invitee or lack of invitation. The only exception is for circumstances considered "attractive nuisances" in Florida law where children are attracted to the premises by something dangerous. No matter the circumstances of your injury on another person's property, you should check with a Florida personal injury attorney to see if your damages are eligible for restitution.
Florida is known for its tourist attractions and vacation culture. Therefore the number of retail stores, restaurants, entertainment establishments, and rental properties is not surprising. However what can be surprising is the amount of intentional or unintentional negligence in these places. What a landowner may consider a minor nuisance to place further down the to-do list can actually be a dangerous circumstance that can cause accidents like a slip and fall. Conditions that frequently cause this kind of situation resulting in a slip and fall include:
Conditions like these may seem minor inconveniences to a landowner but can result in serious, expensive injuries that can be permanently disfiguring. If you have suffered a slip and fall according to one of these or another condition you could be eligible for compensation for expenses including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced Florida personal injury attorney will be able to evaluate your case and identify what compensation you may be eligible for.
Even if you believe you are mostly at fault for your slip and fall accident, you could still be eligible for compensation from the property owner or caretaker if negligence was involved. Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, which means you are eligible for the same percentage of damages as the percentage it was the landowner's fault for the accident.
For instance, if a landowner posted a sign over a spill but failed to clean it up in a reasonable amount of time and then you slipped and fell on the spill because you were running around the store, the judge could decide you were 70% at fault for ignoring the sign and behaving recklessly, but the store was 30% at fault for being negligent with the spill. If your damages were $100,000 you would then be eligible for up to $30,000 in compensation. An experienced Brevard County slip and fall attorney can help you estimate the liability percentages in your case and fight for the restitution you deserve.
Even though a slip and fall can seem like a minor occurrence, it can often result in life-long injuries. When your slip and fall is due to a landowner's negligence, he or she should be held responsible under premises liability law. If you have sustained injury as a result of a slip and fall in Melbourne or the surrounding areas of Cocoa Beach, Rockledge, Sebastian, Satellite Beach, St Cloud, or Kissimmee, call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 today for your free consultation. You could be eligible for recompense of a percentage, or even all of your damages. Call or submit our online contact form now.