Compensation for Common Slip and Fall Injuries
You’re in the grocery store, or at the mall, or at your favorite restaurant. One minute you’re on your feet, and the next you’re flat on your back. If you’ve ever slipped or fell in a public place, you know how embarrassing it can be; everything stops, and all eyes are on you as you fumble to get back on your feet. Slips, trips, and falls may not seem like anything major, but injuries from these types of accidents are often more serious than you originally think. Injuries due to slip and fall accidents can be severe and lingering, resulting in thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment in doing things you once took for granted.
Common Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common type of accident. Injuries due to slips and falls send over 8 million people to the hospital each year. According to the National Safety Council, among the most common locations for slip and fall accidents to occur include:
- Doorways, entrances, and exits;
- Areas with heavy traffic, such as crowded aisles in a store;
- Cluttered aisles or hallways;
- Uneven surfaces on walkways;
- Wet floors, either as a result of condensation, or due to spills; and
- Stairs, due to poor lighting, inadequate step size, or lack of handrails.
Unsafe conditions that may result in slip and fall injuries can occur anywhere: on the job, in a retail or grocery store, at a hotel or resort, in a friend’s home, or even just walking down the street. Injuries can range from mild to severe, and even life threatening. Head injuries, neck, back and spinal injuries, wrist, hip and pelvic fractures, and pulled or torn muscles and tendons are all serious – and unfortunately common – injuries due to slip and fall accidents.
Compensation for Injuries Due to Slip and Fall Accidents
Under Florida law, you may be entitled to collect damages for injuries due to slip and fall accidents under the legal theory of premises liability. The first step in a premises liability case is determining the injured party’s status – your reason for being in the place you were injured. Odds are you were visiting the place you were injured as one of the following:
- A public or business invitee: This applies to stores, restaurants, hotels, malls, public parks or attractions, even your job. As a public invitee, you are invited to enter property that is open to the general public. As a business invitee, you are invited to enter for the purpose of conducting business.
- A licensee by invitation: This applies to being a social guest in someone’s home or on their property.
In either of the above situations, you have been invited to be where you are, and the owner of the property owes you a ‘duty of care’. This duty of care includes keeping the premises reasonably safe, and correcting or warning of dangerous situations, such as poorly lit stairs, or uneven walkways. If the property owner has breached this duty of care, you may be entitled to collect damages for your injuries, as well as compensation for pain and suffering.
Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a slip and fall accident, contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III. Our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers understand how serious injuries due to slips, trips, and falls can be. Serving all of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, we’ll fight to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today.