Slipping and falling on a wet or highly-waxed surface, one with spilled produce (like the banana peel), or other debris can cause serious injuries and even death. Some of the injuries we see in slippery floor accidents are spinal cord and traumatic head injuries, herniated discs, and severe bone fractures. Falls are especially serious in the over-65 age group, because older people are more likely to break a hip in a fall.
Proving an Owner is Negligent for Fall Accident
Property owners are legally responsible for the condition of their premises. Anyone who allows the public onto their property is required to take precautions to protect visitors’ safety and to promptly eliminate any hazard that may occur. Until it’s cleaned up, they should place signs and barricades warning of the danger and preventing anyone from entering the area where the hazard exists.
Floors in restaurants, malls, stores, schools, apartment or office buildings, hospitals, hotels, and many other places can become slippery or dangerous due to leaks, wet weather, spills, mopping, waxing, and so forth.
When slippery floor conditions occur and are not blocked off and cleaned up, a fall can occur causing serious injury. The owner can often be held liable for injuries that result. This is best accomplished with the help of an experienced slip and fall attorney, who must prove that the owner or one of the owner’s employees either caused or allowed the condition to remain after having every opportunity to learn of it. Your attorney will also need to show that the accident actually caused the injury, and that the victim suffered actual damages because of the injury.
If you’ve been badly hurt in a slip or fall accident, you deserve to be compensated for your damages. This means you should receive a recovery sufficient to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and any other losses you incurred as a result of the accident.
Have You Been Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident?
If you've been hurt in a slip and fall accident you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free consultation.