Slip and Fall Attorneys in Jacksonville
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Slip and fall injuries are one of the most common types of premise liability cases filed in the state of Florida. These types of cases involve the responsibility of the property owner and their inattention to potential risks. Slip and falls often result from trips or slippery surfaces, but can also occur for a variety of other reasons.
The Most Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
There are a number of reasons a person can experience a slip and fall, but most of these types of injuries can be caused by the three categories:
- Trips – When something blocks a person’s walking path and results in a fall.
- Steps – When there is a failure or hole in the person’s walking surface.
- Slips – When something wet or slick forces a person to lose their footing.
The injuries associated with a slip and fall can be much more severe than people may realize. From causing a concussion to broken bones, they are definitely not “minor” accidents. Elderly individuals can suffer from devastating hip fractures, which could become life-threatening. The property owner is liable for any slip and falls on their property if:
- They caused the unsafe condition
- They knew about the unsafe condition and did nothing to fix it
- They should have known and taken care of it within a reasonable amount of time
Determining liability in these types of cases is not easy. Because sometimes you may have other factors or other individuals aside from the property owner to blame.
Who to Name in Your Suit
There may be more than just a property owner listed in your slip and fall lawsuit. Some parties that you may list include:
- The property owner
- An employee that caused the hazardous condition
- The company responsible for maintaining the area
How to Prove the Property Owner is at Fault for Your Slip and Fall Accident
Proving your case in a slip and fall incident requires you to prove four factors: duty, breach, cause, and injury. These concepts are relatively simple and an attorney can easily tell you if you have all four present in your case during a free case evaluation.
If you were injured, then you are required to prove that the owner or other party was actually negligent and that they breached their duty to provide you with a safe property. Also, you must prove that you had a right to be on that property. If you were trespassing, you may not have a valid claim.
Landowners are Responsible for Maintaining Safe Properties
A landlord is required to keep his or her property safe, but that only extends to a certain type of visitor. Each type of visitor has a different level of expected duty from the landowner, which includes:
- General visitors, such as family or friends or other non-business type guests receive a simple duty of care.
- Visitors that benefit the landlord, such as customers, are supposed to receive a stricter duty of care.
- Trespassers have no duty of care nor are they supposed to receive any duty of care from the property owner.
Getting Compensation for Your Slip and Fall
After a slip and fall injury, you are likely going to have losses and bills. But, determining what you are entitled to let alone how much compensation requires an attorney. Just some of the compensation items you may qualify for include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
Slip and Fall Lawyers in Jacksonville
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall injury, contact the slip and fall attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde & Ashton, P. A. today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will meet with you, answer your questions and help you determine if you have a case.
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What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)