Winter Park Trip & Fall Lawyer
A trip and fall accident generally happens when someone trips and falls because of a hazard on someone else’s property. If you sustain injuries in the accident, you may have the legal right to bring a claim for damages against the property owner. Trip and fall accidents fall under a broad practice area known as premises liability. All property and business owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured every year in premises liability accidents across Florida, including trip and falls. To learn more about pursuing a premises liability claim, speak with a skilled Winter Park trip & fall lawyer.
Where Trip and Fall Accidents Can Occur
A trip and fall accident can happen anywhere, including on private property or public areas. Some of the most common places where trip and fall accidents occur include:
- Grocery stores
- Department stores
- Shopping malls
- Office complexes
- Government buildings
- Private homes
- Parking lots
- Public parks
While it’s understandable some people may feel embarrassed, and you don’t want to report the incident, it’s important that you do. Don’t just leave without reporting the incident to security or a manager. You could find out later on that your injuries are more severe than you realized. Don’t risk your right to bring a claim because you were too embarrassed to report the fall. Whenever you trip and fall on someone else’s property, you should find out who to report the accident to as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Trip and Fall Accidents
Numerous hazards can lead to a trip and fall accident. Some of the most common threats we see in trip and fall cases include:
- Poor lighting
- Uneven flooring
- Loose or torn carpet
- Spilled food
- Narrow stairs
- No stair railings
- Merchandise on the floor
To successfully recover damages in a trip and fall claim, you need to prove liability against the property or business owner. You might receive compensation for your medical expenses, medications, rehabilitation, lost earnings, physical pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
To prove liability, you need to show the property owner or business who occupies it was negligent in some way and that negligence led to your injuries. Determining liability in a trip and fall is usually complicated. You also need to show that the defendant knew about the hazard, or should’ve known about the hazard, and should’ve taken appropriate corrective action or put a warning up.
Recovering Damage from a Trip and Fall on Government Property
If your trip and fall occurred on government-owned property, the claims process would be different. Florida has laws in place that shield some government agencies from being held liable for injuries that occur on their property. To learn more about pursuing a claim against the government. Visit our governmental negligence page.
Contact a Winter Park Trip and Fall Lawyer
Before you pursue a trip and fall claim, speak with our experienced Winter Park trip and fall lawyers first. You need someone who can protect your rights and help you fight for the compensation you are owed. To learn more about how we can help, contact Israoui Law today to schedule an initial consultation.