Slip & fall accidents are a common occurrence around the country. Because these falls are typically unexpected, slip & fall accident victims routinely increase the magnitude of their injuries due to awkward or contorted body positions and increased force, when they impact the ground or other nearby objects.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 20% of slip and fall accidents result in a serious injury, such as broken bones or head trauma and account for 2.5 million emergency room visits, 800,000 hospitalizations, over 30,000 deaths and almost $31 billion in associated costs each year.
We believe that the costs associated with hiring a lawyer shouldn’t prevent any serious slip & fall accident victim from obtaining sound legal counsel. Because of this, our law firm handles all slip and fall accident claims on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no out of pocket expenses and you only owe attorney’s fees if we settle your claim or win a favorable verdict in court.
Despite injuring millions of people each year, most slip and fall accidents can be prevented. Here are the the most common causes of slip and fall injuries:
If you believe a dangerous property hazard caused your injury, you must prove two things to have a premises liability claim that is capable of achieving a settlement or court verdict for compensation:
Sarasota property owners have a duty to take reasonable measures to protect individuals who inhabit their property, either temporarily or permanently, from undue or unnecessary risk of injury or death.The defendant’s degree of duty to the plaintiff depends on how the plaintiff is classified by the court.
Depending on the circumstances however, the defendant’s obligation to an individual on his or her property may vary. The plaintiff – the individual filing the lawsuit against the property owner – will be classified as an “invitee,” a “licensee,” or a “trespasser,” depending on the circumstances of the case.
Invitee – Someone who is an invitee is welcomed onto premises for commercial reasons, either implicitly or expressly. An example of an invitee would be a customer shopping at a convenience store or department store. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care; if an invitee is injured as a result of an unreasonable risk, or a risk that could have been prevented if the owner of the premises properly exercised his or her duties, the owner may be considered liable for the injury.
Licensee – A licensee is someone who is invited onto premises, either expressly or implicitly, for reasons other than commercial transactions. A house guest, for example, is a licensee, not an invitee. A defendant owes a licensee a duty as well, though not to the same degree that he or she would owe an invitee. Typically, a plaintiff who is a licensee is only eligible for financial compensation if he or she suffered an injury because the owner of the premises failed to reasonably protect his or her guest and inform him or her of known risks.
Trespasser – An individual who is a trespasser is a person who enters onto premises without the consent of the property owner. Property owners have the least duty to protect trespassers from harm. It can be very difficult for a trespasser to obtain financial compensation for an injury sustained on a property. The exception to this common law involves children. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a property owner may be held liable for the injuries to or the death of a child trespasser under Florida’s Attractive Nuisance Doctrine.
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