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Can I file a premises liability suit following a slip and fall?

An ordinary trip to the grocery store or to another person’s home in Florida may, unfortunately, end up leading to a trip to the hospital if you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident at the property. Slip-and-fall accident cases typically fall under a broad category referred to as premises liability cases. In these cases, the owners of the property where you were hurt may be held liable for your injury.

What kinds of dangerous conditions may be grounds for a suit?

A wide range of dangerous conditions can cause you to be injured on another person’s property, including a torn carpet or changes in a building’s flooring. Other hazards may include poor lighting or a wet floor, including the presence of standing water.

Outside of a building, hazards may include uneven pavement, the lack of handrails or even a pothole in the parking lot. In order to receive monetary compensation in a premises liability case, you must have suffered some sort of injury.

What do I have to prove in a premises liability case?

In the majority of cases, the person injured in a slip-and-fall accident on another party’s property has to prove that the accident was caused by a hazard and that the property possessor or owner knew about this hazard.

A hazardous condition is one that presents a risk to somebody and is considered unreasonable. In addition, it has to be a condition that the injured person could not have expected under the given circumstances. The latter requirement implies that visitors at a property have to be aware of their surroundings and avoid any obvious dangers they see.

To establish liability in a case involving premises liability, you must show that the owner was aware of the hazardous condition and negligently avoided correcting it. In addition, you must demonstrate that the dangerous situation existed long enough for the property possessor or owner to have been able to discover and remedy it prior to your injury incident on the property.

How can an attorney help?

It is important to get in touch with a knowledgeable Florida attorney as soon as possible following your injury accident on someone else’s property. Your attorney can share with you what you can reasonable expect to be the outcome of a premises liability claim and help you to move forward with pursuing damages. If awarded, monetary damages may help you to cover your medical bills, the loss of wages and other losses resulting from your accident.