Slip and Fall Accident Risk Factors
The term slip and fall accident sounds fairly mild. After all, many of us stumble or trip on things in our everyday lives and end up with bumps and bruises but emerge from the experience no worse for wear. However, slip and fall accidents do have the potential to cause severe injuries. People can end up injuring themselves in ways that can result in them missing out on potential income, losing money to expensive treatment, or developing a disability that affects career prospects. These slip and fall accidents have a way of occurring when people least expect them and often at the most inconvenient of times. The causes of slip and fall accidents are many and are often the result of a liable party’s negligence.
Slip and Fall Accident Injury Claims
Those that have been injured in a slip and fall accident can suffer severe injuries like a spinal injury or traumatic brain injury. The damages that come as a consequence of these injuries deserve to be compensated in the event that the accident was caused by a liable party’s negligence. Slip and fall accident victims can take legal action against those responsible for their injuries with a slip and fall accident claim. By proving that the injuries they received were caused by an accident that occurred because of a liable party’s negligence, a plaintiff can make their case for their entitlement to the compensation they need to cover the damages they suffered.
Proving negligence in a slip and fall accident claim is no simple matter and negotiating a fair settlement takes experience and skill. Don’t hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys of Eberst Law. Our lawyers can fight on your behalf for your right to compensation and make sure you are not taken advantage of by the insurance company. You can contact Eberst Law online through a contact form or call our office at 772-225-4900
The Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Poor Conditions of a Walking Surface
Naturally, the surface that we walk on is one of the most obvious things that may contribute to someone tripping and falling. When walking, people expect reasonably flat and dry surfaces with a good amount of traction. This is a very simple thing to expect of a property owner yet many fail to maintain these reasonable walking conditions. Walking surfaces can be compromised by being wet with water or other liquids or ice. The walking surface can also be uneven due to loose floorboards, rugs, or potholes that can trip people.
The environmental conditions that interact with a floor and consequently, a person’s ability to walk safely, play a part in contributing to slip and fall accidents. Lighting is an environmental condition that can either make it difficult for people to see obstacles because of lack of light or can cause glare on a floor’s surface that can blind a person. Things on the floor such as debris, electrical cords, or trash can also lead to people tripping and falling.
Ladders and Stairs
Many slip and fall accidents happen on things such as stairs, ladders, and ramps. The likelihood of a slip and fall accident occurring in areas such as these increases when there is no handrail available for people to use. Having things like ladders improperly secured can cause collapses and wobbling that can lead to dangerous falls.
Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents
When one of the aforementioned things leads a person to slip and fall, the question of who is liable becomes a primary concern. Most slip and fall accidents fall within the premises liability category of personal injury law where the owner of a property failed to provide safe conditions for an invitee or licensee on their property. The property owner can range from a business like a grocery store or office to the owner of a rental property they are leasing.
Consider Eberst Law Firm for Your Slip and Fall Accident Claim
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in the Stuart, Florida or Gainesville, Florida area, contact the experienced personal injury team at The Eberst Law Firm. We are ready to handle your case. Our skilled lawyers will be happy to speak with you about the details of your case and offer some options of what kinds of legal action you can take. With representation from Eberst Law, you can be assured that you will have an experienced injury lawyer in your corner fighting to ensure you receive the compensation you need.
Slip and fall accidents can often turn out to be much more complex than many would anticipate. Sometimes there may be more than one liable party or perhaps a pre-existing condition may complicate matters. Regardless, it is within a plaintiff’s best interest to speak to the experienced attorneys of Eberst Law about how we can help you secure the settlement that you deserve.
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