Trip, Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall, Trip and Fall Accident Lawyers
“Slip and fall injury” and “trip and fall injury” are the general terms for injuries that occur when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Slip and fall injuries can result from such problems as water, rain, grease or other slippery substances on the floor or stairs, as well as poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as uneven pavement or a hard-to-see hole or pothole.
Private property and business owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe for visitors, employees, customers, and anyone who sets foot on the grounds. When they do not properly maintain their premises and injuries result, the owner and parties responsible for maintaining the property may be held responsible for any injuries caused by the unsafe property.
Under Florida law, the property owner or occupant may be found liable if it can be proven that property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and did not correct it or, if they, themselves caused the dangerous condition and failed to correct it. The owner or occupant may also be found negligent if it is found that they should have known about the dangerous condition as a responsible caretaker of the property.
If you are involved in a slip and fall or other type of premises liability incident, it is extremely important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to preserve the evidence. Oftentimes hazardous conditions are corrected within days or even hours of someone being injured. Under Florida law, once a dangerous property condition is made safer through what is known as a “subsequent remedial measure,” any evidence of that improvement is not admissible at trial. To show that the defendant was negligent, a lawyer needs to obtain photos of the property conditions as they were at the time of the incident and before they are corrected.
At the law firm of Gillin Gillin & Lindbaek, we have experience in all types of slip & fall and premises liability cases, including injuries caused by wet or uneven floors, cracked sidewalks, unsafe stairs, poor maintenance of public facilities, dog bites, falling merchandise cases, negligent security, parking lot accidents, construction site accidents, and swimming pool injuries.
Our attorneys will help and guide you through the legal process and will quickly act to investigate the accident and preserve the evidence in your slip and fall or premises liability case.