Unexpected falls can be some of the most disastrous scenarios, especially on someone else’s property. Slip and falls occur more often than you may think, and they cause long-term injuries. It’s vital for those who suffer harm to recognize their rights whenever this occurs.
Slip and fall cases typically fall under premises liability law. Premises liability is a property owner’s duty to ensure that their property is safe for others who are legally on the grounds to avoid harm. When the property owner fails in this regard, they can be held accountable for any damages that a person suffers.
Below, we’ll explain some of the most critical factors of premises liability claims, including:
- When a premises liability lawsuit applies
- Injuries sustained in a slip and fall
- Who will pay compensation
If you suffer an injury because of a property owner’s negligence, know that we’ll work to help you safeguard your rights. Call us today at (888) 444-8508.
When a Premises Liability Lawsuit Applies
A premises liability case can include any establishment, as well as homes (owned and rental). For instance, you can suffer a slip and fall in a hotel, restaurant, workspace, grocery store, or commercial building. Or, if you have been invited to someone else’s home, it’s the homeowner who is most often responsible for the damages.
One important thing to keep in mind is that premises liability claims often only apply when you suffer an injury while legally on someone else’s property. However, the law dictates that property owners must provide proper notice of dangers they are aware of, keep the grounds safe, and post no trespassing signs.
The property owners owe these responsibilities regardless of a person’s status when entering the property.
Injuries Sustained In a Slip and Fall
When someone slips and falls, they’re essentially losing their footing. The impact of the fall can cause significant damage. For instance, when someone slips, they can become airborne. As a result, a person may land on their spine or head with substantial impact.
Some of the most common injuries that occur in a slip and fall are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spine injuries
- Shoulder and neck injuries
- Cuts and abrasions
- Severe sprains
Some slips can result in knee injuries, such as torn ligaments. These often require surgery and ongoing care, as well as pain that lasts a lifetime.
Who Pays Compensation In a Premises Liability Claim?
The party responsible for the damages after a slip and fall is often dependent on where the incident occurs. For instance, if the slip and fall occurs on a commercial property, the business’ insurance provider pays for the damages. If the accident occurs inside a home or on someone’s personal property, liability can change up a bit.
Both homeowners’ and renter’s insurance can hold responsibility depending on who was liable for the danger. In any case, it helps to have a lawyer on your side who can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.
At Burnetti, P.A., we have worked for many years to provide the highest level of legal service when it matters most. We take matters of negligence seriously, working hard to hold people accountable and protect the rights of the injured.
Our Florida premises liability attorneys know that you can seek compensation for the damages you endure after a slip and fall. We will give you a voice, allowing you to focus on your physical recovery while we navigate complex legal matters on your behalf. We’ve been representing Florida for more than 25 years, and we are here for you when it matters most.