What You Need to Know About Premises Liability Injuries
A slip and fall is just what it describes – the visitor trips, slips, and falls on a hazard that was present because the property owner failed to clean it up.
You may have a property or premises liability claim if the property was not in a safe condition which resulted in you being injured. If the property was in a dangerous condition and the owner or landlord should have known about the dangers, if there was enough time to repair the condition but the repairs had not been conducted, and if there was no warning to the public, you likely have a Florida premises liability claim.
Premises liability injuries include:
- Slip and Fall – A home owner, commercial or private property owner, and landlord can all be held liable. Incidents include slipping on drinks, water, puddles, spilled food, ice and snow, and can result in severe head injuries and spine injuries, broken bones, a dislocated back, shoulder, or hand and even death.
- Trip and Fall – If the pavement is uneven , there are tree roots coming up through the ground, there are pot holes, torn carpeting or broken stairs – all of these make it very difficult to walk which can result in an injury such as a trip and fall.
- Falling Objects – In a superstore or a hardware store, a large box can fall from its storage place above your head. A hanging object in a restaurant can fall from its place, or a display in a department store might come loose from its anchor hitting the unsuspecting below in the head. Around a construction zone materials can fall, ladders can come loose, falling metal, glass, wood, or unsecured machinery can injure those on the property.
- Falling through an unsafe floor – Around construction sites, there are frequently unsecured areas with uneven flooring, hidden hazards, flooring that is not solid, or soft floors.
- Drowning – Around the pool injuries can occur such as drowning, near drowning or diving injuries which potentially can cause paralysis, death, brain and spinal cord damage.
- Heavy Machinery Injuries – These can happen at an amusement park, a sports club or health spa, or any where machines found in commercial facilities. Injuries can include head and spine injuries, and the loss of limbs.
It may appear obvious that your accident was not your fault, but premises liability law is complicated and sometimes matters overlap. Federal, state, and local ordinances dictating safety must all be understood and applied. An investigation must be launched into the ownership of the property and how long the hazards have been present.
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You may have been injured by something in plain sight. That doesn’t matter under Florida law, even though the property owner will make that claim. You can still file an action against the business or property owner if they have failed to repair a property or warn the visitor of any existing dangers.
Be sure to get the names of witnesses, call 911 and seek immediate medical care when you are injured. If you can, take pictures of the hazard that caused your injury. If you cannot, make sure someone else can take a picture, even if it is with a cell phone. Following an injury on a property, you would be well-advised to contact a Jacksonville premises injury attorney to protect your rights.