Under Florida law, the owner of a property may be held liable if someone is injured in a slip and fall accident on the premises. Slip and fall accidents are typically caused by a slick substance, a faulty surface, inadequate warnings, or numerous other dangerous conditions. These types of accidents can often result in very serious injuries, and it is therefore extremely important for those involved in a slip and fall—or any type of premises liability accident—to contact an experienced attorney.
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, our Clearwater-based slip and fall attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of premises liability claims. Our founding attorney, Fran Haasch, has been practicing law for many years and has worked with several surgeons, doctors, chiropractors, and massage therapists who understand common injuries and can work with you to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. We invite you to call our office and discuss your slip and fall accident case. We have a no win, no fee policy; unless compensation is obtained for you, there is no fee owed.
Call (727) 784-8191 or submit an online contact form to request your initial evaluation today.
Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
The factors involved in slip and fall accidents are numerous and beyond the scope of this article, but there are some more common causes of these accidents that we tend to see time and again.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet or polished floors of a commercial building
- Spilled water
- Ditches and uncovered holes in the ground
- Poorly designed stairs
- Defective pavement designs
- Broken handrails
- Tattered mats and carpets in commercial buildings
- Low illumination and lighting
- Missing warning signs
- Failure to remove ice and snow
- Carelessly placed floor mats in commercial buildings
It’s often believed that only the elderly are prone to slip and fall accidents, but this is a misconception. Negligence and carelessness can result in a fall accident for just about anyone, regardless of their age.
How Premises Liability Claims Work
Slip and fall accidents can be tricky when it comes to suing the person responsible for causing the accident. Negligence often has to be proven with evidence to build a solid case in your favor.
Property owner negligence can take any of the following forms
- Poor maintenance
- Improper inspection
- Poor repairs
Additionally, in order to pursue a slip and fall injury claim, you must show that 1.) The property owner owed you a duty of care, 2.) The property owner failed to reasonably uphold this duty of care, and 3.) The property owner’s failure to uphold the duty of care led to your injuries.
Typically, to prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care, you only have to show that you were legally on the property at the time the incident occurred. Proving that the property owner failed to uphold this duty of care can be a bit more complex, but typically involves factors such as, did the property owner fail to warn you of a dangerous condition, like spilled liquid? Was there insufficient lighting, causing you to stumble and fall? Did the owner fail to properly repair uneven flooring or a broken handrail?
Our attorneys can assist you in every aspect of your premises liability case, including showing how the property owners’ negligence led to your injuries and how this has affected your life. We work to recover the maximum compensation you are owed for the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Other economic and non-economic damages
Our Attorneys Can Fight for Your Fair Recovery
Our seasoned and professional slip and fall attorneys in Clearwater can help you understand your legal rights and options. The Fran Haasch Law Group has been representing clients with moderate to severe injuries for nearly 20 years. We are determined to bring you justice and help you recover fair compensation for your losses. Our firm serves clients in Clearwater, Tampa, Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, and the Greater Tampa Bay Region and beyond.
Were you injured due to dangerous conditions on someone else’s property? Call the Clearwater premises liability lawyers at The Fran Haasch Law Group at (727) 784-8191 today.