When a commercial property owner does not maintain their premises so that it is safe for guests, or does not warn the visitor of an existing dangerous condition, an accident and resulting injury may easily occur. Almost all slip, trip and fall cases involve invitees and licensees. Invitees are owed the highest duty and standard of care because the property owner invites these individuals onto their premises, usually for business purposes. A licensee is usually a relative, friend or other social guest. When a guest slips, trips and falls on the premises of a commercial property owner that was caused by negligent conduct and an injury results, they may seek compensation in a personal injury claim. Attorney Brandon Stein offers a complimentary consultation for slip, trip and fall victims.
What is Slip, Trip and Fall?
Actually, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents result from different causes. A slip and fall accident is caused when an individual slips on a wet, oily, greasy or otherwise unsafe and dangerous slick surface. A trip and fall accident occurs because of uneven flooring, a missing stair, a protrusion in the flooring, a surface abnormality or other reason that causes the victim to trip. Both slip and fall and trip and fall cases must prove that the property owner was negligent in the upkeep and maintenance of their property. Equally important in Florida is the requirement that the property owner or operator had prior knowledge of the dangerous condition. In accordance with Florida Statute 768.0755, the business owner must have had either actual or constructive knowledge of the hazard. Therefore, following a slip and fall or trip and fall it is imperative to document the condition causing the fall through photograph or creation of an incident report with the business establishment.
Injuries that commonly result from slip, trip and fall accidents include hip fractures, head and brain injuries, spine injuries, bone fractures, knee, ankle and leg injuries, back injuries and much more. Children and the elderly are particularly prone to severe injuries. Deaths from falls are not uncommon, especially among elders.
Examples of Commercial Property
Commercial property refers to a wide variety of property which usually exists to create income. Commercial property includes office buildings, restaurants, nightclubs, movie theaters, malls, shopping centers, parking lots, stores, industrial property, warehouses, retail establishments, theme parks, tourist attractions, cruise ships, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, entertainment facilities, stadiums, airport terminals, gas stations and much more.
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Compensation
Personal injury lawsuits often seek compensation for present and future medical expenses, lost income, future lost income, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and more. The survivors of a deceased slip, trip and fall victim may seek compensation for medical expenses, burial expenses, survivor pain and suffering, projected lost income (based on the predicted life expectancy and earnings of the victim) and much more. Attorney Stein will explain this in detail to you.
Attorney Brandon Stein provides aggressive and thorough representation to his clients in Miami and throughout the State of Florida. He respects his clients and his role as a client advocate and he will fight for the maximum amount of compensation available under the law. Attorney Stein makes himself available to his clients and he promptly returns phone calls and emails. Clients are updated as to the progress of their case and questions are invited. There are no legal fees for personal injury and wrongful death cases unless your case is successfully settled or won in court. To schedule your complimentary case review, contact Attorney Brandon Stein at 786-766-8701.