Premises Liability & Trip and Fall Accidents
Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., is Gainesville’s leading personal injury law firm for victims of trip and fall accidents. Although these types of personal injuries are sometimes lumped in with slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents are categorized by the nature of the accident in which a victim trips or catches his or her foot on an object or hazard. Even though the two types of accidents differ, they can both end in serious injury and even death.
Trip & Fall Accidents
Trip and fall accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability. In Florida, property owners or occupiers are expected to provide a relatively safe environment for visitors. Failure to do so is considered negligence, and when property owners become negligent, it opens the door for serious injury.
There are many ways that a person can experience a trip and fall accident. The causes of a trip and fall accident may include:
- cracks in a sidewalk or concrete
- uneven flooring
- debris left on flooring
- loose floor boards
- unexpected obstacles in walkways/hallways
- wires, cables and extension cords in walkways/hallways
- missing or broken steps
- absence of an adequate handrail
If the cause of your trip and fall accident is not included on this list, it does not mean that you aren’t eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. This is just a list of some of the most common causes of trip and fall accidents, so if you’ve been injured, seek a personal injury lawyer at Warner, Sechrest & Butts. Our Gainesville attorneys are experienced in handling a variety of personal injury claims and lawsuits, and we are qualified in correctly identifying situations that are a result of negligence and premises liability.
Who is Accountable in a Trip & Fall Accident?
In the State of Florida, several people or organizations may be held accountable when a person is injured or killed in a trip and fall accident due to hazards on a property. Owners of the property are the most likely to be held accountable, however, occupiers of the property may be held accountable in certain situations. Maintenance companies or property managers may also be liable for injuries that occur on the property they manage or maintain.
Overall, those who own, work or reside on the property should warn visitors of any known hazards. This could include posting signs or placing hazard cones at or near the hazard, but it can also include verbal warnings. Visitors to a place of business are afforded the highest level of care when it comes to premises liabilities. It is understood that the business owner or property manager will provide a safe area for consumers. Homeowners and renters should also provide a similar level of care to visitors of their property. While it’s unlikely a homeowner is going to post a “wet floor” sign or place hazard cones around a deteriorating stairway, he or she is responsible for alerting visitors to any known trip and fall hazards.
How a Premises Liability lawyer Can Help
A common misconception that many people have is that if a person trips, falls and becomes injured, the property owner or establishment will offer financial aid for their recovery without the need to file a trip and fall lawsuit. That just isn’t the case in most instances.
At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, too often we find that property owners or occupiers try to hide or remove a hazard so it is more difficult for the victim to prove the hazard existed and that the hazard caused the injuries. If you’ve been injured, contact a Gainesville attorney at our personal injury law firm so that we can begin helping you right away. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced in gathering evidence from the scene, talking with witnesses, and determining who can be held accountable for your injuries. If someone you love has died due to injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. It is devastating to lose someone you love, but when the accident could have been avoided, the grief can be overwhelming.
Warner, Sechrest & Butts is a personal injury law firm comprised of compassionate and dedicated professionals who work diligently for each and every client we meet. We are available 24 hours a day because we know how important our clients are, and we want to be available when you need us the most. If you have been injured in a trip and fall accident, don’t let growing medical costs and lost wages consume you. Let us shoulder some of your frustration and anxiety while we work to get you the compensation you deserve.