When many people think of premises liability accidents they imagine someone slipping on spilled liquid in a grocery store, someone falling down a poorly lit stairwell or tripping on an uneven walkway. Although these types of premises liability accidents in South Florida do occur frequently, there are many other types of slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents often take place during the winter weather months due to snow and icy conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than one million people injured each year on someone else’s property, which can include apartment buildings, business complexes, grocery stores, city sidewalks or an individual homeowner’s property. Most of these slip and fall accidents could be prevented if the property owner took the proper precaution to suitably maintain the grounds.
During winter time, if ice isn’t scraped off the sidewalks or salt isn’t put down, it could create slippery and dangerous conditions. A property owner could be held liable for the serious injuries that could occur to people who visit their property including:
- Broken bones
- Leg injuries
- Knee injuries
- Hip injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Traumatic brain injury
By law, property owners have a duty of care to maintain the property to ensure the safety of those stepping onto their property. If a person is injured on the property, the property owner must have notice of the property’s existence of the condition before anyone can hold them liable for their injuries.
Because slip and fall accidents in South Florida and throughout this nation are complex, it is important to have an experienced Fort Lauderdale premises liability lawyer on your side. If the property owner knew about a problem on the property or should have known about the dangerous winter weather conditions and didn’t do anything about it, you should file a legal claim against the negligent property owner. The property owner can be held liable for your injuries.
Compensation gained in a premises liability lawsuit can cover your medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages due to missed time at work, and instances of pain and suffering. If you were injured in a South Florida slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call a knowledgeable Broward County slip and fall lawyer at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld today for more information about your rights. You will receive a free legal consultation by calling [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today.