West Palm Beach Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
Serving West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Orlando & throughout Florida
The legal professionals at Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A., which has offices in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, Florida, have noted that of the various types of personal injury claims that may be listed under the legal category “premises liability” slip and fall are the most common claims brought to a courtroom.
Slip and fall accidents can happen in and outside of homes, on campuses, in stores, around parking lots, and anyplace where one may be a guest or visitor. West Palm Beach slip and fall accident attorney is ready to help you.
Some Of The Main Locations, We Are Serving For:
- West Palm Beach, Florida
- Boca Raton, Florida
- Orlando, Florida
State of Florida Laws
In Florida, slip and fall accidents are governed by standard regulations and rules that are specifically outlined and strictly followed.
If you’re bringing such a premises liability claim, your cause can be served well by hiring a attorney who has experience and success in such cases.
A knowledgeable lawyer who thoroughly understands the legal intricacies of slip and fall accidents will be able to help you determine if you do have cause to bring suit, and, if you do, how to best ensure that you will receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
Grounds for Filing a Claim
There are specific conditions that must be met in order for you to be able to file a slip and fall lawsuit. Just the fact alone that you in some way fell and managed to hurt yourself does not mean that you should pursue a personal injury suit.
The first criteria that must be met pertains to the need for a “dangerous condition” to be present on the property on which the accident occurred.
Such a condition must have posed an unreasonable risk in its potential to create situations that might lead to harm and injury to someone coming onto the property.
Also, the property owner needs to have had knowledge about the risk and must have not taken precautions to prevent injuries or harm to guests entering the property.
Even if all of the above criteria are met, one may still not have sound footing to file a slip and fall lawsuit. That’s because the person who is injured also bears some of the responsibility for their injuries.
If the injured party did not attempt to avoid the risk, or if the risk was obvious,or if the hurt party did not acknowledge it, then the person injured does not have grounds for a slip and fall suit.
What a Reasonable Owner Should Have Done
At Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A., we will also have to consider what a reasonable property owner should have done in connection with the risk.
That’s because in order to win a slip and fall lawsuit, there must be a determination as to weather someone did or did not act in a manner that was negligent.
Questions that your lawyer will need to ask may include:
- Was there a preexisting condition that was known about for a substantial amount of time or that the property owner should have known about and could something have been done about it?
- What was the reason for the hazard and was it a valid one? As an example, if the floor was slick because it was just mopped that may negate your ability to sue.
- Was there a procedure and was it followed for inspecting the premises in regards to hazards?
- Was there a barricade or warning sign used to keep people out of the area or to alert them about the hazardous situation?
- In the case of the “dangerous condition”, what, if anything, might have been done to eliminate that which caused the injury or to make it less dangerous?
Thus, the action or lack of action by the property owner or the person who may be liable for your injuries is an important aspect of your slip and fall case.
A victim who disregarded warnings, who was careless, or who decided to purposefully take the risk may be held responsible for the injuries that result from their decision or carelessness.
Under what conditions may your slip and fall attorney prove negligence and liability on the part of the property owner or the person who is in charge of the property?
It is your lawyer’s job to carefully assess what were the determining factors that led to the mishap and to someone being negligent.
If the conditioned existed for sometime or if the owner knew about the condition and a good faith effort was not made to correct the problem, then the responsible person may be held liable for your accident.
However, in order for them to bear responsibility in this case and the subsequent injuries that it engendered, it must be proven that in not rectifying the problem that a reasonable person who have had foreseen the consequences.
As an example, if the lights on a staircase were not functioning, making the steps dangerous at night, and the property owner was aware of the situation and did nothing to correct it in a timely fashion, they could be held liable for your injuries.
Likewise, if a pipe bursts in a supermarket, causing a dangerous situation for those walking in the area, and the responsible party allows the situation to continue without attempting any type of remedy, such as redirecting foot traffic, fixing the pipe and cleaning up the hazard, and/or posting warning signs and using barricades in the dangerous area, then they may be found liable for one’s injuries.
Also, if a property owner does not adhere to certain safety laws, regulations, and/or rules, then they may certainly be found guilty in a personal liability lawsuit.
Such violations may include not installing railings on staircases, not properly lighting dark areas, and, generally speaking, not following building and safety codes.
For someone to bring a slip and fall case to court, two basic elements must be present, the responsible party must have been negligent in their duty and the victim must have suffered physical injuries.
FAQs and Resources:
- How To Prove Your Slip And Fall Case In Florida
- Slip And Fall Accidents On The Rise For Seniors
- Is A Grocery Store Responsible For A Slip And Fall Accident?
What Your Attorney Will Do
A West Palm Beach slip and fall accident lawyer will meet with you to determine if, first of all, you have a viable claim.
If it’s determined that you do have a foundation for a claim, they will thoroughly investigate the accident, reading any accident reports, reviewing your medical records in connection with the problem, and interviewing any witnesses.
A savvy slip and fall accident attorney will attempt to settle your case out of court, thus saving you time, money, and stress. Of course, he will ensure that any such settlement is fair to you, and before accepting a settlement, will get your approval for such.
If You Have Been Injured In an Accident
CALL FOR HELP 561-687-5660
Work with An Experienced West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are a victim, then slip and fall accident attorney at Scott J. Sternberg and Associates, P.A., in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, Florida, are ready to learn about your case.
If you have been the victim of a property owner’s negligence and feel that you may have a viable claim for a personal injury lawsuit, contact our law offices at 561-687-5660.
If you would rather do so, you may utilize the Contact Us tab, which is found on this page to the right. Simply fill out the provided, short form, and one of our legal professionals will contact you quickly.
Upon contacting you, a trained and experienced professional from our legal team will set up a free, no obligation consultation. It’s at that time, during the consultation, that we will evaluate your claim and advise you as to your next steps.
West Palm Beach slip and fall accident attorney At Scott J. Sternberg and Associates, P.A., we firmly believe in your right to pursue justice through the legal system and to be awarded just compensation. Contact us today to make sure that does happen.
West Palm Beach Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
West Palm Beach Office
560 Village Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL, 33409