Pensacola Slip & Fall Injury Lawyer
Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable
Slip and fall cases—the most common type of premises liability case—involve injuries that occurred due to a fall that occurred because of a hazard on someone else's premises. Common causes of serious trips, slips, and falls include wet floors, grease-covered floors, a carelessly placed throw rug, a faulty staircase, and other dangerous conditions that should have been mitigated by the property owner to protect guests.
If you have sustained a personal injury on someone else’s property, then a qualified slip and fall injury attorney in Pensacola can determine if you have a claim. At The Watson Firm, PLLC, our legal team possesses the experience and determinization to help you obtain the compensation you need to cover your accident-related expenses and get back on your feet.
Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur in numerous ways. You are likely familiar with “Wet Floor” signs on display in businesses after an area has been mopped, for instance. Property owners display such signage to warn their customers and visitors of a hazard that should be avoided. When a property owner or manager fails to display such warnings or fails to repair or remove the hazard in a timely manner, they can be sued for negligence.
While wet floors are a common cause of slip and fall accidents, other causes include:
- Cables and other obstructions in walkways
- Lack of handrails on staircases
- Loose floorboards, rugs, or mats
- Poor lighting that makes it difficult to see
- Potholes in a property’s driveway or parking lot
- Splashed grease or oil that is not properly cleaned up
- Sudden transitions from one type of flooring to another, such as from carpet to wood
- Trash or debris on the floor and in walkways
- Uncleaned spills or leaks
- Uneven or broken staircases
Contact The Watson Firm, PLLC today to get started with a free initial consultation.
Florida Slip & Fall Law
According to Florida law, specific elements must be proven for a property owner to be held liable for injuries in a slip and fall accident. When a fall occurs because of a transitory substance on the floor, actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition must be proven for the premise owner to be held liable.
It is possible to prove constructive knowledge by showing:
- The dangerous condition has been present for a long time that the owner of the property should have known about it as part of their due care.
- The cause of the dangerous condition is a regular occurrence, making it foreseeable.
A statute of limitations refers to a time frame for filing a lawsuit. When a lawsuit is not filed within that time period, you will forfeit your right to pursue legal action, even when the other party is responsible. For this reason, we encourage you to consult with our Pensacola slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible to leave plenty of time to file your claim before the deadline.
Determining the Value of a Claim
The value of a slip and fall claim is determined by several factors. The nature and extent of the injuries can be determined by qualified doctors and medical testing, such as X-rays and MRI scans. It is essential that you seek treatment at the hospital, from your family doctor, chiropractor, orthopedic surgeon, or other specialists. In addition to medical expenses, you may be entitled to recover compensation for loss of wages, loss of a job, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other out-of-pocket expenses. We can help you calculate your losses and fight for your right to the full amount of fair and just compensation you deserve.
Find out what your claim may be worth in a free consultation. Call (850) 607-2929 for an appointment.