Altamonte Springs Slip & Fall Lawyer
Slip & fall injuries are no laughing matter. Particularly if a victim is elderly or disabled or where the hazard was severe, slips, trips, and falls can lead to broken bones, dislocated joints, sprains, head trauma, temporary or permanent disability, and even death. Moreover, slip and fall injuries are far more common than people may realize: According to reports from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slips and falls lead to more than one million emergency room visits each year across the country. Slips and falls represent the most common cause of lost days from work; they are also the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older. Slip and fall injuries are common and dangerous. If you or a loved one were hurt in a slip and fall on someone else’s property, it is vital that you contact a seasoned premises liability attorney as soon as possible to start building your case and fighting for the recovery you are owed.
Altamonte Springs slip & fall lawyer Sarah Goldman Geise has years of experience litigating personal injury matters in Central Florida and beyond. She has been on both sides of cases, having represented both insurance companies and injured plaintiffs, and she knows the facts, arguments, and strategies that make the difference in all types of personal injury matters. If you want to maximize your recovery from the insurance company and the other parties responsible for your injuries after a slip and fall accident in Altamonte Springs or throughout Central Florida, Goldman Law, P.A., is here to help.
Was a Property Owner Reasonable?
In order to bring a slip and fall or “premises liability” claim, you must demonstrate that someone else owes you a duty of care and that your injury was caused because they violated that duty of care. Whenever you are an invited guest on someone else’s property, whether that property is a home or apartment, a grocery store, a museum, or a parking lot, the party who owns or operates that property is responsible for keeping the premises safe. If that party’s negligence made the property unsafe for your visit and you were harmed as a result, you might have a claim against that party for your injury.
Whether a party was negligent turns on whether they acted reasonably, which in turn depends on the type of property. For example, homeowners are responsible for warning visitors of any known hazards, such as unlit staircases or loose floorboards. They are not responsible for regularly checking for new hazards, such as if someone just spilled a liquid. Once they know of the hazard, however, they are responsible for cleaning it up or warning guests. Additionally, even homeowners should know that visiting children require additional precautions and may not be able to read warning signs or otherwise appreciate certain dangers.
Owners and managers of public places, such as department stores, office buildings, or other businesses, have a higher level of responsibility: They should have maintenance and custodial crew on the lookout for potential hazards and should either fix the hazard or place an appropriate warning sign whenever one is discovered. If a spill happened ten seconds earlier, they might not have had a reasonable time to find and remedy the situation, but if the spill happened 20 minutes earlier, then failing to clean it up might be negligence. They should certainly flag or fix any problem with the infrastructure of their building such as a missing railing, a broken staircase, an uneven floor, an unexpected step, or an inadequately lit area likely to have hidden dangers.
An experienced and effective Florida slip & fall attorney will help you investigate the circumstances of your fall to determine who was responsible and whether they were negligent. The dedicated premises liability attorney at Goldman Law, P.A. knows the law and the various levels of responsibility for safety expected of different types of property owners and understands how to build the strongest case to maximize your chances of a full recovery. If you were hurt on someone else’s property, contact a seasoned slip & fall attorney immediately to help you build your case and collect the damages you are owed.
Help After Your Altamonte Springs Slip & Fall Accident
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a Florida premises liability accident, you deserve compensation from the negligent parties that caused your harm. The Altamonte Springs personal injury team at Goldman Law, P.A. is ready to fight to ensure that you get justice for your harm. Call the Altamonte Springs slip & fall lawyer at Goldman Law, P.A. for a free consultation. We take pride in providing individualized, passionate representation for our clients, and we do not consider our job done until you have recovered the damages you are owed after your accident.