It is almost inevitable that at some point in a Florida resident’s life they will suffer a slip-and-fall accident. Sometimes these preventable accidents are self-inflicted: a person may leave something on the floor or on their steps and then step on it, causing them to fall and injure themselves. However, many slip-and-fall accidents are the fault of others, and when they are caused by another party’s negligence the victim’s losses may be recoverable.
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen in many different locations, both indoors and outdoors. When visiting a store or shopping at a market, a victim may slip and slide on wet floors or in aisles that are blocked by goods or packages. Unsecured floor coverings, poor lighting, and a host of other deficiencies may lead to dangerous indoor conditions that result in falls and injuries.
Outdoors, there are many dangers that may present slip-and-fall conditions for victims. The weather can be a big factor in these types of accidents, such as when parking lots, sidewalks, and other outdoor locations where individuals may walk are slick with water, mud or debris following a storm. Property owners may be responsible for clearing these hazards for the benefit and safety of others.
After suffering a slip-and-fall accident a victim should see their doctor to have their condition assessed and their injuries treated. Once they have begun their recovery, they may wish to talk to a personal injury attorney. A consultation with a legal professional may give a victim the information that they need to make an informed decision about seeking the recovery of their accident-related damages through litigation or other legal avenues.