It is a common reaction to feel that you were just being clumsy when you slipped and fell, but many times your accident was caused by the owner of the property’s negligence on maintaining the premises. Don’t assume that it was your fault – be sure to consider all the circumstances surrounding your fall.
Property owners are required by law to properly maintain their premise, which means taking action to avoid exposing other people to unreasonable risk of harm or danger. When a property owner fails to take reasonable steps to protect others, it can mean the owner is liable for your injuries.
You might be surprised to learn that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that slips, trips and falls are second only to auto accidents as a cause of fatalities. A fall can injure any part of your body, but some of the most common include:
- Any part of your leg including your hips, knees, and ankles can be broken, or your leg muscles can be sprained or strained in a fall.
- Arm injuries are common in a fall because the victim attempts to catch themselves. This can result in injuries to the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers.
- A serious injury can occur if you slam your head on the floor when you fall, including a head trauma, brain injury, neck fracture or spinal cord injury.
- If your fall is from a significant height, injuries to your internal organs can occur.
It can be difficult to determine who is liable for your injuries in a premises liability lawsuit. One of our knowledgeable premises liability attorneys can help you investigate and discover all potentially responsible parties. Below are examples of parties that may be liable when a slip and fall accident occurs:
- The owner of the property
- Management company
- Building manager
- Third-party contractor responsible for property maintenance
- Condominium association
- Third parties that contributed to or created the accident
When you are involved in an accident on another party’s property, it is important to seek legal advice and guidance from skilled premises liability lawyers. Attorney Bryan Caulfield is different. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Less than two percent of all civil trial lawyers in Florida have achieved the status of being Board Certified by the Florida Bar. This added credential shows that he is dedicated to providing clients with the highest level of legal service. He is a personal injury attorney in the Tampa Bay area who has the experience and skill to help clients move on with their lives. Contact our office today to schedule a free appointment.