When you enter onto someone else's property, you trust that they make a reasonable effort to keep the property safe. Unfortunately, some property owners do not do a good job at maintaining their property. As a result, dangerous conditions on the property can result in a slip-and-fall accident. Slip-and-falls and other personal injury accidents may occur as a result of uneven flooring, wet or icy surfaces, poor lighting and numerous other conditions.
When you experience this type of accident, you may suffer severe injuries such as brain damage, broken bones and spinal cord injury. These injuries require months, or even years, of physical therapy, surgeries and at-home care. Some slip-and-fall accident victims are unable to return to work after their accidents and therefore unable to earn money to pay their medical bills. Because of this, victims and their families may struggle financially for years to come.
Slip-and-fall victims in Florida may be able to recover compensation by filing a lawsuit against those responsible for the accident. In many cases, the person responsible is the owner of the property where the accident occurred. In order to have a successful suit, the injured party must prove that the owner owed them a duty to reasonably maintain the property and that the owner breached that duty by failing to repair the dangerous condition that caused the accident. They must also show that they were injured and that their injuries were caused by the property owner's negligence.
If the injured party can establish all the elements of their case, they may recover damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages and other costs. These damages will allow accident victims to focus more on their physical and mental recovery and less on how to make ends meet.
Source: FindLaw, "Slip and Fall Accidents Overview," accessed on Dec. 20, 2016