Slip-and-fall Accident Lawyers Will Advocate On Your Behalf
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact an experienced Orlando slip-and-fall accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt. Call us at (407) 386-1900, or complete the contact form here on our website. Page & Eichenblatt is an award-winning law firm with more than twenty-five years of experience defending the rights of the injured. We are widely recognized as one of the top Orlando-area law firms, and we are proud of our many positive reviews.An experienced accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt will provide honest legal advice and aggressive representation while working for the best possible resolution of your personal injury claim.
Victims of negligence are entitled by law to complete reimbursement for their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Page & Eichenblatt will accept nothing less. Injury victims pay no attorney’s fee unless we win compensation on your behalf.
If You’re Hurt in a Slip-and-fall Accident, What Are Your Rights?
In Florida, if you are injured on someone else’s property by tripping and falling or by slipping and falling, you are entitled by Florida law to complete compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, personal pain and suffering, and more.
The state of Florida requires property owners to maintain their properties so that those properties are reasonably safe and hazard-free.
If you’re hurt on private property in a slip-and-fall accident due to the negligence of the property owner, you must speak to an experienced Orlando accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt. For twenty-five years, we have been committed to fighting for the injured victims of negligence.
What Are the Leading Causes of Slip-and-fall Accidents?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every year in the U.S., nearly a million people are injured in slip-and-fall incidents. Almost any hazard on someone else’s property could cause a slip-and-fall, but the leading causes of these injuries are:
- Defective or dangerous porches, balconies, and staircases
- Inadequate lighting in parking lots, hallways, and staircases
- Broken pavement and potholes in parking lots or sidewalks
- Broken or cracked floor tiles and wet or slick floors
- Curled or worn mats, rugs, and carpets
- Falling merchandise, runaway shopping carts, and retail displays tipping over
- Accumulations of slush, rain, or (rarely in Florida) snow
If you suffer a slip-and-fall injury on private property because of defective railings, dilapidated stairs, or inadequate lighting, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim based on a violation of the building code.
When Are Property Owners Liable for Slip-and-fall Injuries?
Florida property owners can be held liable for slip-and-fall injuries if they create a hazard that causes an injury on their property or if they are aware of a hazard but do not repair or remedy the hazard. Slip-and-fall injury claims prevail or fail based on the answers to these two questions:
- Did the owner make a reasonable effort to maintain the property safely?
- Was the injury victim himself or herself negligent for failing to avoid the hazard?
For an injury victim to prevail with a premises liability claim in a slip-and-fall case, the property owner had to be:
- aware of a hazard but did nothing to repair or to remedy the hazard
- unaware but should have been aware of the hazard
The most complicated slip-and-fall cases are those involving a property owner who did not know about a hazard, but – according to the plaintiff (the injury victim) – should have known about it.
When Are Property Owners Liable for Slip-and-fall Injuries?
Property owners have somewhat different legal obligations – or levels of obligation – in different circumstances. Florida’s homeowners, for example, are required only to:
- Keep their properties and premises reasonably safe
- Inform visitors about any known hazards
- Avoid creating hazards or hazardous situations for visitors
Business owners have a somewhat higher level of obligation to their clients, customers, employees, contractors, and other visitors. How is the business owner’s obligation different?
Let’s say that the sidewalk leading to your home is cracked. If you invite a friend over, you may say something like “watch out for the cracks in the sidewalk.” But if the same type of cracked sidewalk leads to your business, it must be fixed immediately, because the public is at risk.
What Compensation Can Injured Victims of Negligence Receive?
Many slip-and-fall cases in Florida turn on whether a property owner acted with the diligence and care that a reasonable, average property owner would have acted within a similar circumstance. Victims of slip-and-fall injuries on private property in Florida may be reimbursed for:
- their injury-related medical costs including future surgeries and rehabilitation
- their lost wages and any long-term loss of earning capacity
- all of their injury-related suffering and pain
- a permanent or temporary disability
How Will the Legal Team at Page & Eichenblatt Fight for You?
Those who sustain catastrophic, permanent, and disabling injuries will require the maximum compensation that’s available. If you’ve been injured or temporarily or permanently disabled by slipping and falling, you will need a lawyer who knows what it takes to prevail with your claim.
An Orlando injury lawyer at Page & Eichenblatt will handle your slip-and-fall injury claim and will negotiate aggressively for every dollar of compensation that you are entitled to under Florida law. We have effectively negotiated similar claims for scores of central Florida injury victims.
Most slip-and-fall claims are resolved privately, outside of the courtroom, but if a satisfactory settlement figure is not forthcoming, the legal team at Page & Eichenblatt will take your case to court and ask a jury for the compensation – as well as for the justice – you need and deserve.
If You Were Injured in a Slip-and-fall Accident, Contact Us Today
Your first meeting with an Orlando slip-and-fall accident attorney at Page & Eichenblatt is free. Our accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so if we advocate on your behalf, you pay no attorney’s fee until we recover the compensation you seek, need, and deserve.
The legal team at Page & Eichenblatt has been advocating for central Florida’s injured victims of negligence for more than twenty-five years. Put your case in our hands and put the law to work for you.
Slip-and-fall accident victims can schedule a free consultation right now with an experienced injury attorney at Page & Eichenblatt. Call (407) 386-1900, or reach us through the contact form here on our website. We’re in Orlando at 214 South Lucerne Circle East. Let us fight for you.