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Gainesville Slip and Fall Attorney

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Premise Liability claims involve accidents and injuries occurring on another person’s property. One of the most common types of premises liability matters involve slip & fall accidents. When we think of the term slip and fall, many associate this type of incident with a fall occurring at store, or other place of business. However, slip, trip and/or fall accidents can occur on a variety of premises, both public and private. Gainesville Slip and Fall attorneys, of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., are dedicated to providing superior, effective legal representation to those who have sustained injury as a result of another’s negligence.

In general, those who enter a business establishment, either because they were invited, or because it is open to the general public, are entitled to the reasonable expectation that they will not be injured while on such property. The owner of a business establishment has a duty to maintain their premises in a manner such that it is free from unsafe or dangerous conditions. Failure to properly maintain premises, or warn patrons of known dangers, can result in the business owner being held liable for injuries sustained as a result of their negligent action or inaction.

Just a few of the types of slip and fall cases are:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Trip and fall accidents
  • Step and fall accidents
  • Failure to supervise
  • Failure to secure property
  • Failure to notify of dangerous condition

According to the National Safety Council, falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional accidents, accounting for nearly 9 million visits to the emergency room each year. Many of these accidental falls are caused by a person slipping on a liquid, or other transitory foreign substance. Slip & fall accidents can cause severe, and often debilitating injury. What is most unfortunate is that the vast majority of these accidents could have been prevented through the business or property owner’s exercise of ordinary and reasonable care.

In some cases, a liquid may have been present on the floor for an extended period of time before it was noticed. In other cases, the owner may already be aware of an ongoing condition or problem, but failed to remedy the problem, despite having the knowledge and opportunity to do so. In both of the examples provided, the business owner may be held liable, because they are said to have had constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition, and should have taken action to remedy it.

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Slip & fall Accidents can also occur for reasons other than the presence of a liquid or substance on the ground. For example, torn, disheveled, or misplaced carpeting can cause a person to trip and fall. In an effort to prevent slip & falls, many business owners often use large pieces of carpeting. However, if they choose to do so, the business must also ensure the carpeting is securely fastened, in addition to maintained properly. If you were injured in a Trip & Fall Accident while a patron of a store or business establishment, you may be entitled to compensation.

There are also other types of unsafe floor or ground conditions which can result in an accident involving a slip, trip, or fall. For example, improper maintenance of materials used to construct a deck, sidewalk, or other walkway can cause an accident or injury. Also, failure to provide warning of changes to the surface of a walkway may also result in a property owner being held liable. Changes to a surface can involve substantial variations of flooring material, as well as variances in walkway elevation, such as an incline or decline. In general, the owner, or person otherwise in control of the premises, has a duty to remedy, and where remedy is not possible, provide warning of unsafe conditions which may not be discovered by an invitee despite the exercise of reasonable care.

The location of the accident will normally determine the source of compensation for your injuries. Most business in Florida have liability insurance coverage to provide compensation for injury. Likewise, residential property accidents typically involve coverage available under a homeowner’s insurance policy. Where the negligent party was not insured at the time of the accident, or where coverage has been denied, damages can be sought directly from the owner of the business, home, or property.