When shopping, walking on public property or simply being out and about results in injury because of a fall, a Florida victim may assume he or she is to blame. There are times when a slip-and-fall accident is not the result of someone’s clumsiness or reckless behavior. A person injured in this type of accident could be suffering due to negligent maintenance or other factors, and he or she could have a valid premises liability claim.
What causes these accidents?
There are various factors that could lead to a higher chance of a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident. In many situations, these accidents are preventable with proper maintenance, regular cleaning and monitoring. Some of the most common reasons these accidents happen in public places include:
- Liquid spills in grocery stores
- Broken food jars in grocery stores
- Condensation puddle near an air conditioning unit
- Broken stairs or handrails
- Merchandise falling from shelves in a store
- Bunched up or missing floor mats at entrances
- Broken or cracked sidewalks
- Recently waxed or mopped floors without a wet floor sign
- Slippery entrances from sand or water tracked in
These may not seem like minor accidents, but slips or trips can lead to falls that may result in head injuries, broken bones and more.
The rights of victims
Victims of these types of accidents may have grounds to pursue compensation through a premises liability claim. An assessment of the accident can reveal the specific legal options available. After falling in a public place and suffering an injury, it is prudent to discuss the situation with a Florida personal injury attorney as soon as possible.