Vero Beach Slip & Fall Lawyer
Although it may not sound serious if you have never experienced one, a slip and fall can cause very serious, painful and debilitating injuries. Slip and fall injuries can cause muscle tears and sprains; facial lacerations; fractures of the hip or wrist; back injuries; head or brain injuries; neck or spinal cord injuries; and more. Property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for the people they invite onto their premises. When negligent property owners are responsible for a serious slip and fall injury, the law firm of Vocelle & Berg in Vero Beach applies years of experience in the specialized field of civil trial law to recover maximum compensation for the injury victim. Our Vero Beach slip & fall lawyers represent people in communities throughout Florida’s Treasure Coast, including Melbourne, Okeechobee, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie.
Facts about Florida premises liability law
A Florida property owner can be liable for a slip and fall or trip and fall injury when the owner created the hazard but did not take steps to fix it or warn the public about the danger. Even if the hazardous condition was created by someone else, the property owner can still be held liable if the owner either knew or should have known about the condition, yet failed to repair it, clean it up or post a warning within a reasonable time. Property owners, especially those who invite the public onto their property, have a duty to inspect their property regularly and correct any dangerous conditions they discover.
Slip and fall or premises liability cases can be challenging cases to bring. For instance, when the hazard was created by a “transient foreign substance,” such as a liquid spill, it can be difficult to prove how long the substance was on the floor before the accident occurred. This is a key fact in order to prove that the condition lasted for an unreasonably long period of time – long enough for the property owner to find out about it and clean it up. Likewise, if the condition was not transitory but actually existed for a long period of time, such as a broken curb or sidewalk, the property owner may argue that the plaintiff should have known about the danger and taken steps to avoid getting injured.
The types of hazards that can be encountered are limitless, but some of the most common causes of slips, trips and falls include the following:
- Food or drink spill in a restaurant
- Broken jars of food in supermarket
- Puddle of liquid in grocery store produce section
- Puddle formed near refrigerated case or air conditioning unit
- Boxes stacked on floor in walking paths or aisles
- Merchandise on the floor in retail stores
- Boxes and items falling from shelves
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Slippery entrances from water or sand tracked in
- Missing, torn or bunched up floor mats
- Recently mopped or waxed floor with no warning sign
All of these hazards can be promptly and effectively cured by a responsible property owner. In most cases there is no excuse for allowing a dangerous condition to exist that results in injury to an unsuspecting patron or guest.
Call the Civil Trial Specialists at Vocelle & Berg for Help after a Vero Beach Slip & Fall Injury
The attorneys at Vocelle & Berg include civil trial specialists certified by The Florida Bar who know how to investigate a slip and fall accident and build a strong case that proves the property owner’s liability. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Indian River, St. Lucie or Martin County, contact Vocelle & Berg in Vero Beach for a free consultation with an experienced Vero Beach slip & fall lawyer.