If you have slipped (or tripped) and taken a fall on someone else’s property, you may be wondering about your legal rights and options. The following commonly-asked questions and answers are provided to help accident victims learn more about their rights under the law.
However, this information is not meant to replace the sound advice that accident victims should obtain from their Naples injury attorneys. To find out how the law will be applied to your specific set of facts, contact The Kelleher Firm.
I’ve Been Involved in a Slip and Fall Accident. What Do I Do?
A slip and fall incident can occur anywhere and at any given moment. So, what should you do if you are a victim of a slip and fall or trip and fall? First, you are encouraged to take photographs of the scene as soon as possible, as this will serve to help preserve the evidence. Any camera will suffice — even if it’s the camera on your cell phone. You should be sure to take pictures of the exact spot where you fell, including any holes, uneven flooring, slippery substances or loose carpeting.
Next, you should go see a doctor as soon as possible if you sustained injuries. Do not delay seeking medical attention because doing so might actually do you more harm than good, particularly if you’re seeking compensation for your injuries. Visiting a doctor right away will give you an excellent paper trail and provide historical data for insurers and others who may be questioning the seriousness of your injuries.
Additionally, if you are injured in a fall, it is important for you to notify the owner of the property as soon as possible. This does not mean providing the owner with an official “statement,” but you should let him or her know of the incident.
What Can Lead to Slip and Fall Incidents?
There are several things that can cause a person to slip and fall or trip and fall. A few of the more common factors include:
- Poor lighting or no lighting
- Slippery walking surfaces
- Holes in the floor
- Water or other liquid on a walk area
- Grease on surfaces
- Uneven surfaces
- Cords along a walk area
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of causes, but these are factors that a property owner can and should take care of as soon as possible to ensure the safety of those on their property.
What if I Slip and Fall at My Friend’s Home During a Party?
If you were invited to your friend’s home for a party, you are considered a “social guest” of that individual. Depending on the specific circumstances, social guests may be able to obtain compensation from the host. Homeowners are required to advise their guests or repair any dangerous conditions that aren’t easily recognized by others.
Who Can Be Held Legally Responsible for a Slip and Fall?
When a slip and fall occurs, there may be several individuals (or entities) held legally liable for the injuries sustained. For example, in cases involving a business that is renting space from a property owner, the business and the owner might be responsible for someone’s injuries.
To learn more about your options and rights under Florida law, contact Ryan Kuhl at The Kelleher Firm for help as soon as possible.