A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can cause severe injuries, disability and even death. Premises liability law makes landlords responsible, but only when their conduct is unreasonable and the fall is due to a hidden hazard that a reasonably alert victim could not have avoided. Proving that the landlord was negligent and that the victim is blameless often requires complex proof. For these reasons, you should only trust your case to an experienced and determined personal injury attorney. When you retain the Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A., you get the benefits of my knowledge and skill acquired over more than 15 years of practice. While you tend to your injuries, you can be confident that I am working diligently on your case, pursuing the best possible outcome.
Landlords and business owners have to be vigilant about discovering hazards on their property and either repairing the dangerous condition or giving visitors adequate warning. Common hazards that lead to slip and fall injuries include:
Wet floors are such a hazard that Florida law has a specific statute, FS 768.0755, governing “transitory foreign substances in a business establishment.” To recover compensation, a plaintiff must prove that the business owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the slippery substance and should have remedied the situation. A plaintiff can prove constructive knowledge by showing circumstantial evidence that:
A sudden fall onto a hard surface can be devastating, especially for an older adult. Common injuries include bone fractures, concussion and traumatic brain injury, torn ligaments and cartilage, compressed vertebrae, and displaced discs.
After a slip and fall accident, landlords usually take immediate steps to remediate the hazardous condition. Although this is beneficial to the next person who comes along, for you, it amounts to destruction of evidence that you need to win your case. With that in mind, you should act immediately to preserve the evidence. Important steps include:
It’s also vitally important to contact a slip and fall attorney right away. When you call us, we can begin to preserve any evidence you missed to build a solid case for your recovery.
The Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. provides trustworthy representation for slip and fall accident cases throughout the Hollywood area. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, call me at 954-780-8505 or contact my office online. I am conveniently located at 6100 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 211, between Florida’s Turnpike and South State Road 7.