Experienced Slip and Fall Attorney in Florida
The Spring Hill premises liability lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC represent victims of slip and fall accidents. Our attorneys have handled numerous premises liability cases, including slips and falls. With a combined legal practice experience of more than 50 years, our lawyers can help you seek compensation from the property owners or other parties responsible for your injuries. Contact our office to learn how we can help your case.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips and falls are a leading cause of unintentional injuries in the U.S. According to the data from the Centers for Disease Control, more than 8.9 million non-fatal injuries were attributed to falls in 2012. This made falls the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S. that year. Older adults and children are particularly susceptible to serious injuries if they suffer a slip and fall.
Certain types of dangerous property conditions can cause a slip and fall injury, including wet or uneven floors, slipping on debris or other material on floors, and loose steps or handrails. Slip and fall injuries may require extensive medical treatment, and a person may be unable to work due to his or her injuries. Concussions and other brain injuries, fractures , and even death can result from serious slip and fall accidents.
Slip and Fall Injury Liability
If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may hold the property owner or entity in control of the property liable for your injuries. Accountability for slip and fall accidents falls under the category of premises liability. Negligence is the legal basis for many premises liability cases, including slips and falls. Negligence requires that a plaintiff demonstrate that the defendant:
- Had a duty to conform to a certain standard of conduct;
- Failed to perform this duty; and
- Caused the plaintiff’s injury by his or her breach of the duty.
In Florida, property owners and possessors have a duty to maintain their premises in reasonably safe conditions for anyone lawfully on the premises. A defendant can be held liable for injuries suffered on his or her property if a plaintiff can show that the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care and the failure proximately caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
Many slip and fall cases occur in retail stores and other businesses. A plaintiff must establish the elements of negligence to hold a property owner liable, but if the plaintiff slipped and fell on a transitory foreign substance (such as food, for example) in a business establishment, Florida requires that he or she prove that the business had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to correct it.
A plaintiff can show constructive knowledge by producing evidence that demonstrates:
- The dangerous condition existed long enough that the defendant should have known about it through the exercise of ordinary care; or
- The condition occurred on a regular basis and was foreseeable.
This requirement goes to the element of breach of duty in negligence. If a plaintiff can prove constructive or actual knowledge in these cases, a defendant may be held liable for the plaintiff’s injuries.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries
By establishing the defendant’s liability, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, loss in earning capacity, and more. If your relative died from a slip and fall injury, you may seek damages through a wrongful death claim. You may be able to recover for your loved one’s medical expenses, reasonable burial and funeral costs, lost wages, and possibly other damages. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations, or time limit, on personal injury lawsuits, and a two-year time limit on wrongful death claims.
Slip and Fall Attorney
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our North Tampa slip and fall attorneys can provide the legal guidance and representation you need in your slip and fall case. Our lawyers are dedicated to providing our clients with experienced, client-focused representation. We have significant experience negotiating settlements and advocating for our clients at trial. We will work to get you the best possible outcome in your premises liability case. We serve clients in local counties including Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus. Call us at (866) 597-0009 or complete our online form to schedule an initial consultation at no cost.