Slip-and-fall accidents that occur in public can result in more than just embarrassment. Thousands of people suffer serious injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall, from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. If you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury, you may be able to file a claim against the property owners or other parties liable for your accident.
Most slip-and-falls stem from one or more dangerous conditions on the property. Some of these may include:
- Ice or snow on sidewalks or in entryway of store
- Potholes in parking lot
- Uneven tiling or carpeting
- Substance spilled on the floor
- Obstructions in a walkway
Proving Your Claim
In order to successfully recover damages after a slip-and-fall you will need to establish the following:
- Duty of care – The property owner or landlord must have owed you a duty of care. Generally, as long as you were not trespassing, property owners have a duty to provide guests like you with a reasonably safe environment.
- Negligence – When it comes to proving the negligence element, you will essentially have to show that the landowner had actual or constructive knowledge of the property hazard and that they failed to take reasonable steps to maintain the safety of the premises.
- Causation – The property owner’s negligence resulted in your accident.
- Damages – You suffered injuries and damages as a result of the accident.
If you have suffered injuries from a slip-and-fall and can successfully prove your claim, you can recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and mental and physical pain and suffering. An attorney in the Tallahassee area can review your case and help collect the evidence you need to win your case.