Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Lawyers
One minute you’re shopping at your local grocery store in Fort Lauderdale, the next you’re on your back with a broken hip and a concussion. What happened? An unsafe property hazard that someone could have – and should have – prevented. If you recently sustained injuries in a slip, trip, or fall accident in Fort Lauderdale, know that someone may be responsible for paying your medical costs and other physical, personal, and financial losses. The premises liability team at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik can help you pursue damages in slip and fall accidents.
Fort Lauderdale Premises Liability Laws
Unintentional falls are the number one cause of injury-related death in Florida residents 65 and older. Every year, thousands of Floridians die in fall incidents, and tens of thousands more go to hospitals for non-fatal fall injuries. A slip and fall can result in damages from broken bones to brain and spinal cord injuries, depending on the setting. A fall from the top of a staircase, for example, could be deadly. Property owners and leasers owe duties of care to visitors to prevent these accidents from occurring. These responsibilities include:
- Repairing known hazards, such as faulty staircases, elevator/escalator issues, loose carpeting, an uneven curb, icy parking lot, or a wet/oily floor. Property owners must repair known issues in a timely manner, so as to avoid related injuries to unsuspecting visitors.
- Searching for unknown hazards. When visitors are “invitees,” such as customers at a store, property owners must also reasonably search for and repair unknown hazards. For example, a property owner should schedule regular maintenance on plumbing systems to prevent leaks and wet floors in bathrooms.
- Warn of existing property hazards. Some areas are inherently dangerous, such as pool decks. Property owners should post warning signs such as “Caution: Slippery When Wet,” or “Wet Floors” as necessary to notify guests of a known or foreseeable property hazard. Otherwise, property visitors would have no way of reasonably seeing or predicting the hazard.
To find a property owner guilty of negligence in a slip and fall case, the courts must rule a “reasonable and prudent” person would have done something different in the same circumstances. For example, say the plaintiff suffered injuries because of a freshly waxed floor at a shopping mall. In this case, the plaintiff would need to prove the property owner’s negligence, such as failing to post a warning sign. The courts must rule that the property owner should have done something to prevent the harm.
Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys
At the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik, we’ve handled hundreds of premises liability claims throughout Florida. We’ve won million-dollar settlements for our past clients with rigorous legal representation in and out of the courtroom. Our team of Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers wants to help you fight for justice against a negligent property owner or other party that caused your slip and fall. You could recover for your medical bills, pain and suffering, missed time at work, and other fall-related damages with help from a legal settlement or win. Call our office today for a free, no obligation consultation.