Every day in Florida people are injured by slipping or tripping and falling on someone else’s property. The personal injury attorneys of Howell & Thornhill can help if you or a loved one is a victim of a dangerous condition on property that causes an injury.
Every landlord and property owner has the duty to keep all areas safe for customer use. Often, large stores leave water, food, or merchandise on the floor, without regard to the safety of their customers. Injuries from falls can occur when a property owner maintains a dangerous condition, fails to warn of the dangerous condition, and fails to maintain the property is a safe condition.
A property owner has a duty to prevent slips and falls – premises liability. Safety cones are inexpensive, easy to use, and provide instant recognition of a dangerous condition. The failure of the property owner to use visible warnings for dangerous conditions can lead to serious injuries.
A dirty and wet floor is one the leading causes of slips and falls. Since many hard floors are not slip resistant, doormats make traffic areas safer by trapping dirt and water before it enters homes and businesses. Property owners have the duty to prevent injuries by ensuring that floor mats are used and will hold up to Florida’s extreme weather conditions.
Severe injuries are caused by the negligent maintenance, operation, or design of land and property. Dangerous conditions create unreasonable risks of injury to customers and visitors. Landlords and property owners must use reasonable care to protect against injuries created by the defective condition.
If a dangerous condition causes an injury, then our firm suggests that you immediately write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses. We recommend that you immediately report your fall to the property owner.
Since property owners often repair dangerous conditions only after an injury occurs, it is crucial that you photograph the area of your fall and the lack of any warning signs. Photographs of water, leaking pipes, potholes, cracked sidewalks, broken stairs, and missing handrails will show the dangerous condition. Today’s cellular telephones with built-in cameras are great ways to immediately document the dangerous condition before it is corrected and the property owner destroys the evidence in the process.
Finally, our firm recommends that you contact Howell & Thornhill immediately to safeguard your rights. The insurance company will probably demand that you give them a recorded statement. We recommend that you don’t give a statement or sign any paperwork until you talk with an attorney.
Please remember that the insurance company’s adjuster has one job – to make money for the insurance company. The best way for an insurance company to make money is to pay as little as possible for your serious injuries. Please call us for an explanation of your rights before dealing with the insurance company.
The law firm of Howell & Thornhill has expert trial lawyers, a full time certified legal investigator, and a full time nurse to help you if you or your loved one is hurt or killed by a dangerous condition.
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