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Slip & Fall/Trip & Fall Injuries

Unfortunate accidents can happen all the time due to negligent property owners. Slip and fall accidents can be caused by a variety of factors including broken stairwells, leaky roofs, cracked tiles and much more. Florida property owners are required by law to properly secure premises and surrounding areas so that the property is reasonably safe for all visitors or passersby. Property owners also have a duty to provide reasonable property maintenance that includes examining, preserving and restoring all dangerous areas routinely. In addition, property owners must warn guests or visitors of any potential hazards that could cause an individual to slip and fall. Should a property owner fail to reasonably upkeep the premise or warn others of hidden dangers, they could be held liable for a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.

What Constitutes a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Injury?

When a person slips, trips or falls down due to the carelessness of another person or business, a slip and fall or trip and fall accident has occurred. While anyone can have a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, in order for a slip and fall case to be valid, another party’s negligence must have caused the accident. Under Florida Premises Liability law, anyone who owns or is legally responsible for a business or residence can be held legally accountable for foreseeable injuries that occur on their property. To prove negligence it must be shown that the property owner knew or should have known about the problem or hazard and did nothing to rectify it. The Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help accident victims in The Villages and any surrounding areas recover monetary damages by filing a slip and fall or trip and fall accident claim.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accidents:

  • Potholes
  • Oil, Grease, Liquids or Foods Left on the Floor
  • Uneven Floors, Stairs, Sidewalks, Cobblestones or Pavement
  • Unsafe Stair Rails
  • Falling Debris
  • Blocked Store Aisles
  • Poor Lighting
  • Inadequate Roof Structures or Balconies

Despite the details associated with your slip and fall or trip and fall accident, it is always best to speak with a Florida Slip and Fall Accident Attorney before making arrangements with an insurance company. It is important to understand that an insurance company’s only goal is to talk you into accepting a minimal settlement when you actually could be entitled to much more. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, contact Whittel & Melton today online or in The Villages at 352-369-5334. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience, so contact us anytime, day or night. We seek a fair settlement in every case and are always prepared to fight for you in court. Remember, our representation costs you nothing until you are compensated for your injuries.