Seeing someone slip and fall is upsetting. Victims are often embarrassed, in the very least, but could suffer graver consequences. It’s even possible that brain injuries could result if the fall causes the victim’s head to strike something hard.
Reportedly, about 35% of brain injuries in the United States are caused by fall accidents. Accidental falls, whether indoors or outdoors, are responsible for thousands of deaths each year. When the accident is attributable to the negligence of a property owner, legal recourse may be available through the Florida civil justice system.
Public property risks
Slip-and-fall accidents could happen in just about any public place, including like shopping malls, houses of worship, parking lots and sidewalks. Most outdoor falls occur in the winter when ice or accumulations of snow cause hazardous conditions. On the other hand, wet and slippery floors or highly polished or waxed floors cause many indoor falls.
When spills or water or another liquid go unnoticed in a store, slips can happen in the blink of an eye. Stairways in shopping centers with inadequate lighting or damaged handrails could be dangerous. Obstructions like unmarked elevations and potholes in parking lots are equally dangerous.
Risk on private properties
Private property owners have the same responsibilities as owners of commercial properties. Anyone who slips and falls while attending a party or another event at a residence might have grounds to seek financial accountability from the homeowner for the financial and emotional consequences.
Victims of traumatic brain injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents on dangerous properties might have to cope with long-term therapy. They may be unable to return to work, and providing for their families could be impossible. However, the successful navigation of a premises liability lawsuit in a Florida civil court could result in a monetary judgment to cover past, and future medical expenses, lost income and more.