Port St. Lucie Slip and Fall Attorneys
Americans view slip and fall accidents as incidents which cause embarrassment, but no real damage or harm. These accidents might result in minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes, bruising or perhaps a broken bone or two. However, they sometimes cause injuries that only can be repaired by major surgery. Life-threatening injuries such as spinal damage, severe burns, traumatic brain injury or even death could occur from a fall.
In Florida, more than 18,000 victims visited emergency rooms in 2008 for treatment after a dog bite. Of those, 761 were admitted to the hospital for more extensive treatment. Besides treatment for the injury caused by the bite, victims also must be concerned about the risks of infection and disease.
Slip and fall accidents happen in a variety of locations, both inside and outside. These accidents could occur at a private home, a business or on property owned by the government. The causes of such an accident can vary as well. A person could be injured walking on an uneven sidewalk, falling into a pothole on a city street, slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket, tumbling down a flight of stairs due to a rickety handrail or suffering burns from a bowl of hot soup placed on a shaky table in a restaurant.
Property owners could prevent most slip and fall accidents with improved maintenance and by following simple safety procedures. Florida law requires that property and business owners use reasonable care to maintain their property and warn others of hidden dangers. However, a person who sustains injuries from a slip and fall must prove:
- the owner knew about the dangerous condition but refused to repair it or warn others about it.
- the owner did not exercise reasonable care by properly maintaining, inspecting and repairing their property. The owner also refused to warn others about hidden dangers.
- these failures on the part of the owner legally caused the slip and fall injury.
Florida's laws regarding slip and fall accidents can be complicated and require the expertise of experienced counsel. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Ohle & Ohle, P.A. help protect the legal rights of slip and fall victims throughout the Treasure Coast, including Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Okeechobee, Vero Beach and Stuart. We leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence and talking to witnesses specific to your case before the trail goes cold.
Time is of the essence to conduct preliminary investigation, especially with slip and fall cases. Call us today for a free consultation.