Slip and Fall
It seems like almost everybody is familiar with the phrase slip and fall. Most often, people use it to refer to a type of accident where someone either slips, or somehow loses their footing, falls down, and suffers an injury while on someone else’s property. Quite commonly, the slip occurs because there is some foreign substance on the floor (i.e. water or juice in a grocery store). But the phrase can also properly encompass a situation where a person trips and falls over a foreign object that shouldn’t be in their path. Either way, as unfortunate as these situations are, they do happen with some regularity. Having the right personal injury attorney by your side, like Jordan Redavid, can make all the difference.
What Is A Slip and Fall Case?
Slip and fall accidents are properly couched as premises liability case, which means that a property owner who had a duty to ensure his or her premises were safe for visitors breached that duty, causing injuries. The injured person may then bring a lawsuit against that property owner, which can be a homeowner, business owner, or management companies of a large commercial property (e.g. hotel, shopping center, etc.).
The goal is always for the injured party to receive just compensation for their injuries. To do that, though, it’ll take three things: first, you must show that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused the injury; second, that the property owner failed to repair or remedy the situation, or at least give a proper warning; and third, the dangerous condition was the cause of the injuries suffered. This process of proof can be dependent upon many details, which is why it is essential to hire one of the best slip and fall lawyers in Miami to ensure your case gets the value it deserves.
Perhaps the most common misconception about a slip and fall case is that if you are hurt on someone else’s property, you will automatically win your case and recover money from that property owner. That’s not always true. While businesses that are open to the public do have a duty to maintain to maintain a reasonably-safe premises, quite often they will argue that they either rid their property of the unsafe condition, couldn’t reasonably have been aware of it, or even if they were, that they put up sufficient notice to warn customers of the condition.