Jacksonville Slip & Fall Lawyer
The last thing that you may expect when you enter a property is to become the victim of a slip and fall. In fact, the opposite is likely true – you have an expectation that the property you’re entering will be maintained in a reasonably safe condition. But slip and fall accidents happen all of the time, and are even a leading cause of injury and death.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, our Jacksonville slip & fall lawyers at the law offices of Douglas & Carter, Attorneys at Law can help. Reach us today to learn more about your legal rights and how to recoup damages.
Slip and Falls: Dangerous Conditions Lead to Accidents
Most slip and fall accidents–at least, the most serious incidents–occur because of a dangerous condition on a property that should have been remedied and of which the victim was unaware. Examples of dangerous conditions that lead to slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken stairs;
- Torn carpet;
- Holes and uneven walking surfaces;
- Spills of food or drink;
- Spilled substances;
- Lack of warning signs around dangerous walking areas;
- Improper safety materials (at construction sites);
- Objects in walkways;
- Falling objects;
- Poor construction;
- Lack of handrails; and
- Defective escalators and elevators.
Getting to the bottom of why a slip and fall accident occurred is a key piece in pursuing damages after a slip and fall.
Who’s Liable for a Slip and Fall?
Once the hazard that caused the slip and fall has been determined, the next step is answering the question of liability. In the event that the slip and fall occurred on another’s property, and the property owner knew of the dangerous condition or should have known of the dangerous condition but failed to remedy it within a reasonable amount of time, the property owner can be held liable.
The tricky part is proving both that the property owner knew or should have known about the condition, and proving that an unreasonable amount of time passed between when the property owner first learned of the condition and when the slip and fall accident occurred.
Damages Available in a Slip and Fall Claim
If you can prove the liability of the property owner, you may seek damages for the full extent of harm you have suffered. This includes compensation for the full value of your:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Future economic losses; and
- Pain and suffering.
Our Jacksonville Slip and Fall Lawyers Can Help
Something as seemingly insignificant as slipping and falling can actually be a traumatic accident that leads to disabling injuries, which could even be permanent. At the law offices of Douglas & Carter, Attorneys at Law, our Jacksonville slip and fall lawyers know that you may be confused and looking for support after a slip and fall. We can help. We have represented clients like you in the past, have the resources necessary to build your case, and always put our clients first. Reach us today by phone or online for a free consultation.