Lake City & Jacksonville Premises Liability Lawyer
Corporate stores thrive on moving as much foot traffic through their aisles and parking lots as possible. When they fail to keep their property safe for customers and guests, the results can be catastrophic. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, the Lake City & Jacksonville premises liability lawyers at Douglas & Carter can help. We help personal injury victims in Lake City and Jacksonville recover compensation from negligent businesses which fail to take reasonable steps to protect the safety of their customers.
A Slip and Fall Accident Can Cause Catastrophic injury
A slip-and-fall accident may not sound like a serious accident, and fortunately a fall does not always end in serious injury. Tragically, however, many slip-and-fall accidents do cause catastrophic injury requiring emergency treatment and hospitalization, and many die every year from injuries sustained in a slip-and-fall accident or trip and fall accident. Although the elderly are especially vulnerable to serious injury in a fall, severe injuries can befall anyone who is taken by surprise in a sudden and unexpected fall.
Some of the most common injuries in a slip-and-fall accident include:
- Hip fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries and concussions
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle tears or strains
Florida Premises Liability Law Holds Property Owners Accountable to Customers and Guests
Florida premises liability law classifies persons depending upon their reason for being on the property. A person can be categorized as a public invitee, business invitee, invited licensee, uninvited licensee, or trespasser. The duty owed by a property owner can vary depending on the status of the individual, but generally speaking, property owners are required to warn the public or fix any hazards that they know of or should know about, and to do so in a reasonable amount of time. Having an attorney who understands the complexities and nuances of Florida premises liability law is essential to bringing a successful claim against a negligent property owner.
Premises liability cases are often complicated cases to pursue. Property owners will claim they did not or could not have known about the dangerous condition before the accident occurred, or that the condition was open and obvious, so they had no duty to repair or warn. They will also often claim that the injury victim was not paying enough attention to his or her surroundings, and the victim’s own negligence caused the fall. Fighting these claims and defenses requires the help of skilled and experienced litigators.
A particularly difficult type of premises liability case occurs when the accident was caused by a hazard that was only temporary, such as a food or drink spill, or an obstruction in the aisle. Our experienced premises liability lawyers act quickly to investigate and gather the facts behind a slip-and-fall accident, including obtaining witness statements and securing evidence and security camera footage. We’ll even call on industry experts as needed to review company records and determine whether reasonable routine floor inspections were being conducted or ignored prior to the accident. We leave no stone unturned in building a strong case that holds the property owner liable for the full extent of the damages caused in a serious slip-and-fall accident.
Compassionate Lake City & Jacksonville Slip & Fall Lawyers
If you have been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident or trip and fall in a Lake City or Jacksonville grocery store, restaurant, parking lot or shopping mall, call Douglas & Carter for a free consultation with a team of dedicated and successful premises liability lawyers.