Slippery Surface Falls
Slippery surfaces can occur just about anywhere. Water can gather on store walkways or bottles of oil can fall in a supermarket, causing a slick danger zone. In some cases, slippery surfaces can lead to serious injuries and accidents. Someone who slides and falls on a slippery surface can suffer from a hip fracture, broken bones, or even a life-threatening head injury. It is crucial not to treat slip and fall accidents lightly. If you have fallen on a slippery surface in Hollywood or your community, seek medical help to determine whether you have suffered an injury.
In addition to seeking medical help, you will also want to get legal advice about your injury. If your injury was caused by negligence, you may have a personal injury or civil claim that lets you seek compensation for the expenses you may have after your injury. To find out details about your options, contact the law firm of Flaxman Law Group for a free case review. The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have more than sixty years of combined experience and have offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Miami to serve the South Florida community.Negligence and Slippery Surface Falls
While slippery surfaces seem to be purely accidental, in many situations there is an element of negligence involved if someone slips and falls on this type of surface. No one can stop the rain (especially in Hollywood and other parts of Florida, where rain can be quite common), for instance, but store owners are expected to take care of their entrances and floors to ensure that their flooring does not pose a risk to customers in inclement weather. By the same token, someone may accidentally spill soup in a restaurant but the wait staff and manager are expected to clean up the spill before diners have a chance to slip and fall.
Business owners, especially, have a duty of care to those who patronize their businesses. When business owners and other property owners fail to act to remove dangers and visitors are injured as a result, injured parties may have a premises liability claim.
There may be many ways that property owners are negligent in slip and fall accidents. They may:
- Fail to clean up spills in a supermarket, restaurant, or on another premises
- Not provide adequate signage when floors have been cleaned and are slippery
- Choose flooring surfaces that are slippery and unsafe
- Not place no-slip stickers on slippery floor surfaces
- Fail to maintain flooring correctly
- Not provide adequate lighting
- Fail to notice higher-risk situations such as rainy weather or may fail to react appropriately to these dangers
- Not warn patrons of slippery floors or other slip and fall hazards
To determine whether you have a claim, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney soon after your injury. An experienced attorney can help you determine your options and can tell you how much a potential case may be worth. He or she can also launch an investigation into your injury in order to build a strong case. Contacting an attorney soon after your injury may increase the chances that evidence is still available.
Flaxman Law Group is a law firm in South Florida. We are part of the Hollywood community and also have offices in Miami and Homestead to better serve our clients. As a full-service law firm, we have a network of investigators, consultants, paralegals, and other professionals to help provide the services and strong representation that our clients demand. To find out what Flaxman Law Group may do in your case, contact our law firm at any time for a free consultation.