Clearwater Slip & Fall Accidents Attorney
Generally speaking, a property or business owner or operator who opens up his or her property to others has a duty to make that property or business establishment safe for guests. When an owner or operator fails to take necessary steps to protect others from harm and injuries results, that owner or operator can be held liable for monetary damages. Our Clearwater Slip & Fall accident attorneys are dedicated to ensuring victims are fully compensated for their injuries.
Slip & Fall Injuries
A “slip” occurs when a person’s leading foot loses traction with the ground, causing the person to fall backwards. On the other hand, a “trip” occurs when a person’s trailing foot becomes caught or tangled, causing the person to tumble or fall forward. Both slips and trips can not only result in embarrassment – they can result in serious injuries. Slips or trips and falls typically are caused by a walkway or stairway that is:
- Wet or slippery because of rain, water, or some other substance;
- In a state of disrepair;
- Littered with objects and hazards;
- Improperly lighted so that hazards are difficult to see.
Unfortunately, slips and trips can occur just about anywhere – while walking to visit a neighbor, while shopping at the grocery store, even while walking near the beach. Most people might think that slips or trips only cause embarrassment; however, slips and trips can cause someone to suffer serious or even fatal injuries. The severity of injuries suffered can depend on the age and general health of the victim, the type of surface on which the fall occurred, and whether the victim hit any other object while falling.
The National Safety Council estimates that there were nearly 9 million emergency room visits in 2011 due to unintentional falls, including those caused by slips or trips. Older adults are more at risk for falling and suffering serious injuries. The National Safety Council estimates that one out of every three adults age 65 and older fall each year. In 2007, there were over 18,000 adults over the age of 65 who died because of a fall.
The duty to protect guests from harm extends beyond simply cleaning up spills and keeping walkways and stairways clear and in good repair. Any dangerous condition that the owner or operator of a property knows about or should reasonably know about can result in the owner or operator being held liable for any injuries that are caused by that condition. An owner of a building who does not install adequate lighting, leading to unsafe stairways or dark alleyways can be responsible for any falls that occur down those stairs or for criminal activity that occurs on his or her property.
Many visitors flock to Florida each year to enjoy the beaches and amusement parks, see historical sites, or just otherwise relax and unwind. Property owners and operators who invite these individuals or Florida residents onto their property to do business – but who do not ensure that property is safe for others – can be held liable for injuries that occur. The Clearwater Slip & Fall Accidents Attorney attorneys at Mike Walker Law understand the pain and expense that slip and fall injuries or injuries arising from a dangerous condition on a property can cause. We are dedicated to ensuring victims are fully compensated for their injuries.