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Slip and fall accidents happen. They happen to people of all ages, and they happen to people from all walks of life. They also happen due to a variety of different causes. If you slipped and fell, you might not be to blame for your own injuries. You may have a claim against the property owner, and you may be able to recover financial compensation with the help of a Pensacola slip and fall attorney.
In order to recover financial compensation for a slip and fall accident, you need to be able to prove that someone else’s negligence caused – or at least contributed to causing – your injuries. Typically, this will be the owner of either the property or the business where you slipped and fell. Similar to other types of accidents, this negligence can take many forms; and, in order to prove it, you will need to hire a personal injury attorney to conduct an investigation at the location where you were injured.
What constitutes negligence in a trip and fall accident case? Some of the most-common examples include:
One of the most common defenses to a slip and fall claim is what is referred to as the “open and obvious” doctrine. To successfully pursue your case, it is helpful to understand this doctrine and be able to overcome it.
The open and obvious doctrine holds that property owners do not need to warn guests and visitors of hazards that are open and obvious to a reasonable person. If the harm is evident to the senses, the doctrine will absolve the property owner of any liability for injuries suffered due to the hazard.
What constitutes an open and obvious hazard will depend on the facts of your case. For example, your Pensacola slip and fall attorney may use the following points to determine whether the open and obvious doctrine would be a valid defense against your claim:
An experienced Pensacola slip and fall attorney will be able to evaluate your case and determine whether you have a claim.
That said, the open and obvious doctrine does not relieve property owners of their responsibility to maintain their property in a safe condition for guests and visitors. As a result, a court may determine that the property owner breached their legal obligation to make the property safe, even though the hazard that caused your injury was open and obvious.
A skilled and experienced Pensacola slip and fall attorney will carefully review the facts of your case, such as the ones listed above. Just because the property owner believes that the hazard was open and obvious doesn’t mean that was actually the case. For example, the property owner may claim that a broken stairway was obvious to guests and visitors. However, it may not be obvious to someone who has never been to the property before, and perhaps the stairs were poorly lit. Furthermore, suppose the stairs were the only access into the building, and the owner had ample opportunity to discover the issue and make the necessary repairs. In that case, a court may find that the property owner breached their duty to maintain their property in a safe condition.
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries that leave you unable to work or take care of your family. If you’ve been injured, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
The insurance company will try to settle your claim quickly and for as little as possible. However, it can be quite challenging to know your total losses until you have fully recovered. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you should speak with a Pensacola slip and fall attorney to understand your options and what your claim may be worth.
Are you entitled to financial compensation for your slip and fall accident in Florida? To discuss your case with a Pensacola slip and fall attorney, please call 888-549-7011 or request a free initial consultation online. Your consultation is completely risk-free, and you pay nothing unless we win.