Slip and fall accidents occur all the time. But it’s important to note that it matters where you slipped and fell due to liability reasons. Why you were in that location may also matter if you weren’t supposed to be there.

Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of missed workdays and the cause of many fatal work-related accidents. Personal injury cases that involve someone slipping or falling are called “slip and fall” cases.

Does it Matter Where You Slipped and Fell?

Yes, because there are different levels of liability with a slip and fall accident. The rules may differ for public and private property and where the fault lies.

Business Property

A business that serves the public has the legal duty to ensure the safety of its patrons. For example, if someone falls and gets hurt at a retail or grocery store, the property owner may be held liable for that injury. Some causes of unsafe conditions include icy walkways, wet floors, improper lighting, and debris. 

Business owners are responsible not only for the safety of their customers inside their stores but also for parking lot and walkway safety. 

Obvious Hazards

Public spaces with obvious hazards, such as artwork, fountains, and other large structures where people walk, are exempt from personal injury rules because the law assumes that a reasonable person would take precautions not to get hurt near or around the hazards.

Private Property 

With private property, the law works similarly as the owner is bound by law to ensure the safety of their guests. However, the situation could get complicated if someone gets hurt while visiting private property. The owner has the duty to notify any guests of potentially dangerous conditions. In a case like this, the court will attempt to determine if the owner warned their guests or took precautions to avoid any injuries. 

Government Property

If you slip and fall on government property, you have strict deadlines to meet when filing a complaint. For example, in Florida, you have only three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the government. Damage may also be capped for these types of cases. 

Does it Matter Why You Were There?

Why you were on the property may also factor in. If you were trespassing or committing a crime on public or private property and were injured, the owner may not be held liable for your injuries. Legally speaking, the owner had no obligation to ensure your safety. If the injured person had no legal right to be on the property, then the owner is not liable for any negligence.

Get Legal Help

Contact Neufeld Law Firm for help with your slip and fall case. Sometimes these issues quickly become complex, and we can help you get the damages you deserve. 

Over 100 Years of Combined Personal Injury Experience in Florida

Start My Claim (305) 404-8217

Reviews

Quote Quote

You Only Pay Legal Fees if We Win a Settlement

Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA handles a variety of personal-injury cases. We understand that you are concerned about getting healthy, getting back to work, paying your bills and of course, being fully compensated for your loss. Contact us to start the path to wholeness from your injury today.

Get Consultation
  • NEVER Pay A Fee Unless We Win Your Case

  • Highly Experienced & Professional Representationur

  • Start Your Claim Off With A FREE Case Evaluation

  • Get Back To NORMAL... As Soon As Possible

Request a Free Consultation

All Consultations Are Free of Charge

Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Helping those Injured in Accidents Across Florida

While we are proud to call Miami and Aventura home, we are also more than happy to help injured people living anywhere in the Sunshine State. In fact, we’ve even been known to travel all around the country just to meet our clients’ needs.

We are here to help the residents of:

Recent Articles from the Blog

Car Accident Attorney: Safe Driving Tips for Florida Roads

6 Tips for Navigating Florida Roads Safely The state of Florida sees 200,000 auto accidents a year, caused by a wide variety of factors....

Read More..

How South Florida’s Traffic Cameras Can Prove Vital in Auto Accident Claims

Florida Red Light Cameras Cameras are everywhere these days. You may or may not be startled at the sheer number cameras that record your...

Read More..

5 Tips For Protecting Your Personal Injury Claim From An ERISA Lien

When you sustain injuries due to someone else’s negligence, it triggers a number of legal rights. You have a right to recover damages...

Read More..

Low Impact Florida Collisions

Have You Suffered an Injury from a Low Impact Car Accident in Florida? It is common knowledge that accidents that occur at high speeds can...

Read More..
Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyers

Empathy and Compassion in Personal Injury Law: Why It Matters for Your Case and Recovery

When you’ve been injured in an accident, the last thing you want is to deal with an unsympathetic or uncompassionate personal injury...

Read More..
Men slip and fall on wet floor

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Incidents in Florida

Florida Slip and Fall Accidents Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and at any time to anyone. It’s important to acknowledge that...

Read More..