Did You Get Hurt on Someone Else’s Property?
A slip and fall can cause serious personal injury, especially to older persons who may be prone to fractures from a fall. A broken wrist, hip or ankle can be very painful and debilitating and take a long time to heal or create permanent disability. Other dangers of a trip and fall or slip and fall include head, neck and back injuries which can serious or permanent damage, from muscle tears and facial disfigurement to concussions and brain damage. At the Law Office of J.J. Talbott in Pensacola, we fight to hold property owners responsible when their negligence is the cause of a painful slip and fall injury.
Our premises liability attorneys represent accident victims harmed in all of the following situations:
- Wet floors
- Falling objects
- Objects obstructing the aisles
- Broken or missing handrails
- Unmarked steps
- Open elevator shafts
- Malfunctioning escalators
- Inadequate lighting
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Torn carpeting
Florida Premises Liability Law
In Florida, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn against any known dangers for the safety of persons invited on to the property, such as customers or guests, as well as people on the property for a business purpose, such as delivering mail or packages. Even trespassers may be able to recover compensation if they are injured by the willful or wanton conduct of the property owner.
Often a slip and fall or trip and fall is caused by what Florida law calls a “transitory foreign substance,” such as a food or drink spill in a grocery store or restaurant, or a box or product on the floor of a department store. Property owners are liable for these conditions when they either knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to clean it up in a reasonable period of time. Proving that the owner had actual or constructive notice of the condition is often one of the most difficult and complicated aspects of personal injury law. Industry experts are sometimes needed to help determine how long a condition existed before the accident and whether the owner was unreasonable in not correcting the condition in time.
Premises Liability in Alabama
Alabama has its own strict laws which must be followed before a property owner can be held liable for a slip and fall. First of all, the accident victim must be legally on the property at the time, i.e. not a trespasser. Also, as in Florida, the property owner must have had actual or constructive notice of the hazard yet failed to fix it or warn of the danger. Finally, under Alabama’s strict rule of pure contributory negligence, any fault on the part of the injured party could act to prevent any recovery at all.
Experienced Florida and Alabama Premises Liability Attorneys
At the Law Office of J.J. Talbott, our attorneys have the knowledge, skills and experience to know how to properly investigate, evaluate and pursue a slip and fall claim to achieve justice and appropriate compensation for the accident victim. If you have been injured in a trip, slip or fall on another’s dangerous property, contact the Law Office of J.J. Talbott for a free case review. We serve clients in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and across the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama.