Fort Myers Slip & Fall Lawyer
Property owners and business owners have a duty of care to all invitees and licensees—people who are on the premises legally. They have a duty to clean, fix, modify, and otherwise maintain the walking conditions in these premises. Failure to do so is asking for an accident. If you or a loved one were injured in a fall, you may be owed compensation. The Fort Myers slip & fall lawyer at Cardinal Law, P.A. will investigate the cause of the fall, determine liability, establish your damages, and file a personal injury claim demanding fair compensation from the property owner.
Where did the Slip and Fall Occur?
Depending on the location of your slip and fall, potential liable parties may include business owners, homeowners, landlords, municipalities, school districts, nursing homes, hospitals, and more. A few examples of where slip and falls often occur include:
- Grocery stores
- Retail stores
- Fast food chains
- Private residences
- Apartment complexes
- Parking lots
- Hotels and motels
- Airbnbs and VRBO rental properties
It is very common for the property owner or business owner to deny liability, or extend a very low settlement offer in hopes that an injured slip and fall victim will take it, not knowing what they are truly owed. Slip and fall cases are often very complex, especially if there are few or no witnesses, and particularly when the hazard that you slipped or tripped on is quickly cleaned up or carried away.
Causes of Slip and Falls
To have a case against a property owner or business owner, a fall victim must have slipped or tripped because of a dangerous hazard; losing one’s balance or stumbling over one’s own feet does not constitute a slip and fall injury claim. Examples of slip and fall hazards that property owners can be held liable for include the following:
- Spills and puddles
- Wet entrance from rainwater
- Dirty, greasy, or cluttered walking surface
- Cracked, broken, torn, worn out, or damaged flooring
- Improperly lit walking area, such as a dark staircase
- Uneven walking surface
- Unmarked step up or step down
- Lack of handrail on stairs or ramp
- Lack of guardrail at drop off
- Un-roped off interior or exterior construction area
Contact a Fort Myers Slip, Trip & Fall Lawyer
In order to hold a property owner liable, you not only need to prove that you were injured in a fall on the premises, and that the fall was caused by a hazard, but you must also prove that the property owner or business owner had real or constructive knowledge of the hazard, that they had time to fix the hazard, and failed to do so. This is a lot for an injured victim without concrete knowledge of the law to take on themselves. As such, it is absolutely crucial to the success of your case to work with a qualified, experienced Fort Myers slip and fall lawyer. Call the slip and fall lawyers at Cardinal Law, P.A. today at 844-874-PAIN to schedule a free consultation.