Live Oak, FL—Public and private property owners in Florida owe a duty of care to the people who come onto their property. This means they are expected to maintain their property so that it is free from defective or hazardous conditions that could cause harm to another. Additionally, property owners are required to warn those who enter their premises of any unsafe conditions that exist if they are unable to repair them.
Property owners who fail to do either of the two are often liable for compensating any parties who become injured on their property. Generally, when a person is looking to hold a property owner financially liable for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more, they will need to prove the property owner actually owed them a duty of care and that (1) a defective or unsafe condition existed, and (2) the unsafe condition is what led to them becoming injured.
So, what are some examples of hazardous or defective conditions that are known to cause slip and fall accidents?
- Slippery or wet floors.
- Poorly constructed stairs. This might include stairs that were built incorrectly or became damaged over time.
- Lifted or uneven flooring.
- Debris or merchandise left on the floor.
- Loose cable cords.
- Poor construction. Residential communities (i.e. apartment complexes), commercial properties, and other types of buildings must be constructed according to state and city coding regulations. This helps to ensure the inside and outside of the building is safe for individuals to enter the premises. If a property owner fails to assure their property meets coding regulations, the property owner may be held financially liable for any slip and fall accidents the poor construction causes.
After a Slip and Fall Accident, Contact a Live Oak, FL Personal Injury Lawyer
Regardless of whether an individual entered someone else’s property as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser, it is always a good idea to have a Live Oak, FL personal injury lawyer evaluate the incident and determine if the injured party has a valid claim. While some individuals might assume their own behavior contributed to the accident, this is something that should be left up to a Live Oak personal injury attorney to determine.
If an individual would like to discuss their recent slip and fall incident with a legal expert in Live Oak and learn more about the legal remedies that might be available to them, they can contact Koberlein Law Offices. The attorneys at Koberlein Law Offices will be more than happy to help a slip and fall accident understand if they have the grounds to sue a property owner and for what amount.
Koberlein Law Offices can be reached at any of their office locations listed down below:
855 SW Baya Drive
Lake City, FL 32025
118 Ohio Avenue N, Suite A
Live Oak, FL 32064
8443 SW 14 Lane
Gainesville, FL 32607