Sidewalk / Parking Lot Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyers
Businesses and local governments have a duty to ensure that sidewalks and parking lots on their property are free of hazards that might cause people who use them to slip, trip and fall.
If a business’s or a local or state government’s negligence has allowed hazardous conditions on a sidewalk or in a parking lot, they can be held liable for injuries a person sustains.
At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we understand the damage done by sidewalk and parking lot slip and fall accidents, and we are committed to helping victims recover for their injuries.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a sidewalk or parking lot slip-and-fall accident, call us toll free today to speak with a respected Florida slip and fall accident attorney, or fill out our online contact form. We can get you started on the path to legal relief.
Responsibility for Sidewalk and Parking Lot Safety in Florida
Florida businesses and local and state government agencies are responsible for injuries suffered by visitors on property they own or administer, including sidewalks and parking lots. They have a responsibility to ensure that the property is reasonably free of hazards. This area of law is known as “premises liability.”
Causes of sidewalk and parking lot slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Pavement that settles, crack or forms potholes in the heat
- Uneven pavement
- Gaps or holes in the pavement surface
- Slippery materials including water, mud, gravel or loose sand. In Florida, mossy growth and other vegetation is a particular concern.
- Maintenance equipment or other objects that block the sidewalk or parking lot.
Slips and falls must be taken seriously. They are a leading cause of injuries requiring visits to hospital emergency rooms for people of all ages.
But older adults, who make up about 17 percent of Florida’s population, are especially at risk from slip-and-fall injuries. The majority of elderly adults who die from an injury sustained that injury in a fall, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, one out of every three adults who are 65 or older falls.
When a property owner has an obligation for visitors’ safety, such as a store that invites customers or a municipality that operates a business office, they should either remove hazards from a sidewalk or parking lot within a reasonable time after learning that the hazards exist or clearly warn through signage that the hazards are there. When they fail to do so and a fall-down injury occurs because of the hazard, the property owner, lessee or renter can be held liable.
Contact Our Florida Sidewalk and Parking Lot Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have lost a loved one in a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk or parking lot, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and other losses. To learn about your legal rights and options, contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, by calling us toll free or filling out our online contact form. Our Florida sidewalk and parking lot slip-and-fall accident lawyers can get to work on your case right away.
From our office in Stuart, the Florida premises liability / slip and fall accident lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for victims of accidents throughout the state of Florida, including the Treasure Coast towns of Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Vero Beach. We’re here to help. Contact us today.
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