Florida Cluttered Aisle Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Cluttered aisles in stores, restaurants and other commercial or public buildings are hazards that can cause patrons to slip (or trip) and fall. When merchandise, debris or other items that block an aisle are not removed in a timely manner, and the cluttered aisle causes someone to fall, the property owner or administrator may be liable for the injuries and other losses of the person who has fallen.
At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we understand how cluttered aisle slip and fall accidents happen, and how they can change victims’ lives. We know how to investigate these accidents, determine responsibility and seek compensation for fall victims and their families. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a Florida slip and fall accident caused by a cluttered aisle, call us today toll free to speak with our legal team, or fill out our online contact form. We’re here to help you.
Responsibility for Cluttered Aisles in Florida
Retail stores entice shoppers with creative displays and bright colors as well as the attractive packaging of the items they offer for sale. This draws shoppers’ attention to the shelves of a store and away from what is presumed to be a clear walkway ahead. When merchandise is stacked so that it clutters the aisle, or items fall from shelves and are not picked up, this is a hazard. Stores that re-stock shelves during the day also create hazards when employees leave aisles cluttered with merchandise and equipment that shoppers do not expect to encounter.
Retailers can be held liable for trip and fall injuries if they allow their employees to leave aisles cluttered with merchandise, pallets, handcarts or other work items.
Florida law says that any property owner with an obligation for visitors’ safety, such as a store, restaurant or government entity, must eliminate hazards – such as removing clutter –within a reasonable time of learning that they exist. They must at least post a clear warning (with signs or taped-off areas) to let visitors know that the hazard exists. When property owners fail in this duty, and a trip-and-fall injury occurs because of the hazard, the property owner may be held liable.
Falls caused by cluttered aisles can be particularly dangerous for elderly adults, or those ages 65 and older, that comprise an estimated 17 percent of Florida’s population. More than 90 percent of hip fractures suffered by older adults happen in falls, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If an older adult suffers a fracture, it most likely happened in a fall.
Falls caused by cluttered aisles can also result in:
- Head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Shoulder and arm injuries
- Sprains, strains, dislocations, tears
Contact Our Florida Cluttered Aisle 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 caused by a cluttered aisle in a Florida establishment, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and losses. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, today toll free, or complete our convenient online contact form. We feature an office in Stuart, and we serve clients across South Florida, in Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Vero Beach and surrounding communities along the Treasure Coast. We can put our Florida cluttered aisle slip-and-fall accident lawyers on your case right away.
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