Florida Store and Restaurant Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of preventable injuries in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. Stores, restaurants, and other businesses in Florida have a duty to ensure that buildings they operate are free of hazards that might cause people who use them to slip and fall.
Owners of a store or restaurant that ignores a potentially hazardous condition like a wet floor, a cluttered aisle or dangerous sidewalk or parking lot may be held liable for injuries that happen in a slip and fall accident on their property.
The lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, understand how slip and fall accidents (also called trip-and-fall accidents and fall-down accidents) at restaurants and stores can cause long-lasting harm. We know how to investigate the causes of these accidents and secure compensation for victims and their families.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a Florida slip and fall accident at a restaurant or store, call us today toll free or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case.
Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida Stores and Restaurants
Florida businesses such as retail stores and restaurants have a duty to ensure that they operate establishments that are free of hazards that might cause people who use them to slip and fall down. This area of law is called “premises liability.”
There are many hazards than can cause a patron of a restaurant (including fast food restaurants) or a retail establishment (i.e., grocery store, department store, convenience store or gas station) to slip – or trip – and fall and suffer a serious injury. These hazards include:
- Wet floors
- Cluttered aisles or obstructed walkways
- Cluttered or obstructed stairways and corridors
- Broken or uneven pavement, including pot holes, on sidewalks or in parking lots
- Poor lighting
- Unsafe and/or loose stair treads
- Loose handrails
- Faulty elevators and escalators.
Each of these is a hazard that the store or restaurant has a legal obligation to either repair or warn patrons about through signs or barriers in a timely manner. If they fail to meet this obligation and a fall-down injury occurs because of the hazard, the property owner may be held liable.
Slip and Fall Injuries in Florida
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that falls are the leading cause of preventable nonfatal injuries in the US, causing 6.8 million injuries in 2020 alone. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls cause over 95 percent of hip fractures in older adults and nearly half of all traumatic brain injury (TBI) hospitalizations in all age groups.
Older adults are especially at risk from slip and fall injuries. Each year, one out of every four adults age 65 or older sustains a fall, and most older adults who die from an injury were injured in a fall, says the CDC.
In Florida, more than 1 million adults aged 65 and older suffered a fall in 2020. That’s about 24 percent of the older-adult population. Sadly, we can expect more fall victims as the state’s older-adult population continues to grow. Adults age 65 and older make up approximately 21 percent of Florida’s population today, according to the Census Bureau’s 2022 figures.
Contact Our Florida Store and Restaurant Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured, or if you have lost a loved one in a slip and fall accident in a Florida retail store or restaurant, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and losses. If you’ve been hurt, Philip DeBerard is on your side. Contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, today by calling us toll free or completing our online contact form. We can put our Florida store and restaurant slip-and-fall accident attorneys to work on your case right away.
From our office in Stuart, Florida, the premises liability / slip and fall accident lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, have recovered millions of dollars for deserving accident victims throughout South Florida and have offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach. We can help you, too. Call us immediately to get started on the path to legal relief.
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