Florida Store and Restaurant Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of injuries in the United States, particularly among older adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 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, like 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
Falls are the leading cause of injuries requiring visits to hospital emergency rooms for people of all ages, but older adults are especially at risk from slip and fall injuries, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.
Adults age 65 and older make up approximately 17 percent of Florida’s population today, and Florida residents age 85 and older represented the fastest-growing group in the state from 2010 to 2011, according to the Census Bureau.
The CDC says that each year one out of every three adults age 65 or older sustains a fall. Most older adults who die from an injury were injured in a fall. Some 46 percent of older adults who die after a fall first suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the CDC. More than 90 percent of hip fractures in older adults are caused by falls, the CDC says. If an older adult suffers a broken bone, it was most likely caused by a fall.
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 Florida, including in the Treasure Coast towns of Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Vero Beach. We can help you, too. Call us immediately to get started on the path to legal relief.
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