Florida Wet Floor Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Wet floors are an obvious fall hazard in Florida stores, restaurants and other commercial or public buildings. When spills, rain water or other liquids are not cleaned up in a timely manner, and a wet floor causes someone to slip and fall, the property owner or administrator may be held liable for injuries and other losses.
At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we understand how wet floor slip and fall accidents can upend the lives of fall victims. We understand what has happened when a wet-floor fall results in serious injury, and we know what will happen as the injured person works to recover and get on with their life.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident caused by a wet floor, call us today toll free to speak with a respected Florida slip and fall injury attorney, or fill out our online contact form.
Responsibility for Wet Floors in Florida
Businesses and local governments in Florida have a duty to ensure that buildings that they operate are free of hazards that might cause people who use them to slip and fall. This is part of what is known as “premises liability” law.
Wet and slippery floors are among the most common hazards that create slip and fall accidents. Typically, wet floors are caused by spills. For example, a dangerous spill can exist when an item containing liquid falls and breaks in a grocery store aisle or rain water is tracked into the lobby of a building. These types of wet floors are temporary hazards. They can easily be cleaned up and should be cleaned up in a timely manner.
Sometimes a floor is wet due to cleaning or perhaps because a spill has been mopped up. In this case, signs or barriers should be set out to warn of the hazard.
When a store invites customers or a municipality operates a business office, the law requires the store or government entity to either remove hazards – such as by drying a wet floor – within a reasonable time of learning that they exist. They should at least post clear warnings, such as “Wet Floor” signs, that let people know the hazard exists. When they fail to do so, and a fall-down injury occurs because of the hazard, the property owner, lessee or renter may be held liable.
Falls can be extremely dangerous, especially among the elderly citizens who comprise nearly 20 percent of Florida’s population. Each year, one out of every three adults age 65 or older suffers a fall, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the older adults who die from an injury were injured in a fall, the CDC says.
Contact our Florida Wet Floor Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Today
In a wet floor slip and fall accident, an injured party’s legal claim rests on what should be considered the “reasonable time” for the property manager to have cleaned up or dried the floor or put out signs warning about the wet floor. It takes a lawyer experienced in Florida courts to collect proper evidence and persuasively argue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit based on a Florida wet floor slip-and-fall accident.
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 wet floor, 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, by calling us toll free or using our online contact form. Our law firm is based in Stuart, and we serve accident victims throughout South Florida, including the Treasure Coast towns of Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Vero Beach. We can put our Florida wet floor slip-and-fall accident lawyers to work on your case right away.
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