Naples Slip And Fall Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents fall under premises liability cases and occur when a property owner fails to sufficiently remove or mitigate a harmful condition’s existence from the property. Under Florida law, property owners – both commercial and residential – owe a duty of care to invitees, licensees, and trespassers by maintaining the premises so that it does not present an unreasonable risk of harm.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, contact an experienced Naples slip and fall lawyers, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Florida’s Slip and Fall Laws
Slip and fall victims can bring a claim against an at-fault property owner for injuries sustained resulting from negligence. A dangerous condition, as interpreted by Florida courts, exists when an unreasonable risk of harm is present, and a person would not, or could not, have known of its existence. Claimants, however, must satisfy the following criteria as it pertains to the law of negligence:
- Prove the property owner or management company was aware of the unsafe condition (or should have been aware given the duration of the hazardous condition’s existence).
- Prove the property owner failed to adequately notify the public of the unsafe condition’s existence.
- Prove the property owner knowingly failed to mitigate or remove the unsafe condition from the property.
Florida law categorizes slip and falls as two types in legal proceedings: same-level and elevated. Same-level slip and falls are more common, but elevated falls have a greater capacity to inflict severe injury. The statute of limitations for pursuing a slip and fall claim in the state of Florida is four years. While slip and fall victims may not feel the adverse effects in the immediate aftermath of their accident, failure to seek medical attention may undermine the legitimacy of a slip and fall victim’s claim. Indeed, slip, and falls are leading causes of personal injury in the United States, resulting in head, neck, back, and shoulder pain, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and disability.
How a Shiner Law Group Attorney Can Help
Proving liability against an at-fault property owner requires the prompt gathering (and preserving) of evidence, and insurance companies – armed with a team of adjusters – are prepared to take advantage of unrepresented parties by employing tactics designed to damage a slip and fall claim, shift fault, or attribute sustained injuries to preexisting medical conditions.
At the Shiner Law Group, or award-winning slip and fall attorneys understand the underlying causes of slip and fall injuries and maintain a working knowledge of the defensive tactics employed by at-fault parties, such as groceries, department stores, and apartment complexes. While we make every effort to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court, we are equally prepared to take your case to trial to ensure you receive the strongest financial package you deserve.
With over 15 years’ experience successfully representing Naples slip and fall victims in suits arising from negligence, our results-driven law firm is equipped legal acumen to fight on behalf of your legal and financial interests. Our seasoned attorneys will gather all relevant evidence, work with a network of industry professionals, and consult police, medical, and accident reports to help you build the most compelling claim.
The Shiner Law Group provides a list of steps slip, and fall victims should take to safeguard their legal rights in the event of an accident:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Preserve footwear and clothing
- Record the location’s condition(s) and any injuries sustained
- Document the names and contact information of the property owner(s) and managers
- Refrain from giving recorded statements to insurance adjusters or admit fault
- Do not broadcast details of the accident on social media
- Assume you are being monitored by insurance companies