Slip /Trip and Fall

Property Owner Liability for a Slip and Fall

Two common types of injury claims are slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall cases. In legal terms, these are premises liability legal actions.

Under the law in Florida a Property Owner or a person or businesses that controls property or premises may be held liable for a slip or trip-and-fall accident. Generally, it is the owner or person occupying the property’s responsibility to maintain all of the property’s common areas in a reasonably safe condition. If an unsafe condition exists and the owner or user knew or should have known about it, then the owner or user may be responsible for paying damages to the injured party. Determining whether the owner or user should have known about an unsafe condition is proved differently in each case. In making the determination, courts will look at such factors as the length of time the unsafe condition existed and the severity of the hazard.

When grocery stores, restaurants, apartments and other businesses fail to properly maintain their premises and protect visitors from slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents, they can be held responsible for the damage caused by their negligence.

We represent people throughout he Tampa Bay area who have suffered a personal injury resulting from a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident. We handle claims against individuals and businesses whose negligent property maintenance, failure to warn, failure to inspect or failure to repair has caused a personal injury.

Examples of businesses that may be subject to a slip-and-fall claim include:

  • Restaurants
  • Grocery Stores
  • Retirement complexes
  • Apartments or apartment complexes
  • Commercial Businesses
  • Office buildings
  • Stores and retail outlets

If you or a loved one believe you have been injured as a result of a slip/trip or fall, call the offices of John J. Diaz, Jr. to schedule a consultation to discuss the legal rights, options and alternatives that are available to you. Your initial consultation is free.