Slip and Falls

The term “slip and fall” is a widely misused term with the unfair connotation of minor injury and questioned liability. The attorneys at Prieto, Prieto & Goan could not disagree more strongly with this unfair and patently false categorization of slip and fall injuries.

Trip/slip and fall accidents are usually not accidents at all. In most cases, they are simply the inevitable result of hazardous conditions that have been ignored or overlooked by a property owner, a business or its agents. Proving those conditions existed and that the owner knew about or should have known about the problem but did nothing to address it is the difficult part.

Trip/slip and fall accidents many times involve serious injuries such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractures or internal injuries. However, even in cases of a minor injury our firm prides itself on its willingness to consider every case no matter how small. Our lawyers understand premises liability law and the statutes that impact the case. The causes can be many from improperly placed mats or rugs to hidden drop-offs or pot holes. Other common slip and fall injuries occur in grocery stores or businesses that fail to maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner, by leaving water spills on the floor or not cleaning up materials left on the ground for someone to slip or trip over.

Be it an injury stemming from a negligently maintained sidewalk, a foreign object or liquid on the floor of a business establishment, open or hidden hazards in construction areas, or any other type of injury wherein the unsuspecting victim falls prey to another’s negligence, an experienced lawyer from Prieto, Prieto & Goan will aggressively investigate and litigate your claim.
Our practice includes trip/slip and fall accidents involving:

  • Hotels
  • Malls
  • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs
  • Retail stores and other businesses
    open to the public
  • Private residences
  • Government buildings
  • Cruise ships
  • Algae on steps or sidewalks
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Lack of railings
  • Slippery floors
  • Merchandise falling from shelves
  • Slips on spilled or broken merchandise
  • Trips over uneven rugs or matting
  • Falls at water parks, swimming pools
    and theme parks
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Poorly maintained steps
  • Broken Sidewalks and steps

A slip and fall on a slick surface can cause painful injuries. A fall down poorly maintained steps could result in broken bones or a head injury. You could end up in the hospital in need of surgery. Who will pay the medical bills? How will you make your rent or mortgage payment .

According to Florida premises liability law, property owners have an obligation to maintain their property in a manner that makes it reasonably safe for the public. When they fail to do so and someone gets hurt, can be held liable for damages.

It is important that we get involved quickly to gather essential evidence. At Prieto, Prieto & Goan we will work swiftly to determine if the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition or if the owner's actions or inactions caused the condition.
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