Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Injury? You May Have a Premises Liability Case

If you have been injured due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, it is often called a “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accident, even if you did not slip and fall. If the property owner’s negligence caused your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and any other costs associated with the accident. However, there is an expectation that visitors will exercise ordinary care and caution while on the premises; the onus is on the property owner to ensure that the property is well-maintained and free of needless hazards.

This type of case is a specific area of personal injury law called premises liability, and it requires the plaintiff to be able to prove concretely that the property owner is at fault. While slip and fall cases can be difficult to prove, you absolutely should take legal action if a property owner’s negligence caused you to suffer a serious injury, such as:

  • A traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • A permanent disability

Your best chance at success in this type of case is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who has previously handled this kind of case. If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident anywhere in or around Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or the South Florida area, contact The Winston Law Firm.

Common Sites of Premises Liability Accidents

As personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Andrew Winston, we know that slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can occur in several different places. We have listed some of the most common sites of these accidents below.

Hotels. No one should deal with a slip-and-fall accident on their vacation or business trip. Still, unfortunately, everything from torn carpeting to loose stair rails can cause a premises liability accident at a hotel.  If you are injured in a hotel while visiting Florida, contact The Winston Law Firm immediately.

Casinos. Florida’s glittering casinos are top attractions in our state. Still, all the effort that goes into maintaining these casinos also means that there are many moving parts to these buildings and many different ways people can be injured in or around them. A server might spill a drink and fail to clean it up before someone slips on it, a change in floor levels might not be visible, or a cable could be left out in an area with a lot of foot traffic. Whatever your case, you deserve compensation for a casino’s negligence.

Rented Homes. Landlords must maintain their properties and take all reasonable steps to prevent their tenants from being injured in an accident. If a landlord knows, or could reasonably be expected to know, that there is a hazard on their property but fails to repair it in a reasonable amount of time, they may be liable.

Of course, a premises liability case may arise in many other public and private establishments, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Amusement parks
  • Shopping centers
  • Public sidewalks
  • Parking lots or garages
  • Workplaces

No matter where you were injured, you deserve compensation if your injuries were caused by a property owner’s failure to maintain their premises. Andrew Winston can help you seek the remunerations and justice you need.

Why You Need a Skilled Florida Premises Liability Attorney

It is easy to see how a property owner could fall victim to unscrupulous parties who might intentionally stage or incur an injury to file a fraudulent claim, so the injured party in a genuine slip and fall case must demonstrate that they were, indeed, injured and that the incident was due to an unsafe condition that the property owner could have and should have prevented.

A plaintiff must also prove that the property owner was aware of the condition (or that the condition existed long enough that they should have known about it) and knowingly failed to provide sufficient warning or to make appropriate, timely repairs.

Because slip and fall cases can be difficult to prove, having a lawyer who has proven success with premises liability cases is a must for anyone with a legitimate claim. The attorneys at The Winston Law Firm have years of experience in successfully handling the complexities of slip and fall cases and excel at negotiating with the property owner and their insurance provider on your behalf—not for the benefit of the insurance provider.

We are also skilled trial lawyers, and while we will try to negotiate a fair settlement when possible, we are also prepared to go to court if we truly believe that is in your best interest. With a history of obtaining multi-million dollar claims for our clients, Andrew Winston is a formidable presence in premises liability cases.

Contact a Florida Premises Liability Attorney As Soon As Possible

Florida has a four-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which means that you must file a claim within four years of the date of your accident. While this might seem like a long time, it is in your best interest to contact a premises liability attorney as soon as possible so that they can start building your case. You do not want to wait longer than necessary to recover the compensation that you need, especially if you have unpaid medical bills or are losing income because your injuries have prevented you from going to work.

Our legal team at The Winston Law Firm is ready to help you get your life back on track. Contact us today, and we will schedule a free initial consultation to review your case. If we believe you should file a claim, we will work assiduously to recover the damages you deserve.