Have You Suffered an Injury After a Fall? You Need to Read This
A lot of easy-going, don't-rock-the-boat Americans make the mistake of thinking that accidents happen, and when they do, there's really nothing you can do about them. And, while every reasonable person does know that there's no way to predict every accident that might befall someone, the big mistake is thinking it's something you simply have to accept and live with.
The truth is that some accidents, when they happen, were entirely preventable. If you've fallen down and suffered an injury at someone's home, a place of business, or even a public space like a shopping mall, you don't have to accept this. You have rights, including the right to safety, and you can do something should those rights be violated.
A Safe Space is Legally Required
Every space that is owned and operated by another person, in the state of Florida, is answerable to a breach of law known as premises liability. This law means that a homeowner, business owner, or manager of a commercial, retail, or industrial space must observe specific minimum requirements to ensure the safety of people in that structure.
A homeowner, as one example, needs to make sure that safety measures, when required, are exercised at home. If a homeowner knows that crooked steps in the house can cause people to slip and fall down the stairs but decides not to repair those stairs, that is irresponsible and an accident waiting to happen. If you should be descending the stairs, trip, fall, and hurt yourself as a direct result of poor footing from those stairs, the homeowner is responsible.
And in commercial spaces, the same thing holds true. If you visit an auto repair shop, and a pool of motor oil has been left, uncleaned for hours on the floor, and you slip, fall, and injure yourself when you walk over it, that auto repair shop can be held legally responsible for your injuries.
What Does This Mean for You?
Any fall that is caused by a property owner's knowledge about a potential hazard and deliberate choice to do nothing about it is legally deemed an act of negligence. And an act of negligence that results in an easily preventable injury is a breach of premises liability.
This situation results in two things. The first is that legally the property owner, not you, is responsible for the injury. Also, you have the option to go to court and put forward a civil lawsuit for personal injury due to premises liability, where you can get financial compensation for medical treatment, recovery, and even lost wages if you cannot resume your job while recovering.
We Know What to Do
If you now find yourself in a situation where you've fallen and gotten hurt due to negligence, we can help. Just reach out to Distasio Personal Injury Law, and let us assess your case and guide you through the next steps should you decide to pursue legal action.