Property owners and their responsibility for safety

Florida residents who are injured in slip-and-fall accidents may interested in knowing their legal options for recourse. In some instances, these kinds of accidents could have been prevented. Property owners are obligated to take reasonable actions to assure the safety of their premises.

A property owner’s liability for an accident is determined based on the due diligence most owners would have performed to correct a potential hazard. A cardinal rule is whether or not a reasonable person would have perceived a situation or circumstance to be dangerous. If the answer is yes, then the owner could be found liable by not having taken steps to remedy it.

Individuals are also responsible for being aware of their surroundings in order to avoid possible dangers. For example, if pooling water results from an unexpected circumstance or such a puddle is clearly labeled as a hazard and can easily be sidestepped, then a property owner likely would not be found liable for an injuries suffered by someone who was hurt after slipping. However, if an accident occurs after such a circumstance has been reported and the area was unavoidable to those in that part of the premises, the owner would likely be held responsible, via civil litigation, for the harm caused.

An attorney could provide insight into whether or not a slip-and-fall accident would be attributable to negligence on the part of a property owner. By filing a premises liability claim with the help of a lawyer, a plaintiff of such a lawsuit could be awarded damages for economic harm caused to him or her. Medical bills, property damage and wages lost after having missed work due to injuries could all be accounted for by compensation.

SourceFindlaw, “Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents“, August 28, 2014