Slip and Fall
Florida law requires that property owners use reasonable care in maintaining their premises and avoid exposing third parties to unreasonable risk of harm. At the Law Offices of Cohn & Smith, P.A., our Pembroke Pines slip & fall attorneys have successfully represented numerous slip and fall victims seeking compensation from negligent property owners for their injuries.Who has slip and fall rights under premises liability laws in Florida?
The amount of premises liability compensation that homeowners and property managers owe to people who slip and fall on their property depends on whether the people injured are trespassers, licensees or invitees. These are defined as:
- Trespasser. A person who enters upon the property of another without any right, authority or permission, but merely for his or her own purposes, convenience or out of curiosity is a trespasser. The owner of the premises has a limited duty to prevent intentional or reckless injury in this scenario.
- Licensee. An individual who is on the premises of another with the express or implied permission of the owner for purposes in which the property owner has no business or commercial interest is a licensee. For licensees, property owners must maintain the property in a reasonably safe manner and repair any unsafe conditions. These duties include an obligation to warn of known dangers on the property.
- Invitee or business invitee. One who is on the premises at the express or implied invitation of a property owner for some purpose in which the owner has some interest is an invitee. For invitees, property owners must keep the property in a safe condition and must either repair or provide notice of any known dangers on the premises. The property owner must regularly inspect the property for any dangerous conditions (such as water spills in store aisles, for example).
When you fall, you can injure almost every part of your body. People often injure their:
- Hands, wrists, elbows or shoulders, when they try to catch themselves from falling
- Ankles, knees and hips, which can be sprained or fractured in a fall
- Heads or necks on the floor, causing a spine or brain injury
Your first priority after this type of accident in the Pembroke Pines area is to obtain the medical care needed to protect your health and well-being. Your second priority is to contact experienced personal injury attorneys to help you recover your damages.Pembroke Pines Slip & Fall Attorney
If you have been injured on another person’s property, you should seek proper medical care and call Cohn & Smith to investigate whether the duty due you by the owner was violated. Contact us at (954) 687-0503 or online. Our main office is located in Broward County, and we have additional satellite offices throughout the state.