"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes
Palatka Slip & Fall Lawyer
Slip & Fall Accidents in Putnam County
If you slipped, tripped, and fell due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you should not have to face the physical, emotional, and financial consequences on your own. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we understand that you are likely dealing with significant injuries, missed work, and considerable pain and suffering. Our Palatka slip and fall lawyers are here to help you hold the negligent property owner accountable and fight to secure the fair compensation you are owed.
At our office in Palatka, we serve clients throughout Putnam County who have been harmed due to property owner negligence. We are available to take your call 24/7, and you will always reach a real, live person when you contact our firm. We offer contingency fees, meaning you do not owe anything unless/until we recover compensation for you.
When Is a Property Owner Liable for a Slip, Trip & Fall Accident?
Florida’s premises liability laws state that property owners are responsible for adequately maintaining their properties and removing, repairing, or warning visitors of any dangerous conditions that pose a foreseeable risk of harm. When they fail to uphold this duty of care, they can be held legally liable for any accidents that result.
A property owner may be liable for your slip and fall-related damages if:
- You were legally on the property when the accident occurred
- You slipped and fell because of a dangerous or hazardous condition
- The property owner knew about (or reasonably should have known about) the condition
- The property owner failed to take appropriate measures to remove or warn others about the hazardous condition
- You were not being negligent and could not have reasonably/easily avoided the dangerous condition
If all of the above elements are true, you could have a case against the property owner (or another responsible party, such as a property manager).
What Are “Hazardous Conditions?”
As mentioned above, a property owner can typically be held liable for a slip and fall accident when the accident occurred due to dangerous or hazardous conditions on the property that the property owner knew about or should have known about. But what exactly is a “hazardous condition?”
Generally speaking, any condition that poses a “foreseeable” risk of injury is considered a dangerous or hazardous condition. Essentially, this means that if a typical person could reasonably understand that the condition might cause an accident or injury, that condition is hazardous.
Examples of hazardous property conditions that may lead to slip, trip, and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Slippery surfaces
- Uneven floors
- Unsafe stairs/steps
- Exposed wires or cords on the ground
- Cluttered walkways or aisles
- Torn or ripped carpets
- Lack of handrails or guardrails
- Poor lighting
- Defective porches or balconies
- Improper signage (“wet floor” signs, “caution” signs, etc.)
These and other hazardous conditions can cause serious slip and fall accidents, leaving victims dealing with significant injuries and damages. Our Palatka slip and fall lawyers can help you fight for fair compensation for your losses, whether you broke your arm in the fall or sustained a traumatic brain injury. We utilize a personalized approach to every case and are ready to fight tooth and nail for every penny you are owed.
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In Florida, you typically only have four years from the date of the accident/injury to bring a personal injury claim. However, the statute of limitations may be even shorter in some circumstances, including when the liable entity is a government agency. We encourage you to reach out to the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. as soon as possible to learn how we can help you get back on your feet.
With over a century of combined legal experience, our team has the resources and skills to effectively advocate for you. We don’t just settle; instead, we fight tirelessly to recover all economic and non-economic damages our clients are owed, even if that means taking their cases to trial.