Sometimes falls are the result of our own clumsiness—such as running around a pool or walking with our shoelaces untied—and other falls are the result of someone else’s negligence. Just because you fell on another’s premises, does not necessarily make the property owner responsible. However, if your Sarasota slip and fall accident was caused by the negligence of another, you may have a valid premises liability claim for damages.
Where your slip and fall accident occurred will determine which party will be responsible for your damages. There could be many different parties liable for slip and fall accidents and injuries, including:
- Property owners
- Business owners
- Property possessors
- Retail stores
- Big-box stores (e.g., Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Sam’s Club)
- Grocery stores
- Owners and landlords of apartment complexes
- Commercial building owners
- Property management companies
- Janitorial companies
- School districts
- And more
All of the aforementioned parties have a duty to take care of their grounds and make sure their premises are safe and free from hazards. On the other hand, employees, visitors, and consumers have a duty to walk safely, wear the appropriate shoes, and behave with care. When a slip and fall accident in Florida occurs, the insurance company for the store or other party will attempt to prove that you were partially at fault. They do this so that they can place some of the liability on you and deny your claim for damages.
Because they will be doing this, you will have to prove that the store or property owner was at fault for the hazardous condition that caused your slip and fall injury. Premises liability claims can be complex and insurance companies will attempt to deny your claim. Therefore, you need an experienced Sarasota premises liability lawyer on your side who knows how to establish the proof you need to win your case.
To speak with a knowledgeable Sarasota slip and fall attorney in a free initial consultation, please call the Mallard Law Firm at 888-409-3805 today.