You have probably seen signs denoting a “slippery floor” hazard at a local store, but did you know that this is more than just a courtesy? According to Florida law, anyone that owns commercial property is legally obligated to provide a safe environment for patrons and to alert them to any and all dangers. If a business fails in this and a person is injured, the most common type of which is the slip and fall accident, then the injured party has legal rights to pursue financial compensation to help cover necessary medical expenses.
If a person slips and falls while on commercial property, such as a storefront or office building, then the first thing that he or she should do is assess any immediate injuries. While some slips are harmless, others can lead to minor or major injuries. If this is the case, it should be noted immediately and reported to the business. The business will in turn alert whichever department handles such claims and begin the process. If the business is unaccommodating or if the injury is severe, then it is perfectly reasonable to call in police officers or medical technicians to assist.
Secondly, the environment in which the slip and fall took place should also be noted in any report presented to the police or business. If it can be proven that the business was negligent in creating a safe building, or if the dangers were unwarned, then the injured person would have a much stronger case should it need to be taken to a court of law. If the business is unwilling to work with the injured person, then consulting with an officer or attorney is always a good idea.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a trip and fall accident and requires legal representation to see financial compensation and justice won, then we at the Franco Law Firm are here to help. To learn more about the services we offer and to schedule a free consultation for your circumstances, please call us at (813) 872-0929.