Delray Beach Personal Injury Attorney Helping Slip and Fall Victims Recover
Slip and fall accidents cause serious injuries to their victims, including fractures, neck and back injuries, head injuries, facial scarring, and muscle sprains and strains. Unfortunately, property owners may be neglectful in their duty to provide a safe environment for people on their premises, resulting in these painful, debilitating and wholly unnecessary injuries. As a dedicated personal injury attorney who devotes his law practice exclusively to the representation of persons injured by the negligence of others in Delray Beach and surrounding areas, Craig D. Earnhart can help you get the care and compensation you need and deserve after a slip and fall on somebody’s dangerously unsafe property.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Delray Beach
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can happen in many different ways when property owners do not maintain their premises in a safe condition. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in Delray Beach include the following:
- Food or drink spill in a grocery store or restaurant
- Puddles formed around air conditioners, refrigerators or condensers
- Slippery entrances from tracked-in rain or seawater
- Merchandise cluttering walking paths
- Merchandise falling from shelves
- Freshly mopped or waxed floors
- Stairs with broken or missing handrails
- Cracked or broken sidewalks or curbs
- Unmarked steps or inclines
- Broken elevators or escalators
Facts about Florida Premises Liability Law
All property owners owe a duty of care to persons on their property, but the nature of that duty can depend on the status of the visitor. For instance, if the person is a public invitee or business invitee, the property owner may owe a duty to regularly inspect the property and fix any defects in a timely manner or warn visitors about the hazard. If the person is classified as an invited or uninvited licensee, the property owner’s duty may be limited only to fixing known dangers or warning visitors about hazardous conditions that are not apparent or obvious. Property owners even owe a duty to trespassers not to intentionally create a hidden danger in order to protect their property from trespassers. At Earnhart Law, we can help you understand your status at the time of the accident and investigate whether the property owner violated a duty owed to you which allowed you to become injured.
Property owners can be liable for hazards they created themselves, or for other dangers they did not create but either knew about or should have known about. In the case of a temporary hazard such as a spill which was not created by the owner or an employee, proving that the owner should have known about the danger and failed to address it in a reasonable time can be a challenging aspect of a slip and fall case. With decades of experience evaluating and addressing personal injury cases, attorney Craig D. Earnhart understands how to investigate and prove a case of premises liability. At Earnhart Law, we are prepared to take your case to court if necessary to prove the owner’s responsibility to you. Our office is also adept at protecting you from charges that you were not paying sufficient attention to your surroundings or otherwise somehow caused or contributed to the accident. Insurance companies make these claims to avoid liability or reduce the amount they have to pay you. We work hard to make sure any false or unfounded allegations are not used against you to weaken your case or lessen the amount of a settlement or judgment in your favor.
Help with Slip and Fall Accidents from an Experienced and Successful Delray Beach Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton or throughout south Palm Beach County, call Earnhart Law at 561-265-2220 to speak with a knowledgeable and dedicated Florida personal injury attorney.