If you were hurt because you fell in a Florida store or business, you may think it was because you were clumsy or reckless. In fact, your embarrassment over what happened may lead you to assume it was your fault and cause you to move on as quickly as possible. Many people, including victims themselves, believe that slip-and-fall accidents are not a big deal, yet that is not always the case.
Whether you're strolling into KFC or browsing the aisles at Walmart, sustaining a serious and potentially life-altering injury is the last thing you expect. Yet, slip-and-fall injuries are quite common and can lead to medical bills, lost wages and a range of personal difficulties. Unfortunately for Florida residents, a recent statute has shifted the responsibility from business owners to injured parties in slip-and-fall cases.
Like anywhere else in the country, inadequate maintenance at a Florida property can lead to an accident. The same goes for premises that need repair or have hazardous conditions. Among the simplest hazards that can cause serious injuries to workers and customers is a wet floor.
Many cases of premises liability in Tampa, Florida, deal with slip-and-fall accidents, defective elevators and accidents at theme parks. However, incidents concerning premises liability may occur anywhere, particularly if it is an accident caused by inadequate security or a dog bite.
Many Floridians know that an estimated 1 million people suffer injuries from slip-and-fall accidents every year across the United States, according to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Slip-and-fall-accidents not only cause injuries but also cause 11,000 deaths every year.
Tampa customers of Target may find a pending Louisiana case of particular interest. A franchise store in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner is being sued by a customer who claims he sustained slip-and-fall injuries while shopping in the store.