Who’s At Fault in a Slip and Fall Case?
Our slip and fall lawyers will review each case based on its own merits. Legally proving fault requires careful evaluation of the property owner’s actions (or lack thereof) that can be used to prove their negligence.
This will be the first line of inquiry from our personal injury attorneys, because slip and fall accidents can easily occur as a result of carelessness on the injured individual’s part. To legally prove a property owner’s negligence in this case, the victim needs to prove that dangerous conditions were still present, and the owner was aware of them.
Your attorney will need to be able to prove that conditions were dangerous, but it wouldn’t have been something you could have anticipated entering the environment. Once that has been established, they’ll need to provide evidence that the property owner was aware of the dangerous conditions.
One of the following conditions must be true to hold someone accountable for a slip and fall accident in Florida:
- The property owner must have either deliberately or unintentionally caused the dangerous conditions (cracks, loose debris, or slippery floors) and decided to hide it.
- The property owner knew about the dangerous conditions but took no action to fix them.
- The dangerous condition persisted on the property for a long enough time for a reasonable person to discover and rectify it.
If one of the above conditions are met, the property owner can be legally held accountable. You should not hesitate to contact a slip and fall accident attorney if that’s the case.