Can You Sue if You Slipped on a Rainy Day?Tampa Bay Legal News
Even though Florida is well known for warm weather, sunshine, and palm trees, the sunshine state, as it is nicknamed, is not always dry. It often rains and when it does, there is the potential for slick surfaces. Slippery, wet surfaces pose a risk of slip and fall incidents, and when a property owner knows or should reasonably know of a risk for a slip and fall accident on their property, they must address it.
If you lawfully entered into a property and you slipped and fell, you may have a case to file a suit against the property owner for damages. To be successful with your claim, you must show that the property owner had a duty of care to you but they breached that duty and that is why your accident happened and you suffered damages. Showing all of these things is something that can be done with the help of an experienced legal professional. In Florida, the Tampa slip and fall attorneys at Fulgencio law can help you with your claim.
How Can a Victim Sue for Damages After a Slip and Fall on a Rainy Day?
Rain may be great for the plants, but for people, it can pose many problems. Rain puddles that exist on a business’s premises can cause individuals that enter to slip and fall. If the business did not take appropriate steps to address rain puddles and slick surfaces, then they could be liable for the resulting damages a victim suffers.
In May of 2022, a court in the Middle District of Florida, Fort Meyers Division found that a plaintiff who slipped in a post office lobby on a rainy day and sued for damages was awarded a judgment in her favor. She was able to prove that a wet floor was known by the property owner’s employees or should have been known and addressed but it was not. As a result, she was awarded over $57,000 for her losses.
If you entered a property where there was a hazard that the property owner or their employees did not fix or at least make clearly known and you were harmed you may have a Florida premise liability case. It is in your best interest in these situations to get connected with knowledgeable and seasoned legal counsel to review your accident experience and advise you on your legal options. The Tampa personal injury attorneys at Fulgencio Law can discuss your slip and fall accident with you and what you can do to recover compensation for your losses.
Speak with a Florida Premise Liability Attorney Today
Property owners cannot control the weather but they can control the safety of their premises in terms of fixing problems and posting clear signage where hazards may be located. When they fail to keep their property reasonably safe for those that enter in, then they could be liable for the resulting damages a victim suffers.
To learn more about Florida premise liability laws and how you can be compensated for the harm you suffered from your slip and fall accident, please call the Florida civil litigation lawyers at Fulgencio Law today at (813) 463-0123. Consultations are always free.