Slip & Falls

“Slip and fall” is a term used to describe an injury that occurs as a result of hazardous conditions on someone else’s property. Slip and fall cases are initiated against the property owner or another party who may be at fault, for the occurrence of the injury.

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WHY EASTMOORE CRAUWELS & DUBOSE?

Attorneys at Eastmoore Crauwels & DuBose have years of experience litigating slip and fall cases. No matter the severity of the injury, we will help you: Understand your rights
  • Understand your rights
  • Determine who may be liable
  • Gather evidence to support your claim
  • Determine the right strategy for your case

COMMON CASE EXAMPLES

  • Cluttered walking spaces
  • Slippery or wet floors
  • Loose floorboards or defective staircases
  • Defective or obstructed sidewalks
  • Potholes in parking lots or rough ground
  • Torn carpeting
  • Trampolines and bounce houses with limited safety precautions. 

WHAT CONSTITUTES A SLIP AND FALL CASE?

DETERMINING LIABILITY

To prevail in a slip and fall case, the plaintiff must establish that one of these three scenarios occurred:
  1. The liable party created the danger that caused the fall, such as a store employee spilling liquid or breaking a stair;
  2. The liable party knew of the danger but did nothing to correct it. For example, if the store owner or employee saw the spill or hazardous condition and did not clean it up in a timely manner; or
  3. The liable party should have reasonably discovered the danger and corrected it before the accident, for example, a grocery store owner could reasonably expect product spills in his store, and must inspect for them to protect customers.

TYPES OF CASES

THE PROPERTY OWNER CREATED THE DANGER

The liable party may have created the danger that caused the injury. For example, the owner may have dug a hole in the front of a business to do electrical or plumbing work without putting up proper signage that there was a problem, leading to a fall. If this occurs, the property owner may be liable for injuries caused by the danger it created.

THE PROPERTY OWNER KNEW OF THE DANGER

There may be proof that the liable party knew of the danger, but did nothing to fix it. For instance, it someone falls on a wet floor after an employee or another patron reported a spill, the store owner could be liable. If a building inspector required the owner to fix faulty stairs and it did not, the property owner may be liable for the injuries caused.

THE PROPERTY OWNER SHOULD HAVE REASONABLY DISCOVERED THE DANGER AND CORRECTED IT

A property owner may be liable for injuries or damages caused by hazards it should have reasonably discovered. Most slip and fall cases fall under this category. For example, if another shopper spilled water on the floor and it stayed there for enough time that an employee should have discovered it and cleaned it up, but no one did, the store owner may be liable.

This category hinges on one important element, what is reasonable for the store owner to detect?

THE REASONABLENESS STANDARD

Property owners are expected to be reasonable in the maintenance of their property. A grocery store owner can reasonably foresee that some items may spill and that customers may slip on them. Therefore, a grocery owner has a responsibility to inspect the store for hazards, and warn customers of any danger or fix it. The factfinder must decide whether it was reasonable to expect the store owner to have discovered the problem. If the owner is deemed to have acted unreasonably, it may be liable for any damages or injuries caused by the hazard.

To help determine whether the owner acted reasonably, it is useful to consider things like: whether there was a procedure in place to inspect and repair the premise; whether there was a reason for the hazard; whether there could have been a way to reduce the hazard; whether the premises could have been made more safe; and whether warning signs could have been put up.

WHO MAY BE SUED

The liable party may be the owner of the business, the owner of the property, the landlord, the tenant, or in the case of some public land, the government. The lawyers of Eastmoore Crauwels & DuBose can help determine who may be liable.

WHO MAY SUE

The victim of a slip and fall case is the plaintiff and brings the suit against the property owner or other liable party.

If the accident resulted in death, the family of the victim may bring a lawsuit and collect compensation for the wrongful death.

WHEN YOU MAY SUE

The statute of limitations in Florida for a slip and fall claim is four years from the time of the injury. After that, the victim may be barred from seeking compensation. There are very few exceptions to this rule, so it is best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

DAMAGES

The plaintiff in a slip and fall case may be awarded monetary compensation as a result of his or her injuries. This monetary compensation may include current and future medical bills, lost wages and lost future earning capacity, and physical and mental pain and suffering.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“Patricia Crauwels and Margaret Good represented our company very capably and presented a compelling case in our recent jury trial. In fact, the jury found in our favor and dismissed the notion that we bore any liability due to this event (which was, frankly, unexpected). This was due to the excellent plan and hard work they both put forth on our behalf. We were very pleased with the outcome and would recommend EC&D for legal needs your company may have.

Kudos and thanks, too, to Alisa Vizcarra, who organized us all and communicated with pleasant professionalism over the past 18 months.”

– RICK KRIEGER

“Used services of this law firm back in 2012. Have been tried two different attorneys before. Based on my previous experiences I can say they did a good job in my case. If you like me having a tough personal injury case – that’s the firm in Sarasota area to call.”

– BILLER REINHART

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Keith was referred to me by a friend after I got into my first (and hopefully last) car accident and I can say this man is a BLESSING! He made sure that I knew what was going on every step of the way and answered any questions I had. He’s very honest and open about how he works and I appreciate that. He’s definitely going to be the lawyer I refer anyone to if they find themselves in an accident.
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Excellent Firm!
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My wife was the victim in a horrific car accident. The care that Keith and Marcia showed us goes above and beyond anything we could have expected from a law firm. There is no way that an ordinary citizen could possibly navigate the insurance companies, hospitals, the opposing side, without the help of an attorney. Keith, Marcia, and the entire firm bring a great deal of honour to that profession. Should you ever be in need I can't recommend them highly enough.
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I was referred to Mr. DuBose when I was injured in an adverse auto collision. Mr. DuBose and his team has helped me to persevere through a difficult time in my life and helped me settled the case. I am very glad I chose this prestigious law firm. The whole team is extremely professional and supportive. Mr. DuBose is simply the best. He is very knowledgeable, professional and compassionate. I am very impressed with his legal aid, Christina, as well. She is always there to listen to your concerns and respond to you in a timely manner. My experience with this law firm has been very enjoyable, and I will be recommending it to family and friends.Thank you, Mr. DuBose and your team.
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Rick K.
Patricia Crauwels and Margaret Good represented our company very capably, and presented a compelling case in our recent jury trial. In fact, the jury found in our favor and dismissed the notion that we bore any liability due to this event (which was, frankly, unexpected). This was due to the excellent plan and hard work they both put forth on our behalf. We were very pleased with the outcome and would recommend Matthews Eastmoore for legal needs your company may have.Kudos and thanks, too, to Alisa Vizcarra, who organized us all and communicated with pleasant professionalism over the past 18 months.
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Used services of this law firm back in 2012. Have been tried two different attorneys before. Based on my previous experiences I can say they did a good job in my case. If you like me having a tough personal injury case - that's the firm in Sarasota area to call.

If you feel you have been the victim of medical malpractice, call Eastmoore Crauwels & DuBose  at 941-366-8888 or schedule a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys will give you the help you need to achieve the justice you deserve.

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