Wet Floor Accidents
Generally, wet floors are temporary inconveniences that we avoid. However, sometimes, a wet floor can lead to a serious slip and fall accident, in which a victim is left with significant injuries. When a property owner has failed to dry a spill in a reasonable amount of time, or when it does not place signs to warn visitors of a wet floor due to mopping, that owner should be held responsible for the harm that results. The Miami premises liability lawyers at the Law Offices assist victims injured by negligent property owners in taking the legal action necessary to help cover the financial impact of a serious injury.
From investigating the circumstances leading up to an accident through negotiations and until the conclusion of litigation, The team work hard to ensure that clients' best interests are aggressively pursued. Our attorneys represent people throughout South Florida, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, in all types of premises liability claims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wet floor accident that you believe was caused by a property owner's negligence, contact our office today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.Common Causes of Wet Floor Accidents
Wet floors are common occurrences, especially in restaurants or supermarkets, where not only drinks or food substances may be spilled, but also floors must be cleaned frequently. Of course, not all wet floors are due to the careless actions of a property owner or employee. However, sometimes, when there are not proper protocols in place, wet floors are left slippery for unreasonable amounts of time, or they are not readily apparent to visitors due to lack of signage. Some common causes of wet floor accidents indicating negligence include:
- Failing to place weather mats at entrances during rainy conditions.
- Failing to use 'Wet Floor' signs or close off an area after mopping or cleaning.
- Allowing spilled drinks to remain uncleaned and unmarked for a lengthy period of time.
- Failing to inspect a building for leaks or fix leaks upon discovery.
Showing that a wet floor was due to a careless property owner or occupier may be difficult. It is important in these cases to try and take photographs of the area in the immediate aftermath of an incident so that the evidence is preserved. Although seeking medical attention is the first priority following a fall, without this visual image of the area, it is more difficult for your attorney to establish that a fall was a result of a wet floor.Showing Liability for Injuries Caused by a Wet Floor
Many wet floor accidents are caused by a business owner, or its employee, failing to take appropriate measures to keep customers safe from unnecessary harm. Businesses not only have a duty to regularly inspect their properties for dangerous conditions but also must remedy those conditions when they are found, or they must warn their patrons of their existence. Failing to utilize signs indicating a dangerous, wet area, or not properly training employees to place such signage, is a breach of a business' duty of care owed to people who visit. Additionally, owners or occupiers that fail to identify a roof leak or put down mats during the rain can be held liable for injuries that result from a wet floor. Victims injured by a negligent property owner can recover damages for past and future medical costs, loss of income, and diminished earning capacity, among other forms of damages.Contact a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney in Miami to Understand Your Rights
Wet floor accidents can result in significant injuries, such as hip fractures, back injuries, broken bones, and head injuries, especially when a victim is a child or elderly. The injury attorneys at the Law Offices are committed to making sure that victims have the financial resources necessary to cope with their injuries. If you need legal guidance following an accident involving a wet floor while visiting a business or other property in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or the surrounding communities, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about how we can help.