Faulty Handrails and Stairwells
According to Florida law, property owners have a duty to keep their premises in a safe condition for visitors and guests. In the event that a property owner fails to adhere to this duty, people may suffer serious accidents that result in long-term or even permanent injuries. One of the most common events that may result from a property owner’s negligence is a faulty handrail or stairwell accident. The Naples premises liability attorneys at the Law Office of Adam Baron are experienced in assisting victims with seeking compensation when a dangerous property condition has caused their injuries.Serious Injuries May Result from Faulty Handrails or Stairwells
The first step in pursuing compensation after a slip and fall accident of any kind is to file a personal injury claim against the party that owns the property. If it is a privately owned property, this is fairly straightforward. When the property is owned or controlled by a business or a group of businesses, the plaintiff will need to be sure to include each potentially liable defendant to ensure that they fully assert their right to compensation.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff will need to prove four separate elements: that the defendant owed them a duty of care, that the defendant breached the duty, that the breach was the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries, and that they sustained damages that may reasonably be quantified. When it comes to the duty element, property owners are required to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition, to provide warnings against any known dangers, and to repair known dangerous conditions in a timely manner. The level of care that the property owner owes changes depending on the reason that the accident victim was on the property. People who are on the property for a business purpose are owed a higher duty of care than social guests, for example.
After establishing that the defendant breached the duty of care, the next element is causation. Injuries that may result from faulty handrail or stairwell accidents often include broken bones and head injuries, especially if the victim falls from a considerable height. The defendant is allowed to provide evidence that suggests that the victim acted negligently and contributed to the accident, but the pure comparative negligence rule in Florida means that the victim’s fault will only reduce rather than eliminate their compensation, unless they were fully responsible for the accident. Damages that often may be obtained in slip and fall cases include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.Consult a Diligent Premises Liability Attorney in the Naples Area
If you have been hurt due to a property owner’s failure to maintain a handrail or stairwell in a safe condition, you may be entitled to compensation. The Naples premises liability lawyers at the Law Office of Adam Baron are prepared to help you investigate your case, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies. We represent injured victims in Fort Myers, Coral Springs, Tamarac, and North Miami Beach, among other cities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. To schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney, contact us online or call us at one of our regional office locations. We may be reached in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, in Miami-Dade County at (305) 770-2131, or in Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511.