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What Should I Do if I Slip and Fall on a Wet Floor in Florida?

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Slipping and falling in public can be embarrassing. However, for some people, embarrassment is the least of their concerns. Instead, they’ve sustained serious injuries that can impact them for a considerable time. Unfortunately, many underestimate the severity of slip and fall accidents, meaning they are unaware they may be entitled to financial compensation for the pain they’ve endured as a result. If you’ve been injured because of a negligent party, understanding how a Broward County slip and fall lawyer can help you through these complex times is critical. Keep reading to learn more about the severity of these injuries and how liability is determined.

What Injuries Can I Sustain From a Slip and Fall on a Wet Floor?

While some people who suffer slip and falls may endure minor injuries like slight bruising or discomfort, others are not as lucky. In some instances, those who lose their footing on a wet spot can endure the following:

  • Fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Contusions
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Neck and head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Lacerations

Unfortunately, many may find they can hit their head twice when slipping and falling. If the wet spot is near a hazard like stairs, a counter, or other fixture, when they slip they can suffer a blow to the head while falling and once again while they hit the ground. As a result, these injuries can be incredibly intense. As a result, those who hit their head can suffer intense concussions.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries?

Generally, when you slip and fall on a wet floor in a building, the owner of the establishment can face liability. Even if they are not directly responsible for the spill or in the building at the time of the injury, ultimately it is ownership’s responsibility. This is because they must ensure their building is up to par and their employees are trained to respond to hazards.

However, it’s important to understand that the employees need enough time to respond to and remedy hazards. If you slip within minutes of a pipe bursting, employees may not even be aware of the hazard. However, if a reasonable amount of time has passed or they have been notified and failed to respond to the risk, management can be held liable.

Additionally. if an employee knows about a hazard and does not warn those in the building, such as placing a wet floor sign down when mopping, ownership can be held liable.

Have you been injured because of the negligent actions of others? If you slipped and fell as a result of a wet spot in an establishment, it’s imperative to connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At the Finizio Law Group, our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to assist you through these challenging times to recover the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained. Connect with us today to learn how we can fight for you.

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