Wet Floors and Condensation Increase the Risk for Slips and Falls
During the summer months in Fort Pierce, air conditioners are running full time to beat the high heat and humidity, while many of us take refuge in swimming and other water related activities. When in stores and office buildings, or when stopping at restaurants and shops near pools or the beach, it is important to be alert for conditions that can make slips and falls more likely. These can result in serious and potentially disabling personal injuries, for which property owners can be held liable.
Summer Slips and Falls
Slips and falls may seem like nothing more than an embarrassment when they occur, and you may be tempted to brush these incidents off as nothing. In reality the National Floor Safety Institute reports that injuries that result in these situations account for more than eight million hospital emergency room visits each year.
While generally attributed as ‘accidents’, slips and falls are often the result of negligence on the part of property owners, managers, and employees. Conditions which make them more likely to occur include:
- Wet, slippery floors;
- Cluttered aisles and hallways;
- Loose floorboard and torn carpeting;
- Uneven paving stones on walkways;
- Lack of lighting or handrails.
These accidents can be even more common in the summer months. Air conditioners running non stop create condensation, water from passing summer storms can pool near entrances and exits, and bathers in wet clothes or swimsuits drip water on floors, all making slips and falls more likely to happen.
Protecting Yourself in the Event of a Slip and Fall
Anytime even a relatively minor slip and fall occurs, it is important to notify the property owner, managers, or security so that an incident report can be filed. In addition, seek medical care immediately, even if you think you are not injured. Many serious conditions have symptoms which can take days or even weeks to appear. Common injuries associated with slips and falls include:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle and tendon strain, sprains, or tears;
- Broken bones and joint dislocations;
- Back and neck injuries, including ruptured or herniated discs;
- Head injuries, including concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your slip and fall, you may be entitled to compensation either through an insurance company claim or by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Under Florida’s negligence statutes, property owners have a duty to provide the proper maintenance needed to ensure the safety of visitors and invited guests, and to warn others when potentially dangerous conditions exist. By holding negligent property owners accountable, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you suffer, both now and in the years to come.
Let Us Help You Today
If you or someone you care about is injured in a slip and fall, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III is here to help. Contact our Fort Pierce slip and fall accident attorney and request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you in getting the compensation you need to recover.