St. Petersburg Slip and Fall Attorney
High profile cases where victims receive huge awards in compensation for their injuries are often broadcast via media in newspapers and television, giving the impression that premises liability cases are easy to win. In reality, an inexperienced Florida slip and fall attorney representing victims in premises liability cases often fail to meet the burden of proof necessary to convince a jury that compensation is justified.
The burden of proof in a premises liability case falls to the plaintiff or injured party. When litigated, the plaintiff’s attorney must present evidence to support its claim of negligence. The attorney must clearly outline the reasons the premises owner is responsible for the damage or injury suffered by the victim and they must show that the damage or injury is the result of negligence.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner who failed to secure or maintain public or private premises adequately, contact St. Petersburg accident attorney J. Stanford Morse, P.A., who has been a Florida slip and fall attorney for liability victims for 31 years with a consistent record of success.
Responsibility of Property Owners
Florida law requires that a person or entity, who owns, leases, occupies or controls property use reasonable care to insure the safety of the people who are on the property. Responsibility extends to identifying unsafe conditions and to repair, replace, or give adequate warning of anything that could be reasonably expected to cause harm to others.
Several factors are considered when a jury in Florida decides whether a defendant used “reasonable care,” including:
- Property location
- The likelihood of harm due to the condition or event;
- The probable seriousness of such harm; and
- Whether the defendant knew, or should have known, of the condition that created the risk.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
- Slip and fall due to wet floors
- Lack of proper handrails or guardrails on stairs, sloping walkways, high platforms or elevated areas
- Improper or Inadequate lighting
- Cracked or elevated sidewalks
- Falling merchandise or objects
- Dangerous work sites lacking adequate notice to individuals on premises
- Victims of crime on properties without adequate security
- Other unsafe conditions