How Bad Weather Affects Your Slip-And-Fall Claim
Floridians often experience unpredictable weather, including rain and storms. During these conditions, people may track water into stores, wires may be exposed, and other dangers could cause someone to slip and fall. If you have suffered injuries on someone else’s property due to an owner’s negligence, inclement weather may play a role in your claim. However, understanding whether or not weather benefits or hurts your claim can be challenging on your own.
Fortunately, our knowledgeable lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott Sobol can help you determine if inclement weather affects your slip-and-fall claim and how to receive full compensation for your injuries successfully. We have many years of experience working on all types of slip-and-fall claims, so you can rest assured we will handle yours with attention and respect. Due to the complicated nature of these claims, we communicate with you openly and honestly about your legal options and how the weather may impact your case.
When Does Bad Weather Play a Role in Your Florida Slip-And-Fall Claim?
For bad weather to play a role in your slip-and-fall claim, the property owner must have known how the conditions could have put invitees at risk of injury and failed to remedy the issue. In these cases, the weather cannot take all the blame because the property owner knew the dangers the weather caused.
For example, store floors often become wet and slippery due to people tracking in water from outside. If a property owner knows about the slippery floors and does not put up a warning sign or fix the problem, causing you to slip, fall, and sustain injuries, they may be held liable for the accident and your damages. Other bad weather-related conditions a property owner could be responsible for include the following:
- Unstable stairs and railings
- Exposed wires
- Uneven pavement
- Poorly lit walkways
- Unmarked hazards
- Unsecured doormats
We understand bad weather can increase the risk of a slip-and-fall accident, but when a property owner’s negligence contributes to your injuries, our lawyers can help you hold them accountable and fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Can Bad Weather Negatively Impact Your Slip-And-Fall Claim?
Depending on the details of your accident, the weather may negatively impact your ability to file a claim and achieve compensation. While the property owner must have prior knowledge of the dangerous conditions for you to hold them liable, they may not be at fault if they did not know about the hazards the weather caused before you slipped and fell. For instance, if heavy rain caused a leak in the ceiling, causing you to slip and fall before the property owner knew about it, you may not be able to seek legal action.
However, if you know a property owner had knowledge of the hazardous conditions but claim they did not, our lawyers do everything possible to gather evidence to prove the following points:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care.
- They neglected this duty by failing to warn you about or fix hazardous conditions on their property.
- This negligence caused your injuries.
- Your injuries resulted in damages.
Our compassionate lawyers understand that every slip-and-fall claim is different, so we listen to your story and review important details to determine if poor weather plays a role in your claim.
Speak With a Trusted Florida Slip-And-Fall Accident Lawyer at the Law Offices of Scott Sobol
After suffering injuries in a bad weather slip-and-fall accident, your recovery should be your number one priority. This can be challenging when you attempt to handle the legal process on your own. With the help of our supportive lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott Sobol, you can take the time you need to heal and feel confident that we are handling every aspect of your claim effectively. We have the experience and knowledge to help you determine if inclement weather factors into your claim so that you can achieve a successful outcome.
Since 2003, Scott Sobol has successfully represented Florida slip-and-fall victims in all types of premises liability claims, including ones involving bad weather. These cases are often more complicated, so we take the difficult tasks like negotiating with insurance companies and collecting evidence off your hands to make the process easier for you. To discuss your slip-and-fall accident, give us a call at (954) 440-2000 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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