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Trip-and-fall injuries can occur on a myriad of different walking surfaces, and are usually caused by an uneven walkway or some type of non-obvious obstruction or hole. These type of incidents can result in severe and sometimes disabling injuries, so it’s important to explore all potential legal options that could assist victims with medical bills and compensate for pain and suffering. pebbles

Still, as our Boca Raton injury lawyers can explain, the fact that an injury occurred is usually not in and of itself enough to secure compensation. There must be evidence that the negligence of the property owner or property manager caused the fall that resulted in injury. Property owners have a duty of care to those invited on their site, especially if it is for business purposes. Companies that invite customers on site for the benefit of the company have a responsibility to regularly inspect the site and to keep it reasonably safe of potential hazards. Where such hazards exist and cannot be immediately addressed, customers are owed a warning.

In the recent case of Piotrowski v. Menard, Inc., the assertion was that plaintiff tripped and fell on a couple of small rocks that she did not see in the store parking lot. She fell hard on the concrete and sustained serious injuries. She alleged the store owner was liable for her injuries. But she had a tough time proving that it was the negligence of the store that caused her fall. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reviewed.  Continue reading

When a parking lot trip-and-fall accident occurs in a landscaped area not intended for pedestrian foot traffic, can a property owner still be held liable? parkinglot1

According to Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals: It depends.

In the recent case of Grimes v. Family Dollar Stores of Florida, Inc., et al., the court ruled that previous precedent that answered, “No” to this question had not taken into account a situation wherein the landscaped area was well-worn from business invitees routinely using it as a walkway. The court reasoned that when an area displays this kind of condition, visitors may reason that this is an accepted shortcut. It also puts the property owner/ manager on notice that customers are using the area for this purpose, which heightens the responsibility to ensure it is reasonably safe.  Continue reading

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