Uneven Pavement Accidents
Premises Liability Attorneys Helping Fort Myers Residents
Uneven pavement poses a serious risk to the public. If you were hurt in a slip and fall on uneven or poorly maintained pavement, you may be able to hold the property owner accountable for your harm. Public and private property owners have an obligation to maintain their premises in reasonably safe condition so that people who enter the area will be protected from foreseeable risks. However, many property owners do not meet this obligation, and serious injuries may result. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our Fort Myers premises liability lawyers have the dedication and experience to handle your claim.
Pursuing Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident on Uneven Pavement
Uneven pavement can be caused by differing heights, improperly laid slabs, soil and weather erosion, cracks, and other potentially hazardous conditions that develop over time on pavement. In some cases, a slip or fall on uneven pavement may result in minor injuries, but in other cases, the injuries may be long-term or even fatal.
Property owners, including restaurant owners, grocery stores, malls, and other businesses, are expected to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If you have slipped and fallen on uneven pavement at one of these locations, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Under Florida law, a property owner’s duty to maintain the premises in reasonably good repair includes providing warnings to visitors about any hazardous conditions, as well as maintaining sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas. This duty extends to anyone who enters the premises lawfully, and in some cases to children who trespass on the premises.
It is important to note that the duty of care that a property owner owes a visitor depends on the status of the visitor. In Florida, a visitor may be classified in one of three ways: an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser. An invitee is someone who enters the land for a business purpose (like a customer) and is owed the highest duty of care. When it comes to these individuals, a property owner has an obligation not only to keep the premises safe but also to check regularly for hidden hazards. As a result, a property owner must address dangerous conditions of which it knew or reasonably should have known. Once a plaintiff has demonstrated that the property owner breached the duty of care owed to him or her, the plaintiff must then show that he or she was injured as a direct result of the property owner’s negligent conduct.
Damages available in these claims may include medical expenses, the costs of future treatment, any lost income caused by missed time at work, and pain and suffering. It is important to investigate the possibility of bringing a claim soon after an accident, since the statute of limitations restricts the time period during which you can take legal action.
Consult an Experienced Premises Liability Lawyer in the Fort Myers Area
Slip and fall accidents can happen at any place and any time. However, uneven pavement makes the risk of falling greater. If you or a loved one has been injured due to uneven pavement, the Fort Myers premises liability attorneys at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano are ready to help you. We are firmly committed to holding property owners accountable for their negligence. Our firm also represents victims in Naples, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres, and Sarasota. Call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form to set up a free consultation with a slip and fall attorney.