Slip, Trip, and Fall: A Common Accident in Naples
While we represent people injured in many types of accidents across Florida, we have noticed a significant increase in the amount of people seeking our help for injuries they sustained in a slip and fall or trip and fall accidents in the Naples area (Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs and Estero). People from around the world flock to Naples for the warm weather, beaches, golf courses, tennis, fishing, shopping and restaurants. Many seasonal and full-time residents of Naples are older and have various physical limitations including diminished eyesight and balance impairments. Unfortunately, many properties in Naples have dangerous defects, which can cause serious fall accidents and injuries.
The most common type of fall for our clients involve falls caused by uneven pavers in driveways and sidewalks, especially in the shopping centers around Naples. Many of Naples businesses and stores are beautifully maintained, but upon closer examination, there are uneven or raised tiles and pavers, which can easily catch a person’s shoe toe or heel. People often fall over holes in parking lots and unpainted parking bumpers.
Additionally, many of the properties on or near the water in Naples have wooden decks or boardwalks that are often in disrepair with uneven and rotting wooden planks. Many of these tripping hazards are difficult to see, and property owners very rarely place warning signs near them. In fact, our experience suggests that often the only way to force the property owners to repair theses dangerous conditions is to aggressively pursue claims against them.
Some good news, however, is that almost all Naples property and business owners carry high limits of insurance liability coverage, which allows for us to pursue complete compensation for our clients. Also, Florida has more favorable laws regarding premises liability that most states.
If you have fallen and injured yourself on someone else’s property, please take the following steps:
1. Immediately report the incident to the owner or an employee of the owner;
2. Take photographs of the area where you fell on your cell phone if possible;
3. Seek medical treatment
4. Call an experienced Florida premises liability attorney at 1-800-Trial-Pro