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Slip-and-fall accidents outdoors: Who is to blame?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2018 | Blog

If you suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall accident while on personal or private property in Florida, you may have grounds to seek compensation through a premises liability claim. However, there are times when it can be difficult to determine who may be to blame for an accident.

If your slip-and-fall accident took place while you were outside, you may be unsure of who or what could be to blame for your suffering. While it can be difficult to identify liable parties, you do not have to walk through the aftermath alone. With guidance, you may be able to build a strong claim for recompense for your financial losses and your pain and suffering.

Do you have grounds for a claim?

It can be difficult to know if you actually have grounds to move forward with a civil claim after falling while outside. Outdoor slip-and-fall accident cases can be confusing, but you may have valid grounds to move forward with a claim if the following apply to your case:

  • There was ice or snow that contributed to your fall
  • Inadequate light made it difficult to walk safely on the sidewalk
  • Dangerous parking lot conditions led to your accident

In some cases, the owner of the property may be responsible for the dangerous conditions that could lead to the harm of people visiting the property. Even a sidewalk accident may not be your fault, but instead, it could be the result of negligent property maintenance or hazardous conditions.

Some victims of slip-and-fall accidents assume that their accidents were their own fault, especially if it occurred outdoors. Instead of making assumptions about your case, it can be helpful to seek a complete evaluation of your case in order to fully understand the legal options that may be available to you. Taking quick action can ensure that important evidence does not disappear or degrade.

Your right to recovery

After a slip-and-fall accident, you could find yourself dealing with expensive medical bills and other losses. You may not have to bear this burden alone, but you could seek compensation for all of your accident-related losses and suffering.

If you slipped, fell and suffered injuries while walking outside, the property owner or another party could be liable for what you experienced. You have the right to explore your options, which may include a civil claim. Through a premises liability claim, you can seek appropriate damages for the negative impact of your slip-and-fall accident.