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A trip and fall accident takes places when a person on the land of another “trips” on an object and “falls” to the ground suffering injuries. The responsibility of the landowner to the person who tripped and fell on their property depends on the legal relationship between the two parties.
In Florida, a person on the land of another is categorized as either a Trespasser, Licensee, or Invitee.
The most common trip and fall accidents involve Invitees.
An invitee is a person who enters the premises of another for a purpose connected with the business or other interest of the landowner. Examples include store customers and persons accompanying them.
A landowner has a duty to exercise reasonable and ordinary care in keeping the property reasonably safe for the benefit of invitees. They also have a duty to warn invitees of dangers that are known or should be known to them. A landowner must also make reasonable inspections of his property to discover dangerous conditions and, thereafter, make them safe for their invitees.
Trip and fall accident cases are very complex and have many nuances. If you or someone you know has tripped and fallen on the property of another in South Florida, call us at (786) 899-3500. We may be able to assist you. All consultations are free.