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oliwier-gesla-635232-unsplash-copy-300x200You may not expect to be hurt due to dangerous conditions on property, but a report from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reveals shocking statistics: Accidental slips, trips, and falls are among the top two causes of non-fatal injuries in the US. It is true that clumsiness may be to blame in some situations, but many other injuries occur because of preventable errors. You should discuss your circumstances with a Florida slip and fall attorney right away, but some answers to common questions about property-related accidents may be helpful. 

How do Slip and Fall Claims Work?

The familiar term “slip and fall” actually refers to a legal concept called premises liability in Florida. The foundation of these claims is negligence, a type of case that imposes a legal duty on property owners. If they fail to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition, they could be liable for a victim’s injuries. 

Recently, our Miami personal injury attorneys read a case in which the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision in Friedrich v. Fetterman & Associates, PA, reinstating a jury verdict for a plaintiff  injured in a law office chair while visiting a law firm to consult about an unrelated personal injury claim.

In Friedrich, the plaintiff, Robert Friedrich, was injured in a 2010 car accident. Following the accident, Friedrich visited the offices of the defendant law firm for a consultation about his personal injury claim. While meeting with one of the firm’s attorneys, the office chair in which Friedrich was sitting collapsed, causing him to fall and strike his head. Following the incident, Friedrich’s medical problems from the automobile accident worsened, and he ended up having surgery.

Friedrich file a law suit against the law firm he consulted. In his suit, he claimed the law firm had been negligent in failing to inspect the chair, or warn him of the dangerous condition posed by the office chair. At trial, Friedrich presented an expert to testify that the firm should have performed a “hands-on inspection” of its chairs every six months. The expert claimed that such an inspection would have revealed the defect which caused the chair to collapse. Fetterman’s expert testified that the best inspection or test for a chair is for someone to sit on it, and that any inspection, including a flex test, would not have revealed the defect.