Florida is among the states with the greatest amount of rainfall each year. A Florida Climate Center study explains how Florida weather often includes frequent storms and torrential rain, particularly along the Panhandle and Gold Coast. Northern Florida tends to have rain throughout the year, while rainstorms are more seasonal in the rest of the state. South Florida has a five-month rainy season that lasts from June through October when about seventy percent of the year’s rainfall occurs, according to the South Florida Water Management District.
One of the detrimental effects of rainfall are slip and fall accidents caused by wet floors in business establishments, schools, condominium entrances and many other locations throughout the state. A slip and fall accident on a wet floor can lead to serious injuries such as fractures, torn meniscus in the knee, and head, neck and back injuries. The injury is often more severe when the victim is elderly.
However, Florida law, as amended last year, makes it more difficult for someone injured from a slip and fall accident to hold the property owner responsible. Pursuant to the new Florida law, a person who slips and falls on any substance, including a wet floor at a place of business, has to prove:
- The owner knew about the wet floor and failed to clean it prior to the accident
- The wet floor existed for so long that in properly caring for their property the owner should have discovered the wet floor before the accident occurred
- The area regularly becomes wet when it rains, so that it was foreseeable that it would happen again, i.e., the time when the accident occurred
The existing Florida law makes it important to investigate the accident as soon as possible. It is often critical to take pictures of the scene and obtain witness statements before the conditions change. Weather reports also prove invaluable in these types of cases.
As experienced slip and fall attorneys practicing law in Fort Lauderdale, the team at the Law Offices of Cohn & Smith, P.A. advises that you seek legal counsel as early as possible so that we can investigate the accident and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.