Falls and Tripping Hazards at Stores and in Public

An Advocate For Your Slip-And-Fall

Slip-and-fall accidents in public places seem to be a common occurrence. Unfortunately, if this happens to you, you do not want to be treated like a common complainer. You want someone on your side who understands the seriousness of your injuries and will be your advocate.

Throughout Fort Myers, Florida, and the surrounding areas, people seek out Bernardo Injury Law, when they need experienced premises liability representation for pursuing a claim after suffering an injury on public property. Not only do we stay up to date on statutes, groundbreaking personal injury cases, and advanced technologies in medicine and investigation techniques, we know the community and the local courts as well.

Call our local Fort Myers law firm at 239-332-3000 or toll free at 888-428-8943, or contact us online for help obtaining the compensation you need after an injury. We offer free consultations and we work on a contingency basis, which means we do not charge attorney fees unless we recover a settlement or jury verdict on your behalf.

Public property slip-, trip-and-fall accidents usually result from the following types of situations:

  • Spills that are not properly cleaned up
  • Leaks from products that are not attended to in a timely manner
  • Failure to provide warning signs for construction areas, spills or other hazardous conditions
  • Using the wrong cleaning products or using incorrect amounts
  • Items displayed, stored or stacked improperly that fall or cause a tripping hazard
  • Other dangerous conditions that owners or management should have been aware of and took no action to rectify
  • Failure to use appropriate materials for flooring or maintain the floor properly causing cracks, warping or a slippery condition making it susceptible to falls

One other dangerous condition that causes a lot of slips, trips and falls is the presence of mats that are worn, bent, have corners flipped up or are in other states of disrepair. Often, mats are items that are supposed to help prevent accidents by helping absorb water from rain outside and other debris that people bring in on their shoes, but if they are not maintained well they can cause the types of accidents that public property owners are trying to prevent. In other situations, public property owners use the wrong types of mats and put them in places and to use for purposes that they were not intended for.

In many of these situations, the common theme is that the level of care that should have been exercised is not what it should have been and as a result injury occurred. Attorney Joe Bernardo has the skill and experience to help you pinpoint how the negligence occurred and the value of your claim. He will work with you to help file the appropriate claims, prove liability and negotiate on your behalf.

Joseph J. Bernardo

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  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Brain Injury Association of Florida


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