A Florida condominium association’s negligence may cause someone to trip or misstep, fall and get hurt. If so, the victim may be able to get compensation.
This article is specific to Florida condominium slip and fall claims. I wrote separate articles on:
- Slip and fall claims against Florida condominiums and apartments
- General injury claims at Florida condominiums and apartment buildings.
When I use the word “condominium association”, I am also referring to “apartment building” and vice versa unless I say otherwise.
Settlement for Lady Who Fractured Hip from Trip and Fall on Dangerous Curb at Miami Beach Apartment Building
Read about this confidential settlement for a Miami Beach resident who tripped and fell at an apartment complex and fractured her hip, with rods inserted.
$78,000 Settlement: Fractured Nose from Fall at Sunny Isles Condo
Actual case (Mine): $78,000 Settlement for a woman who suffered a nose fracture and later had surgery.
All of my settlements on this page are before deduction for attorney’s fees and expenses. However, I did not take a fee on the $5,000 that we recovered from the condo association’s medical payments (“Medpay”) coverage.
Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.
Below is a photo of a nose fracture.
She misstepped and fell while exiting through a door at a condominium complex. The door had a big drop-off and no warning sign.
An exit door at a Florida condominium should have a warning sign if there is a step down.
The accident happened in Sunny Isles, Miami-Dade County, Florida. It happened at Oceanview Building Condominium building.
Scottsdale Insurance Company was the liability insurer.
Scottsdale paid the settlement. Scottsdale has a reputation for being an excellent liability insurer.
$64,900 Settlement – Step into Hole in Grass Leads to Ankle Tendon Surgery
My Actual Case: $64,900 Settlement for a man who tripped and fell in a hole covered with grass overgrowth. It happened at an office complex in Doral, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
He had surgery to repair a tendon in his ankle. Someone covered the hole with sand/dirt after the fall.
The hole is next to the sidewalk in the picture below.
Trip and Fall on Buckled Carpet at Florida Condo Claims
Learn why a Florida court may let a condo unit owner’s claim go to trial if he or she trips on buckled carpet in a hallway of a Florida condominium and gets hurt. Buckled also means “rumpled” or “humped”.
Accidents in a Florida Condominium Gym
There are many different hazards that can cause you to trip, fall and get hurt in a condominium gym in Florida.
Trip on a power cord in the gym.
Many Florida condominiums have a gym. The condo residents and guests may use it.
Some gyms have treadmills. They need to be plugged into the wall.
The condominium association and property management have a duty to make sure that the gym is safe. This includes making the gym free from any trip hazards. The cord in the above picture is not secure.
A resident may trip on the cord. He or she may get hurt from the fall. If so, the resident may have a case. The same is true if a guest was hurt.
Below is a picture of a power cord that is better secured in a condominium gym.
The color of the covering strip is white. It is in contrast with the black mat. This would make a difficult trip and fall case.
The above picture was taken at a Pinecrest, Miami-Dade County, Florida condominium gym. The power cord going to the elliptical machine is not secure. It should be secure.
The loose cord is a trip hazard. A guest or tenant may trip over this cord and get hurt. If so, they may have a case.
The condominium’s insurance company will argue that the cord was open and obvious. The adjuster would discount the full case value accordingly.
Trip and fall in an Elevator with an Uneven Floor
The above picture was taken at a Pinecrest, Miami-Dade County, Florida condominium. It is a picture of the elevator flooring.
The floor tile was removed. New tile was going to be installed. The arrow in the picture points to two different pieces of plywood.
There is a change in height between the two pieces of plywood. The change in elevation may be a trip hazard if the change in height is 1/4 inch or greater.
There is no warning that there is a change in height. There should be a warning if the height change is 1/4 inch or greater.
The insurance company may argue that the victim should have seen the change in height. The victim can argue that the two pieces of plywood were similar in color.
The injured person can say they did not notice the change in height.
Trip over uneven flooring in condominium walkway
Uneven flooring at Florida condominium building may cause a trip and fall. The above picture was taken at a Pinecrest, Miami-Dade County, Florida condominium building.
It shows a walkway. This change of elevation may be one-quarter of an inch or greater. If so, the injured person may have a case.
The case would be against the condo association and property management company.
The insurance adjuster would argue that the change in height is noticeable. The claims adjuster would say there is a big color contrast.
The insurance adjuster would reduce the claim value accordingly for the victim’s failure to pay better attention.
The floor that is lower in height is gray. The higher floor is red. If the floor were all the same color, the victim’s case is stronger.
If the pieces of different flooring for similar colors, this would make the case easier for the victim.
Trip and fall in a hole in the grass.
Find out more about a claim for tripping in a hole in the grass at a Florida condominium complex.
Tripping over a loose (unsecured) paver.
Tripped on a loose paver and fell. You need to show that the apartment complex or landlord knew or should have known that the paver was loose before you fell. Your testimony may be enough to prove your case.
It may also help if you can get a witness to sign an affidavit (sworn statement) if they observed the loose paver before you fell.
Stepping into a hole in the parking garage
A parking garage at a condominium may have an uncovered hole. The hole could also be in an outside parking lot as well.
The condo may be negligent for allowing the uncovered hole to exist. A guest or resident may step into the hole and get hurt. If so, the injured victim may have a case against the condo association and property management company.
The victim should take pictures of the uncovered hole. The injured person should take a close of photo.
If someone was injured and made a claim, the condo association’s insurer may place some blame on the victim. This is particularly true if the color of the hole contrasts with the surrounding flooring.
In the pictures above, the uncovered hole contrasts with the surrounding flooring. The adjuster will place blame on the victim for not being more observant while walking.
However, a guest may be getting out of the car (in the picture above). He or she may step into the hole on the first step while exiting the vehicle.
If so, there may be little to no fault assigned to him or her.
Tip: In Florida, if the victim is injured while exiting the vehicle, he or she should also make a PIP claim.
The injured person should also take photos from further away that capture the “big picture.” The photo below is taken facing west.
The injured person should take a picture facing east from far away.
The victim should also take a picture facing south. Within reason, the more pictures the better.
Did a condominium or apartment building’s carelessness cause you to trip, and fall, and hurt yourself? Were you hurt in another type of accident or somewhere else?
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