Dangerous Ramp Falls
Ramps are meant to help people who have difficulty walking enter or exit a building. Improperly constructed ramps can be hazardous, however, and many people are injured in trip and fall accidents caused by ramps. Property owners have a duty to ensure that their property is safe, and anyone injured on someone else's property can pursue claims against the property owner. If you were injured in a dangerous ramp fall, you should meet with a knowledgeable attorney to discuss the damages that you may be owed. At The Grife Law Firm, our Boca Raton premises liability lawyers are adept at helping injured people hold negligent property owners accountable, and we will work diligently to help you seek the best result available under the facts surrounding your case. We represent people in cities throughout South Florida.Florida Laws Pertaining to Ramps
Florida’s Accessibility Code for Building Construction incorporates the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) into Florida law. The Code sets forth, in part, the standards that apply to the construction and alteration of places of public accommodation, including ramps. Specifically, the Code provides that ramps must be built to certain specifications to accommodate people with disabilities. All ramp surfaces must be firm, stable, and slip-resistant, and there must be a landing at the top and bottom of each ramp. Additionally, ramps on the interior or exterior of a building are not permitted to have a slope that is steeper than 1:12, which means that for each inch of height, the ramp must be at least 12 inches long. There are exceptions, however, if a 1:12 slope is not possible due to space limitations in an existing building or a building that is being constructed, but slopes that are steeper than 1:8 are strictly prohibited. Certain buildings are exempt from the Code requirements.Pursuing Claims Following a Dangerous Ramp Fall
The Code was adopted to make public areas safe for people with disabilities. Therefore, if a ramp does not comply with the Code, it may present a dangerous condition for people with difficulty walking. Additionally, even if a person is in good health, a ramp that is unreasonably steep, unstable, slippery, or in a state of disrepair can cause the person to fall. If you were injured in a dangerous ramp fall at a public building, you might be able to pursue a premises liability claim against the person or entity that owns the building.
Under Florida law, a property owner owes a duty to people who lawfully enter their property to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition. A property owner also has a duty to alert a visitor to any hidden dangers of which the property owner is aware or should be aware, and that the visitor would not discover. For a property owner to be liable to a visitor for injuries caused by an unsafe ramp, the victim’s attorney will need to establish that the property owner acted negligently by failing to use reasonable care in the maintenance, repair, or construction of the ramp. In many cases, this requires showing that the property owner had constructive or actual knowledge that the ramp was dangerous. Lastly, the plaintiff’s lawyer must show that the property owner had the ability to mitigate the risk of harm.Contact a Skilled Premises Liability Lawyer in Boca Raton
Dangerous ramp falls can cause significant injuries and considerable costs. If you suffered an injury due to a fall caused by a dangerous ramp, you should speak with an attorney regarding the claims that you can pursue to recover compensation for your damages. The capable premises liability attorneys at The Grife Law Firm can offer you knowledgeable and aggressive representation to assist you in protecting your rights. We have an office in Boca Raton, from which we represent victims in the areas around Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach. You can contact us at 855-998-0770 or via our form online to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss how we can assist you with your legal needs.