Tampa Premises Liability and Slip and Fall Attorney
Property owners and tenants have a responsibility to protect visitors on their premises by maintaining safe conditions and eliminating foreseeable dangers. They must also provide adequate warning of any dangerous conditions like a broken sidewalk or wet floor.
When they fail to do this and it causes a visitor to have an accident, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries and injury-related expenses. This is called premises liability but is more commonly referred to as “slip and fall.” If you have been injured on another’s property due to the property owner’s negligence, contact an experienced Tampa premises liability lawyer at the Capaz Law Firm. We will thoroughly investigate your case, determine who’s responsible for your injury and get you the compensation you need to recover.
Common Factors in Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen in many places including private and public areas such as parking lots, sidewalks, elevators, stair wells, theme parks, grocery stores, malls, restaurants and private homes.
Common conditions that cause slip and fall accidents include:
- Sidewalks that are broken, cracked or crumbling
- Steps that are loose or broken
- Foreign objects that present a tripping hazard on walkways
- Carpeting that is ripped or raised
- Pavement, curbs, sidewalks or floors that are uneven
- Wet or slippery floors that are unmarked
- Surfaces that are wet, icy, snowy, or covered in algae
- Walkways and staircases with poor lighting
- Porches or stairs with broken handrails
- Balconies or terraces that are unsafe
- Falling objects
- Other dangerous conditions that are inadequately marked
Common slip and fall accident injuries include:
- Bruises, cuts and abrasions
- Broken or fractured bones
- Hand fractures and wrist sprains
- Neck sprains and whiplash
- Mid and low back sprains
- Soft tissue damage
- Injuries that require surgery
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you slip and fall in a public or private place, it is important to gather necessary evidence for your slip and fall case. Treat the accident similar to the way you would treat an auto accident: seek medical attention, take pictures of the scene (even if you only have your cell phone camera), obtain contact information from witnesses, ask a store manager to complete an incident report and give you a copy, and contact a lawyer.
Gathering evidence early can improve your chances for a successful claim as your lawyer will need evidence to prove that one of these three things occurred:
- The property owner or tenant created the unsafe condition that caused your accident
- The property owner or tenant knew about the unsafe condition and did not fix it
- The unsafe condition was not easily seen
To file your claim, your attorney will also need to determine who may be held responsible for the accident, what caused the accident, and why you were on the premises—whether you were an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. Your reason for being on the property affects the property owner’s duty of care to you. Invitees, for example, are owed the highest level of care while trespassers are owed less.
If your lawyer determines that the property owner is responsible for your injuries, you have a right to hold them accountable. You can seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If your injury happens to cause a permanent disability, you may also be entitled to additional benefits. Discuss your specific case with your attorney to determine what you may be owed.
Contact a Tampa Premises Liability Attorney
If you or someone you know was injured while on another’s property and believe the property owner was negligent in ensuring your safety, contact the Capaz Law Firm. We are dedicated to helping slip and fall victims and will fight to get you the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Call (813) 440-2700 for your free consultation.
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