Tampa Slip-and-Fall Lawyer
When you’ve fallen on someone else’s property and their negligence is responsible for your injuries, you can hold them accountable by seeking compensation for your suffering with the help of a slip-and-fall attorney in Tampa.
The damage a slip-and-fall can cause is often far greater than most people realize. Broken bones, traumatic brain damage, back injuries and spinal damage, and other serious injuries are not uncommon in slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. If you have been injured on public or private property, you have the right to seek repayment for the impact your injuries have had on your life. A Tampa slip-and-fall lawyer can help you seek maximum compensation.
At Anderson & Anderson, we have the experience you need to be successful with your injury claim. We will investigate the accident and prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the property owner or other party is to blame for the injuries you have endured in your slip-and-fall.
Fault in Premises Liability Accidents
Slip-and-falls are a type of premises liability case. In these types of accidents, the owner of the property is generally found to be at fault for the injuries people sustain due to a hazard on the property in question. There are several reasons why a property might be considered dangerous at any given point. Some of the most common hazards include:
- Broken or cluttered walkways
- Wet floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Unsafe staircases
The property owner will almost always be to blame for these types of slip-and-falls because they have an obligation to ensure that their property is safe at all times for the public or those they have over. However, some exclusions do apply, which we review in further detail below.
Florida’s Open and Obvious Doctrine
The state’s open and obvious doctrine is a law that the defense may attempt to utilize. Essentially, if the defense can prove that you were injured due to a danger that was obvious and out in the open, then they may be able to avoid being found culpable.
A good example could be if you slipped and fell due to a spilled beverage in a restaurant. If the restaurant had displayed a wet floor sign near the spill, then they will likely not be ordered to repay you for your losses.
Additionally, the premises liability laws only apply to individuals who are invited guests on a certain property. If you fell in a restaurant, a shopping center, or other place of business as a consumer, then this won’t be of concern to you. Likewise, if you were invited to someone’s home and injured, this would not apply.
However, if you were trespassing on someone else’s property or committing a crime and were injured, the property owner cannot be compelled to cover your expenses, as they never had any intention of having you on their property, nor should you have been there in the first place.
Be Awarded the Compensation You Deserve
In order to figure out how much you can expect to be awarded when you pursue your civil lawsuit, your attorney will need to know about the various ways your life has been negatively impacted by your injuries. The different types of damages you may be entitled to recover include both economic and non-economic damages. Your economic, or monetary losses, could consist of:
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Medical equipment
- Physical therapy
- Damage to your earning capacity
- Property damages, if applicable
Non-economic damages consist of the other ways your life has been influenced by your slip-and-fall injuries. Though not monetary, they are oftentimes more difficult and influential than financial losses, and will be taken into consideration according. These damages might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of household services
- Loss of consortium
- Other healthcare costs and out-of-pocket fees
Your attorney will be responsible for calculating the value of your Tampa premises liability claim based on these damages and the varying degrees of their impact on your life. Additional questions regarding how much your claim is worth can be discussed in greater detail with your lawyer.
Contact a Slip-and-Fall Attorney in Tampa
A negligent property owner should always be responsible for repaying you when you suffer significant injuries caused by a hazard on their property. For help securing maximum recovery of your losses, consult with a qualified Tampa slip-and-fall lawyer at Anderson & Anderson.
We are proud to provide trip-and-fall victims across Tampa and its surrounding cities with a free claim review where we can learn more about the elements of your accident. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, you can schedule yours by filling out the quick contact form we have included at the bottom of this page or by giving our firm a call at 813-251-0072.