Slip and Fall Injuries
A slip and fall accident is one of the most common personal injury claims made against negligent businesses or property owners. It’s very unlikely that you merely tripped or fell because of your own clumsiness or lack of attention; a slippy floor, an obstruction or poor lighting could all be simple causes that weren’t your fault.
A property or business owner has an obligation to make sure that walking around their property is safe. If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall, then they are most likely liable.
You may well have a case to claim back against the medical bills you’ve paid and the damages you’ve faced. A Slip and Fall Lawyer can use their expert knowledge to recover the financial costs you’ve paid and also earn compensation for the personal damages you’ve suffered.
Our lawyers will work to ensure that you obtain the maximum amount of compensation available for your injury.
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St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas are both partners at Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A and are repeatedly recognized for their excellence and dedication by Tampa clients.
For over 60 years Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. have been providing exceptional legal assistance to the Tampa Bay area, covering all manner of personal injury cases including slip and falls, with renowned success.
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McQuaid & Douglas are committed to helping all our clients achieve the best possible outcome. If you’ve suffered a trip of a slip or fall, use our free consultation service today to get started on receiving the money you’re owed.
How can my slip or fall be proven as someone else’s fault?
It’s easy to think that a slip and fall was your fault. It’s such a simple accident, that many turn their noses up at it. All evidence is essential but by simply identifying a property owner’s negligence, a case can be made.
If there was “dangerous conditions” that the property owner should have known or warned you about; or conditions that a “reasonable property owner” could have found or fixed, then you have a strong case for a claim.
A dangerous condition is when a not obvious hazard is present without clear warning. Typical examples of this are:
- Snow and ice that should have been cleared
- Wet and slippery floors
- A badly damaged floor or path, such as a pavement
- Debris and obstacles
- Broken stairs or handrails
- Dangerously poor lighting
Reasonable Property Owners
A property owner is not expected to make their property flawlessly safe. However, they must be a “Reasonable Property Owner”. This means they must fix or warn visitors of any dangers. If an owner was unaware of a danger, then the question becomes whether they should have known. An example of this would be a wet floor in a grocery store that should have been spotted, through frequent checks of aisles.
A Reasonable Property Owner has plans in place to avoid accidents and takes steps to prevent anyone from getting injured. The moment they fail to do this, they then become negligent and liable for any accidents that occur.
A Slip and Fall Personal Injury Attorney will check and search for evidence to prove that a property owner was negligent and should have worked to prevent the slip or fall.
The first key questions an attorney will ask are:
- Did the property owner cause the dangerous condition?
- Did they know of this dangerous condition and fail to correct or warn about it?
- If the owner were unaware of the dangers, should they have known?
- If they were unaware, did they have time to carry out checks?
How serious can slip or fall injuries become?
Older victims, in particular, can face life-changing injuries due to a simple danger that should have been fixed. Slip and falls may seem like the most simple of accidents, but there is often no time to react. In 2015, 33,000 people died from trips, slips and falls according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Is my Landlord responsible for a trip or fall?
Just because you are living on a landlord property, doesn’t mean they are exempt from a fault in an accident. The same conditions apply to a business owner as they do to a landlord.
If your Slip and Fall Lawyer can prove negligence by the landlord, then a case is applicable.
It can become complicated if the tenant has been living in the building for some time, but a landlord should always have warned their tenants about any potential dangers when they moved in.
Why hire a Slip and Fall Attorney?
If you’ve suffered a slip and fall, then dealing with legal matters is a stress and burden you never asked for. Trying to tackle large insurance companies, business owners and lawyers is a task too big to handle, let alone while also learning the laws.
That’s where a Personal Injury lawyer helps. They will not only remove the work on your behalf but also give you an extremely good shot at recovering the damages that you deserve. A trusted and experienced attorney can:
- Remove the stresses and communication between you and the insurance companies
- Thoroughly analyze the accident and prepare the necessary evidence, such as video footage, medical records and accident reports
- Be able to maneuver and understand the complexities of a slip and fall case
- Identify the damages you have suffered. This includes missed wages, medical costs, pains and mental anguish, damage to plans and more.
- Examine building codes and laws to determine whether they were broken.
- Be your advocate and trusted ally throughout the process
If you or a loved one have suffered a trip, slip or fall then seeking the help of a Personal Injury Lawyer is the way to go on a successful route to receiving the compensation you deserve.
McQuaid and Douglas are known for the excellence and dedication to serving Tampa residents who have suffered slips, falls and other injuries where the fault was due to a negligent owner. We’re happy to get started today in helping you to recover.
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