Tampa Slip & Fall Attorneys
Slip and fall injuries happen all too often in parking lot potholes left unrepaired, on uneven or broken walkways and on unsafe staircases which have not been regularly maintained by business owners. These and other dangerous conditions often result in serious injuries, requiring millions of people to visit the emergency room each year. Under Florida law, property owners must maintain their land in a reasonable safe condition and to warn people of dangerous conditions. Thus, if you have suffered a trip or slip and fall injury, you may be entitled to money damages for the harm done.
For over two decades, the Fernandez Firm has been helping those injured in falls. Our Tampa slip & fall attorneys handle these cases daily and have won more than $90 million in settlements and jury verdicts. If you have been injured in a slip/trip and fall, it is important you consult with an attorney with jury trial experience in this specialized field, as it may dramatically improve the value of your case and ultimate recovery. To learn if you have case, contact our office today or complete a free case review.
Our Slip & Fall Attorneys Can Help
Slip and fall cases can be very difficult to win under Florida law. If the attorney you hire has no jury trial experience in this field or is unfamiliar with the applicable laws, your chances of success will be greatly diminished. Worse, if you lose your case, the property owner may be entitled to recover their attorney’s fees and costs directly from you. When you or a loved one has been injured in a fall, you need experienced legal counsel who can quickly investigate your case, provide you with a detailed evaluation of your chances of success and advise you whether you should proceed to file a lawsuit.
6 Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip/trip and falls are the leading cause of accidental personal injury in the United States. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, 55% of all ground level fall accidents are caused by unsafe walking surfaces which include the following:
- Potholes in parking lots
- Broken or upturned concrete walkways
- Unsafely constructed stairways
- Upturned carpet
- Defective sidewalks
- Wet or waxed floors
Many slip/trip and fall injuries are caused by the negligence of a property owner who failed to safely maintain their premises. Serious injuries may result, leading to significant medical bills, unexpected wage loss and long-term disabilities. Our experienced team of lawyers and staff will investigate your case, get you the medical attention you require, and work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve for your loss and damages.
Florida Slip and Fall Law
In Florida, property owners and businesses — such as shopping centers, stores, restaurants, retail establishments and apartments — must maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition to help keep the public safe. Property owners must also repair dangerous conditions and warn people of dangers on their property which people may overlook.
If you fall in a pothole or on broken concrete, slip on a liquid or slip on something on the floor (a transitory foreign substance, like food, grease, mildew, etc.), in order to bring a lawsuit, you must prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition and should have warned you or taken action to correct it. The owner may have actual knowledge or “constructive knowledge,” which may be established by proving:
- The dangerous condition did not develop overnight and existed for long enough that the property owner reasonably should have known about it (such a broken or upturned walkway, a pothole or dilapidated stairway), or,
- The condition happens so frequently it was easily foreseeable by a property owner.
At the Fernandez Firm, our attorneys have litigated Florida slip/trip and fall cases for decades. If a property owner has failed to maintain their property or did not make necessary repairs to their property and you were injured, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Tampa Slip and Fall Injury – Call today!
If you have questions about injuries you have suffered in a slip and fall accident and your right to compensation, contact an attorney at our Tampa office today at 1-800-222-8163. Our team is here to provide you with immediate legal assistance and your legal consultation is free.
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