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According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of emergency room visits, accounting for over 8 million visits per year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 20-30% of older adults who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as broken bones or head injuries.
Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, and they can result in serious injuries, requiring extensive medical treatment and leading to steep medical bills and lost wages and earnings. The problem is that many slip and fall accident victims are not aware of their legal rights and options for seeking compensation. They may not know how to prove negligence on the part of the property owner or occupier, or they may be intimidated by the legal process. That’s where Apex Law Firm’s experienced Tampa slip-and-fall lawyers can help.
Why Choose Apex Law Firm’s Tampa Slip and Fall Attorneys
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you need an experienced personal injury law firm on your side. Our team of slip-and-fall accident lawyers has the knowledge, experience, and resources to fully investigate your case, identify all liable parties, and negotiate for maximum compensation on your behalf.
We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a slip-and-fall accident can take on a victim and their family. That is why we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the fair compensation you and your family need and deserve.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Surface conditions account for most slip-and-fall accidents.:
Wet or icy floors
A transitory foreign substance, such as spillages of food or liquids
Loose or bulging carpeting
Uneven flooring or sidewalks
Potholes or cracks
Other factors can contribute to a slip and fall accident, including:
What are your rights after a slip and fall accident?
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries and related expenses through a premises liability claim.
Your rights will depend on the specific circumstances of your accident, including the location of the accident and the cause of the fall. In general, you may be able to seek compensation from the property owner or occupier if they were negligent in maintaining the property or in warning about dangerous property conditions.
You can also file a personal injury claim with your insurance company if you have coverage for personal injuries. Speaking to a personal injury attorney who can help you understand your rights and options for pursuing compensation is advisable.
As a victim of a slip-and-fall accident, you have certain rights that you should be aware of to protect yourself and your legal interests. Our slip & fall lawyers will stand up for your rights.
The right to seek medical attention
As an injured person, you have the right to receive medical treatment for any injuries you sustained due to an accident on someone else’s property. This may include emergency medical care, diagnostic testing, and follow-up care. Documenting your injuries and keeping all medical records related to the accident is essential.
The right to file a compensation claim
You have the right to seek compensation from the negligent property owner for any damages you have incurred due to the accident. Damages in premises liability cases may include medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
The right to be protected from retaliation or discrimination
You have the right to be protected from retaliation or discrimination for pursuing your legal rights. This means that the property owners or other responsible parties cannot take any legal action against you for filing a slip and fall claim or seeking compensation.
What should you do after a slip-and-fall accident at a store or business?
If you suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall accident at a store or place of business, there are several steps you should take to preserve evidence of the accident, which can greatly improve your chances of recovering compensation. Here are a few steps you should consider taking:
Seek medical attention
Even if you don’t think you are seriously injured, you must see a doctor immediately after the accident. Some fall injuries, such as head injuries, neck injuries, or internal injuries, may not be immediately apparent.
Report the accident
Inform the store or business management about the accident and ask them to fill out an incident report or accident report. If possible, get a copy of the report for your records.
If you are able, take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any hazards or dangerous conditions that caused your fall, such as a wet floor or broken pavement.
Get witness information
If anyone saw the accident, get their name and contact information.
Keep all your documentation
Keep receipts, invoices, or other documents related to the accident, including medical bills and communications with your employer about missed days of work due to your accident-related injuries.
Consult with an attorney
Have a free consultation with a personal injury attorney from Apex Law Firm so you can understand your rights and options for pursuing compensation.
Is there a deadline for filing a slip and fall accident claim?
It’s important to note that Florida has time limitations in which you have to file a lawsuit, which is two years from the date of your injury. It is advisable to speak to an attorney to understand the time limitation in your state better and if you have a valid case.
Acting quickly is essential, as Florida law sets strict time limits for filing a claim.
How do you find a qualified slip-and-fall attorney near you?
There are several ways to find a qualified slip-and-fall attorney near you
Ask for referrals
Ask friends, family members, or other professionals you trust for recommendations.
Use online directories or legal referral services to find attorneys in your area who specialize in slip and fall accidents.
Check with legal organizations
Look for legal organizations in your area that focus on personal injury law, such as the American Association for Justice or the American Bar Association. They may be able to provide you with a list of qualified attorneys.
Contact your state bar association
Most state bar associations provide referral services that connect you with qualified attorneys.
When looking for a qualified attorney, it’s essential to research their qualifications, experience, and track record. You can review their website and reviews or ask them about their track record. It’s also important to feel comfortable and trust the attorney, so you can have good communication and work together.
The Tampa slip-and-fall lawyers at Apex Law Firm offer free consultations, during which you can ask questions and get a sense of how we will serve you.
What should you look for in a slip-and-fall attorney?
When looking for a slip-and-fall attorney, there are several things you should consider:
Look for an attorney with significant experience handling slip and fall cases, as they will better understand the laws and regulations that apply to your case.
Look for an attorney with a track record of success in slip-and-fall cases, including cases that have gone to trial.
Knowledge of the law
An attorney who is knowledgeable about the laws and regulations that apply to slip and fall cases is more likely to be up-to-date with the latest developments in this area of law.
Find an attorney who is easy to talk to, open to answering your questions and concerns, and keeps you informed throughout the process.
Look for an attorney who is responsive and available to take your calls and answer your questions.
A slip-and-fall attorney with the resources and experience to properly investigate your case, including access to expert witnesses, accident reconstructionists, and private investigators, is better equipped to build a stronger case on your behalf.
Attorneys should be transparent about their fees and billing practices and willing to work on a contingency fee basis, which means they only get paid if they obtain a fair settlement in your slip-and-fall case.
Ultimately, it would be best to choose an attorney you trust and feel comfortable working with, as you will work closely together throughout the legal process. When you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer from Apex Law Firm, you can rest assured that we will handle your case respectfully and professionally.
How much is my slip and fall accident case worth?
To be compensated for your injuries from a slip and fall accident, the availability of compensation will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. In general, you may be able to seek compensation from the property owner or occupier if they were negligent in maintaining the property or failed to warn that a dangerous condition existed.
Damages you can seek are referred to as either economic or non-economic.
Economic damages are actual financial losses a victim suffers as a result of their accident-related injuries. Examples include:
Medical expenses, including any treatments, hospitalization, medication, and rehabilitation
Future medical expenses, including home healthcare or supportive services
Lost income and benefits
Loss of future earnings
Modifications to your home or vehicle due to a permanent disability
Mobility equipment or prosthetics
Funeral and burial expenses, if the accident resulted in a loved one’s death
Non-economic damages are losses with no real dollar value and, thus, are more challenging to put a price on. Some examples include:
Physical pain and suffering
Disfigurement or scarring
Loss of enjoyment of life
Loss of companionship
How do I prove a Tampa property owner’s negligence?
To qualify for damages in a slip and fall case, injured victims must establish that the other party’s negligence contributed to the accident in which they were injured. To establish negligence, our personal injury lawyers will need to establish the following four elements:
Duty of Care
The other party owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. For example, Florida property owners have a legal duty to ensure their property is free of hazards that may put others at risk.
Breach of Duty
The other party breached their duty of care. In other words, a property owner is aware of a loose board on their stairway but doesn’t repair it nor place signs around it to warn patrons of the dangerous condition.
The other party’s breach of duty caused the accident or incident that harmed you. For example, by not repairing the loose board or putting up warning signs, you stepped on the loose board and tumbled down the stairs, breaking your leg.
The injuries suffered due to the accident resulted in damages, such as medical bills, lost days from work, and pain and suffering
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for a Tampa slip and fall claim?
The cost of hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer for a slip-and-fall case can vary depending on several factors, such as the attorney’s experience, location, the complexity of the case, and the specific facts of your case.
The slip-and-fall attorneys at the Apex Law Firm charge for their services on a contingency fee basis. This means our attorney won’t get paid until they recover compensation on your behalf. This can be an attractive option as it means that you don’t have to pay any upfront fees and only pay if you win the case.
It’s also important to keep in mind that the cost of hiring an attorney should not be the only factor in your decision-making process. Instead, you should also consider the lawyer’s qualifications, experience, and track record. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience fighting for justice on behalf of injured victims and securing relief on their behalf.
What information should you give a slip and fall attorney during the initial consultation?
When you meet with our slip-and-fall attorney in a free consultation, you should provide as much information as possible about your case. Here are some critical pieces of information you should provide:
Date and location of the accident
Provide the attorney with the date and location of your accident, including the address of the property where the accident occurred.
Description of the accident
Explain how the accident occurred, including any dangerous conditions that may have led to your fall, such as a wet floor, broken pavement, or any other hazards.
Describe your injuries and any medical treatment you received. It’s essential to provide the attorney with copies of any medical reports or bills related to your treatment.
Provide the attorney with the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
Provide the attorney with your evidence, such as pictures of the scene, incident reports, and other relevant documents.
Provide the attorney with information about your coverage, such as health insurance, disability insurance, or personal injury protection coverage.
Provide the attorney information about any losses you have incurred due to the accident, such as lost wages, medical expenses, or other out-of-pocket expenses.
It is crucial to be honest and accurate in providing this information. Providing the attorney with a clear understanding of the facts in your case will help them determine if you have a viable case and what steps to take next in the claims process.
Contact An Apex Law Firm’s Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a slip & fall accident, our Tampa slip and fall lawyer can help. At Apex Law Firm, we understand the complexities and nuances of these accident cases, and we are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients and the full compensation they deserve. Our team of slip-and-fall accident lawyers has the knowledge, experience, and resources to fully investigate your case, determine all your damages, and negotiate for the best possible outcome.
We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that a slip-and-fall accident can take on accident victims and their families. That is why we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation in your case.
Contact us online or at (813) 515-9702 to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with one of our experienced slip-and-fall accident lawyers. We will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?
We understand the financial strain that a personal injury can cause. That's why we offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis. We don't charge any upfront fees, and we only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for you. We base our fees on a percentage of the settlement or verdict obtained, so you don't have to worry about paying out of pocket. We will discuss all details of our fees when we meet with you and before you sign a contract so you’ll know what to expect.
How long will it take to resolve my personal injury case?
The timeline for resolving a personal injury case can vary depending on the case's complexity and the opposing party's willingness to negotiate a fair settlement. We strive to resolve cases as efficiently as possible while protecting your rights. During your initial consultation, we can provide you with a better understanding of the potential timeline for your specific case.
What if the insurance company offers me a settlement?
Insurance companies often try to settle claims quickly and for as little as possible. Their primary goal is to protect their own interests and minimize their financial liability. Before accepting any settlement offer, consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess the offer's fairness and advise you on the best course of action.
Will I have to go to court?
While most personal injury cases resolve through settlements, your case may go to court if we cannot reach a fair settlement. Rest assured that our skilled litigators are prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. We will provide strong courtroom representation to fight for your rights and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.
How can I get started with your firm?
Getting started is simple. Contact us today for your free consultation. During this meeting, we will discuss your case, assess its strength, and explain the legal process. If you decide to move forward, we will handle all the necessary paperwork and guide you every step of the way, providing the skilled and compassionate legal representation you need.