Slip and Fall
Whether you fell on some slippery steps at an acquaintance’s house and hurt your neck, or you got an infection after stepping on a splintering patio at a Tampa beach restaurant, you crave quality information about Tampa premises liability law. This article can introduce you to some key concepts and answer burning questions you may have.
Basics of Premises Liability Law
Property owners have legal obligations to protect visitors from undue harm. Their duty of care depends on the nature of the visitor. (A shop owner owes a higher degree of care to a paying customer (or browser) then she does to someone who breaks onto the property or trespasses, e.g.)
The owner must keep the property clear of hazardous objects or substances (such as chemicals or allergens) that could cause injury. An owner’s negligence or carelessness (even if unintentional) can be the basis for a personal injury suit.
Steps to Take Immediately after Being Hurt on the Premises
First, get medical help for any urgent injuries.
Second, report your accident to the proprietor or store manager.
Third, try to figure out what hurt you and why. For instance, if you slipped and fell on a kitchen floor, find out where the puddle of water came from – for instance, did it come from a leaking pipe or a bucket of wash water?
Fourth, document as much evidence as possible – including conversations with witnesses or representatives from the property. Use a cell phone or other camera to take pictures of the injury and where you slipped. This evidence can be essential if you decide to take the matter to court. Record statements to the effect of “wow, that leak sure made a big puddle on the floor” or “someone really should have mopped that up.”
Fifth, get contact info from witnesses and store employees, including phone numbers and names.
Mobilizing Resources to Make a Tampa Premises Liability Claim
The duty of care a proprietor or owner owes depends on your classification as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. To win a Tampa premises liability case, you must show that the owner’s negligence or carelessness either directly or indirectly led to significant injuries to you. Piecing together the evidence can be a complicated task, even for experienced attorneys. To that end, trust your case to lawyers who have proven results with similar kinds of matters. The attorneys here at Farah & Farah can speak with you right away about your options. Even if they can’t take your case, they can suggest an appropriate and effective course of action. Connect then today through farahandfarah.com, or phone the team toll free at 855-797-9899.