Slip and fall accidents often take victims by surprise. One moment, you think you can safely walk across the surface in front of you. The next, you may find yourself slipping, sliding, or falling, completely out of control. Then, you hit the ground. Frequently, that brings with it serious injuries.
When someone else’s negligence leads to a slip and fall accident that causes injuries, you may deserve compensation. A Tampa slip and fall lawyer can help you pursue that vital compensation. Contact the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Perenich Law Injury Attorneys today to learn more about your right to compensation.
How Perenich Law Injury Attorneys Can Help Tampa Slip and Fall Accident Victims
Every slip and fall accident claim looks a little different depending on the extent of your fall injuries, who caused them, and the insurance policy that covers them. At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, however, we have extensive experience managing premises liability claims, including slip and fall accident claims. We bring that considerable experience to the table as we help slip and fall accident victims in Tampa pursue the compensation they deserve for those injuries. For example, in one notable premises liability claim, we helped our client recover $77,500.
At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, we stand up for the defenseless and people injured due to the negligent actions of others. That responsibility and commitment run deep. We remain determined to advocate for slip and fall accident victims, offering a high standard of service in several key ways.
We make sure Tampa slip and fall accident victims fully understand their right to compensation following an accident.
Many insurance companies do not have the best interests of the victim at heart as they create settlement offers following a claim. Unfortunately, many victims do not realize the true extent of their rights or may not have the tools at hand to fight for them.
As a result, many Tampa slip and fall accident victims end up with lower settlement offers than they really deserve. This could leave them struggling financially in the aftermath of the accident, in addition to the struggles that can go along with dealing with serious injuries.
We start our work with our clients by ensuring that they understand their rights, how much compensation they deserve, and who may bear liability for the accident.
We collect all evidence related to slip and fall accident claims in Tampa for our clients.
Often, premises owners bear liability for slip and fall accidents in Tampa. However, proving liability can be complex, especially in cases where multiple parties may share liability for the incident. At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, our proactive Tampa slip and fall attorneys help investigate all the circumstances that led to the accident, including the company or entity that caused the accident.
Has the company’s negligence caused slip and fall accidents in the past? Does the company have a history of negligence in its maintenance? We can help uncover those critical details that may help build your claim and establish your right to compensation.
We fight to help our clients pursue that much-deserved compensation after a slip and fall accident.
Pursuing compensation following slip and fall injuries can take longer than many people anticipate. Not only may you find yourself facing a considerable negotiation period as you deal with the liable entity, you may have to go to court to pursue the full compensation you deserve.
At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, our committed slip and fall lawyers in Tampa help our clients with every step of that journey, from intercepting communications from the insurance company during the negotiation process to representing our clients in court if necessary. We do everything in our power to ensure you feel confident every step of the way.
Common Causes of Tampa Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can occur for various reasons throughout the Tampa area.
Sometimes, Tampa businesses will fail to clean up spills promptly, often due to understaffing or a lack of staff attention. Other times, wet floors may occur as a result of rainy days, when guests track water inside on their shoes and staff do little to help clean it up. While Tampa sees more sunny days than the United States average per year, it also sees heavy rainfall on many of its rainy days. That heavy rain can make it more difficult to keep up with water and other hazards on the floor.
From poorly repaired stairs down to the beach to flooring that has gone unrepaired or unreplaced for too many years, Tampa businesses may have trouble keeping up with maintenance and that lack of maintenance may pose a substantial hazard.
Because of coastal winds, Tampa buildings often face high exposure to saltwater, which may cause more damage over time. Boards weather faster, and property owners may have a harder time keeping flooring and stairs in good repair. Unfortunately, that lack of maintenance may spell disaster as boards break down, making them more dangerous for anyone attempting to traverse them.
Stairs, in particular, pose a potent slip and fall hazard. Not only must owners keep stairs in proper repair, but the owners of businesses and other public locations must also provide safe stairs for their guests.
Safe stairs may include:
- Adequate clearance
- Uniform riser heights and tread depths
- Appropriate landings and platforms
- Appropriate safety measures for guests and workers alike.
Workers’ comp claims often arise as a result of poor safety precautions on the job. Failure to institute those vital safety precautions can substantially raise the risk of a slip and fall accident, leaving the business owner liable.
Cords and other trip hazards in the walkway
Dealing with cords and trip hazards can prove particularly hazardous, especially when guests do not pay attention. Each year, Tampa hosts a variety of events that bring in vendors, many of whom use those cords to power their displays or their equipment. Improper cord placement, including failure to secure those cords, can pose a hazard to guests.
Common Tampa Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents frequently mean more serious injuries than people think. Even a fall from a relatively low height, including slipping on a normal, level surface, can lead to severe injuries, especially in elderly or otherwise vulnerable individuals. Slip and fall injuries sometimes pose long-term consequences that can lead to serious suffering and long-term medical bills for the victim.
#1. Head Injuries
If a victim hits his head during a fall, it can lead to traumatic brain injury or concussion. Victims with brain injuries may have a hard time focusing, concentrating, or dealing with cognitive tasks. Both short-term and long-term memory may deteriorate as a result of the accident. Many victims with traumatic brain injury find it difficult to take care of their work assignments or to focus on even preferred leisure activities in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
Often, head injuries also have significant emotional consequences: victims may have a hard time with overall emotional regulation, which may mean serious challenges in their relationships and dealings with others.
#2. Back and Neck Injuries
A fall that results in the victim landing on the back or neck can mean long-term challenges. Back and neck injuries, which may range from strained muscles or bruises to herniated discs and even spinal cord injuries, can pose substantial pain or mobility limitations for the victim.
Often, back and neck injuries make it hard for the victim to sit, stand, or move around, all of which can prove vital to both leisure activities and work responsibilities. Back pain can prevent the victim from engaging in many of the activities they enjoyed or tasks they needed to take care of before the incident.
#3. Broken Bones
Often, fall victims break bones in the hands and arms as they try to break their fall. Slip and fall accidents, however, may also result in broken hips, broken bones in the legs, or broken bones throughout the body, depending on how the victim falls and the height of the fall.
Broken bones often mean a longer road to recovery than many victims think. Some broken bones may require surgery to set. Victims may need to go through several months of physical therapy to regain strength in the affected limb. Furthermore, victims with broken bones, especially victims who suffer multiple broken bones, may face a substantial loss of independence as they recover.
#4. Severe Lacerations
Many fall accidents lead to serious cuts and scrapes. Some cause friction burns, also known as road rash. Others may cause severe lacerations, which can lead to a high risk of infection. Blood loss may pose substantial weakness for the victim. Lacerations to the face and other highly visible areas of the body may also have significant psychological consequences.
A Look at Liability for Tampa Slip and Fall Injuries
To file a personal injury claim after a slip and fall accident, your lawyer will help you identify the party that caused your slip and fall injuries. Often, liability rests with the property owner or the company operating on the property: an entity that bears responsibility for maintaining the property but failed in that basic duty of care.
However, in some cases, other entities may share liability for your slip and fall accident, including vendors operating on that property.
Suppose, for example, that you have a slip and fall at a major event at a Tampa hotel: you trip over a cord that a vendor failed to properly secure, resulting in serious injuries. In some cases, both the vendor and the hotel may share liability for that accident and the injuries you sustained.
A lawyer can help investigate the conditions that led to your accident and who may share liability, including:
- Premises owners
- Companies operating on the premises (for example, a company that rents the facility from a larger company or single entity)
- Vendors operating on the premises
Not only can public property owners bear liability for a slip and fall accident, private property owners, including homeowners or landlords, may bear liability for a slip and fall that takes place on their property.
The Compensation You Can Recover for Tampa Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, we cannot guarantee the compensation you will recover for slip and fall injuries, nor can we offer a one-size-fits-all approach. Each slip and fall accident claim may look a little different, particularly as you consider the insurance policy that covers the liable party. We can, however, help you break down the compensation you should ask for and what you should expect as you move forward with your slip and fall accident claim.
Compensation for Your Medical Costs
Your medical costs may rise higher than you expect following a slip and fall accident. Keep track of all medical bills, including emergency medical costs and the cost of long-term care, following serious injuries, so that you can include them as part of your slip and fall claim.
Compensation for Wages You Lost
Recovering from slip and fall injuries can mean significant time out of work and that can mean a serious hit to your overall income. At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, our slip and fall injury lawyers in Tampa can help you calculate the value of those lost wages so you can include them as part of your slip and fall claim.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering after a slip and fall accident can mean anything from the physical pain you sustain because of your injuries to the emotional anguish that often accompanies a serious accident. Talk to a lawyer about how to calculate pain and suffering and add it to your claim.
Contact a Tampa Slip and Fall Attorney Now
Did you suffer serious injuries in a slip and fall? Perenich Law Injury Attorneys can help you learn more about your rights. Contact us today for your free consultation with a Tampa slip and fall lawyer.