While a slip and fall accident can be scary, the legal process doesn’t have to be. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience to help you every step of the way, from getting medical attention to fighting the insurance company and completing the claims process.
After a serious slip, give us a call. We’ll start with a free case evaluation. As a part of our free consultation with one of our Tampa injury lawyers, we’ll discuss your slip and fall accident case and potential claim value.
Slip & Fall – It Comes Down To A Simple Rule.
If you’ve never had a slip and fall accident, you may not be sure if you have a slip and fall claim. Fortunately, fall accident injuries are covered when a simple rule isn’t met. Keep reading to learn more.
If a business invites you to their shop to sell you goods or services, its owners/employees need to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. But what if a business violates safety rules and you get hurt? Then a Tampa slip and fall lawyer can help you recover what was taken away from you.
Your damages may include:
- The cost of medical bills
- Lost work time/lost wages
- Emotional pain and suffering, mental anguish
- Serious injuries, physical pain, and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Chronic pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of ability to do activities that you used to be able to do easily (i.e., jogging, bicycling, boating, playing with your children or grandchildren, walking your dog, etc.)
In 2019, unintentional fatalities made up 77% of Florida’s injury-related deaths, including slip and fall accidents. We want to make sure you get a fair settlement for yourself or your loved ones.
The success of slip and fall accident legal matters depends on the unique circumstances of each case, therefore, we cannot guarantee particular results for future clients.
Stores Have A Legal Responsibility To Protect You
Florida property owners are required by law to do the following:
Keep their premises reasonably safe, fix dangerous conditions on the property that the business knew about or should have known about, and warn customers/visitors about any dangerous conditions.
If a business or property owner did not fulfill these requirements, they become a negligent property owner — and you may have a personal injury case if you sustained injuries. Read section 768.0755 for more information on what you can do to help your slip and fall claim.
Initial Steps Our Tampa Slip And Fall Lawyers Take In Every Case
Remember, a slip and fall accident happens at a building that an owner (aka the defendant) controls. Accident victims often seek medical care or reasonable care after the accident occurred. And meanwhile, because it’s someone else’s property, the property owners could remedy the problem that caused the accident or otherwise destroy evidence. If that happens, it makes your Tampa personal injury case much more difficult to prove.
A slip and fall attorney is a personal injury attorney who specifically knows how to take on big businesses like a restaurant or a grocery store. Slip and fall cases involving these big stores require an experienced fall injury lawyer that will get to work on your personal injury claim quickly.
In Tampa Bay slip and fall injury cases, the key is to move fast. Below are the initial steps a slip and fall lawyer will take on your behalf that may prove negligence, from creating the accident report to taking steps to recover compensation:
- Secure pictures and videos of the scene of the accident.
- Seek witness statements from employees of the business and other people at the scene.
- Send spoliation letters to the business demanding that its associates not destroy any slip and fall accident evidence.
- Seek insurance policy premiums from the business and/or any other responsible party or parties and talk with the insurance agent when appropriate.
- Hire accident reconstructionists and safety experts as needed.
- Ensure you get the best possible medical treatment and get your resulting medical expenses covered as much as possible.
- Our slip and fall lawyers work with your medical provider (or providers) from the beginning to ensure a coordinated plan of legal attack while also getting your medical needs met.
- Review the complete facts of your case and make the phone calls necessary to try to keep your slip and fall accident case out of the courtroom.
While our Tampa slip and fall attorneys always work to prevent unnecessary courtroom litigation if possible, we are not afraid to go to trial if this will get you the compensation you deserve!
Big Tampa Stores We Have Successfully Fought And Won
When you choose a personal injury lawyer, you want to know that they are an experienced Tampa slip law firm. At Denman Pearlman, we’ve fought many premises liability cases and won. Below are just a few of the stores we’ve gone up against (and won) in slip and fall accidents.
- Westshore Shopping Mall
- Memorial Hospital of Tampa
- Bars, restaurants, and clubs
- Private homeowners
Situations Where A Business Owner Or Homeowner Can Be Held Responsible For A Slip And Fall Accident In Tampa
Head injuries, financial losses, and non-economic damages can all occur in fall cases. But how do you know when to take legal action? Below are a few situations where the property owner can be held responsible, and you can seek compensation.
- Wet floors
- Foreign substances on the floor
- Slippery floors
- Boxes or open merchandise left on the floor
- Uneven floors
- Insufficiently lit walkways or stairways
- Not enough lighting in other areas of the premises and/or avoidable problems with existing lighting such as burned-out light bulbs
- Stairs that are not up to code
- Poorly maintained sidewalks
- Poorly maintained parking lots
- Insufficient or negligent security
Real-Life Case Example: A Slip And Fall Case Against South Tampa Wal-Mart (Near I-275)
A client of ours injured his shoulder at a Tampa Wal-Mart after he slipped and fell on a foreign substance on the floor in the produce section.
Despite the chaos, our client’s wife was smart enough to snap a picture of the foreign substance on the floor. It was clear that Wal-Mart employees should have known about the dangerous condition and fixed the problem. For whatever reason, they failed to do so. And now, Wal-Mart as a corporation was legally responsible (or liable) for this man’s injury.
Our client tried conservative treatment, but ultimately surgery was the only way to fix his injured shoulder.
Now, the local Wal-Mart employees were nice enough to our client at the scene. Insurance company adjusters were also uncharacteristically nice to him on the phone.
But Wal-Mart is a big business with a procedure in place to avoid paying out money after slip and fall accidents. They are experienced at hiring experts to help them save money and expect people to feel intimidated by these experts. In other words, they expect an injured person to simply go away and not pursue their claim in a court of law.
So, our client’s injury claim was sent to Wal-Mart’s corporate headquarters in Arkansas for review. A claims representative tried to settle the case with our client (even though he was represented by a personal injury attorney; that’s another example of how unethical big businesses are when it comes to saving money) for $400!
From there, Wal-Mart battled with us every step of the way. We did not give up. We filed a lawsuit, proved our client’s pain and suffering, proved that Wal-Mart was legally responsible for his injury, and settled the case for $165,000.
Do I Have A Case If The Business Claims I Am At Fault?
What if the business owner claims that you contributed to your slip and fall injuries?
Florida is a comparative fault state. That means if you are partially responsible for your own injuries, then your economic claim is reduced proportionally according to your fault.
However, you still have a case. The value of your case is simply reduced to account for your share of the blame.
For example, let’s assume that your slip and fall injury case results in a $500,000 settlement claim award for you. But the evidence proves you were 20% at fault in the accident.
In this case, the award for the settlement is simply reduced by the amount that you were at fault. Or 20% of $500,000, which reduces the net settlement claim in your slip and fall case to $400,000.
Do I Have To Pay Money Upfront For A Slip And Fall Case?
In the situations we’ve been discussing in this article, no.
Denmon Pearlman only gets the money if you do.
Once you decide to work with us, you will sign a retainer agreement/contract. The agreement will state clearly the contingency fee (basically a percentage of the settlement or award that your lawyer receives as payment for their services) for which you are responsible. This is usually 33.33% if there is no trial or 40% if there is a trial.
Again, for personal injury cases like a slip and fall, there is no upfront money that you will have to pay.
In the rare event we cannot get money for you, you pay nothing.
Get A Free Consultation With A Tampa Bay Slip And Fall Accident Lawyer
If you need a fall accident lawyer experienced in personal injury law, you need the team at Denmon Pearlman. Our law firm has a slip and fall lawyer team that can go up against any store, insurance company, or property owner to get you the compensation you deserve for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other implications of your accident.
Call our slip and fall lawyer team for your free consultation today. When property owners don’t protect you from unsafe situations (or provide adequate warning), we have your back.
What Other Types Of Personal Injuries Can An Experienced Denmon Pearlman Tampa Slip and Fall Attorney Handle For You?
- Dog bites: cases with dog bites are much easier to win claims for, as the owner is much more naturally liable for these types of accidents under Florida statutes than a store would be in a Tampa slip or fall situation.
- Accidents bicycle: bicycle accidents are naturally devastating, even when the rider is wearing a helmet.
- Nursing home abuse: these types of cases can be hard to prove — but if you have witnesses and/or documents that so-called caregivers abused or neglected your loved one, then you and your family are entitled to compensation.
- Negligent nursing practices
- Burn caused by fire or chemicals
- Robbery or assault: while at a store or other location with negligent security; under Florida law, a business is responsible for hiring the best employees to protect its customers.
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- School bus accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): brain injuries are serious and often life-long; these are often caused by a Tampa slip and fall or a car accident.
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