Each year, more than a million people visit the emergency room after experiencing a slip and fall. As the National Floor Safety Institute reports, they are also the primary cause of injuries that necessitate days off of work and are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.
Falls can cause serious or even fatal injury. Frequently, falls occur because of unsafe conditions or inadequate property maintenance. Those who are responsible for falls can be held legally liable for any injuries that result. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can represent victims and their families after a fall injury occurs in the Tampa area, so call today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced slip and fall lawyer.
Slip and falls may occur as a result of:
Every property owner has a basic obligation to ensure his or her property is safe, which means making a reasonable effort to avoid conditions that lead to slip and falls. In some cases, renters can also be held legally responsible for a failure to maintain their property.
The extent of a property owner or renter’s obligation depends upon who is coming to the property. For example, owners of stores and restaurants invite customers into their space, so they have an obligation to regularly inspect the premises and fix problems that could lead to falls (or to warn visitors about problems that cannot be fixed).
Homeowners who have guests over don’t necessarily have to inspect their properties, although they do need to either warn their guests about or correct any hazards the homeowner is aware could cause a fall.
A Tampa slip and fall attorney can review the circumstances of your accident to help determine if anyone should be held legally liable for what happened to you. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has helped more than 32,000 injured victims. Our attorneys know how to handle slip and fall cases and we can work to negotiate a settlement or go to court on your behalf against a company or person responsible for your fall.
In some cases, if the fall happened at work, you may also be able to make a workers’ compensation claim. You don’t need to prove your employer was negligent in a way that led to the fall in order to recover work injury benefits. An attorney can help you notify your employer of your injury and make your claim.
If you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim after a fall, you have to prove that the property owner or the renter was the one who was responsible for your injuries if you wish to recover compensation.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help you launch an investigation, obtain maintenance records, find experts and put together your case. If you can prove your case, you should be able to recover compensation for medical costs, loss of wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress or wrongful death that occurs due to the slip and fall. Call today to request a FREE consultation.