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Tampa Slip & Fall Lawyer

A slip and fall accident might not sound serious, but it often is. Thousands of people get seriously hurt and even die every year because of a slip and fall on dangerous property. Injuries can include painful and debilitating muscle sprains and strains, but they can also cause hip fractures and other broken bones, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, back and neck injuries, paralysis and more. At Franco Law Firm, we know that a serious slip and fall accident can put you out of commission and leave you dealing with physical pain and trauma, and cause a serious disruption in your life. If the accident happened because the property owner was careless in the way they maintained the premises, you have a premises liability claim and the ability to recover significant compensation for your injuries. Franco Law Firm can help. Premises liability claims are tricky and shouldn’t be attempted on your own. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall in the greater Tampa Bay area, call Franco Law Firm at 813-872-0929 for a free consultation with an experienced and successful Tampa slip & fall lawyer.

When Is a Property Owner Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident?

One of the reasons slip and fall accident cases can be challenging to win is that the property owner is not always responsible for an accident that occurs on their premises, and even when they are, it can be difficult to prove. A property owner’s legal duty can differ depending on the type of property and the status of the person who is injured on the premises. In some situations, the property owner has a duty to warn others about known dangers, while in other cases the owner has a duty to inspect the premises regularly and promptly fix any hazards they discover. Commercial businesses that invite the public onto their premises for the property owner’s gain (shopping malls, retail stores, grocery stores, restaurants…) generally have this higher duty to inspect and repair.

When a slip and fall accident happens, the property owner might try to avoid liability by saying they didn’t have knowledge of the dangerous condition and couldn’t reasonably have known about it in time to fix it before the accident occurred. A prime example is if another customer spills their drink in a store or knocks a jar of liquid off the shelf. How long must the spill be there before the owner can be held liable if somebody else comes along and slips and falls because of the hazard? At Franco Law Firm, our experienced Tampa slip and fall accident attorneys know how to gather the best evidence and put together a case that proves the property owner either knew about the danger or should have known about it before the accident with the exercise of reasonable care and diligence.

We’ll also protect you from claims by the property owner that you were somehow negligent or responsible for slipping and falling, such as by not paying attention to where you were going. Insurance companies love to play this card because it can reduce or eliminate their liability. We spend the time necessary to build a case that proves the other party’s fault and keeps you from being unfairly blamed when you were simply going about your business and did not expect to encounter a hazardous condition on the premises.

Common slipping and tripping hazards include:

  • Food or drink spills
  • Recently mopped or waxed floors
  • Slippery floor surfaces that don’t include floor mats or treads
  • Loose rugs
  • Burnt-out light bulbs or inadequate lighting
  • Lack of handrails or loose handrails on staircases
  • Unmarked steps or ramps
  • Broken or missing floor tiles
  • Torn carpets
  • Exposed cables or extension cords
  • Cracked or broken sidewalks
  • Parking lot potholes

Apart from trying to avoid liability for a dangerous condition on the property, property owners and managers will also often dispute the severity of the injury. Especially if the slip and fall didn’t produce a visible injury such as a broken bone or facial laceration, the property owner and their insurer might argue that the injury is not very bad or is even nonexistent. We know that a slip and fall can be painful and traumatic and that its effects can linger for a long time. You should be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and any time you missed from work due to the injury, but also for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the inconvenience this accident has imposed on your life through no fault of your own.

We’ll gather the medical evidence and other documentation that shows how badly you were injured and what sorts of compensation you should receive from the negligent party. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we know how to get full value for your claim from the insurance company, whether through an out-of-court settlement or a jury verdict.

Contact the Franco Law Firm Today

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident on somebody’s unreasonably dangerous or negligently maintained premises, Franco Law Firm can help prove the property owner’s liability to you for the harm you have suffered. Call 813-872-0929 for a free consultation with a skilled and experienced Tampa slip and fall accident lawyer.

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