Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Serving Polk County
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Slipping and falling might seem like a minor incident to some. But those who have suffered the consequences of a slip and fall know that a single incident can have serious, long-lasting effects on your life. Hundreds of thousands of people go to the ER every year due to slip and fall accidents, especially elderly people and children. That’s why property owners need to take safety seriously.
If you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall at a business or public space, the business owner or the administrators of the public space may be liable for damages that resulted from your personal injury. You need an experienced Lakeland slip and fall lawyer on your side to hold them accountable and fight for full and fair compensation. If you were hurt in a slip and fall in Polk, Pasco, or Hillsborough County, you need Thomas C. Grajek, Attorney at Law.
Why slip and falls happen
Slip and fall cases are based on negligence – that is, careless action or omission that causes a safety issue. Property owners are not responsible for everything that happens on their premises, but they are responsible for taking reasonable care to protect people against preventable or fixable hazards.
Some of the most common causes of a slip and fall case include:
- Slippery walking conditions: If the owner of the location failed to clear walkways of potentially slippery walking conditions, whether due to water, soap, oil, ice, or anything else which rendered the ground too slippery to provide proper traction, they may be liable.
- Poor lighting: If the owner of the location did not provide adequate lighting for visitors to navigate while walking, they may be liable.
- Unsafe walking conditions: If the walkway had potholes, uneven surfaces, rocks, dramatic changes in terrain or elevation, the owner of the location may be liable.
- Obstacles: If the owner of the location failed to clear the walkway of unusual obstacles, such as large stones, boxes, equipment, or other items, they may be liable.
There are many types of incidents which can lead to a slip and fall case. If you suffered a slip and fall but are uncertain if the property’s owner or administrator is liable, schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer who can assess your case from a legal perspective.
The seriousness of slip and fall injuries
A slip and fall incident can result in a wide variety of injuries, some minor and some devastating. The most common slip and fall injuries include:
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Broken or fractured hips
- Head injuries resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Sprains and fractures (such as wrists and knees)
- Shoulder injuries (such as dislocations)
Some of these injuries are permanent and can affect your quality of life forever. Even temporary injuries can have a major impact on your career, your income, and your quality of life. Plus, a slip and fall can lead to more medical problems down the road; if you hurt your knee, for instance, you may need future knee surgery or even a knee replacement. All those costs should be accounted for in your slip and fall claim.
What to do if you slip and fall
When you’re hurt in a slip and fall, the first thing you need to do is gather evidence. Take pictures of the scene and any visible injuries. If you slipped on something, save the object if possible. Put your shoes in a sealed container so that you can have them tested for evidence later. Get the date and location of the incident, the names and contact information for the property owner or manager, and contact information for any witnesses.
Get medical attention right away. Falls can be dangerous, and they often cause injuries with delayed symptoms such as internal injuries and brain injuries. Getting checked out by a doctor is the best option for your health. It also creates a record of the injury to protect your rights.
Then, talk to an experienced slip and fall lawyer who can assess your case and take legal action if necessary.
Why you need a slip and fall attorney
No matter how simple your slip and fall case may seem, the best option is to get an experienced lawyer on your side. You need to meet all legal deadlines, document your losses, and present a winning case, and you can’t do that on your own. The insurance companies do this every day, and they are adept at finding reasons to deny compensation to hardworking people with legitimate claims. You need your own advocate fighting for your interests throughout the process.
As your attorney, I will deal with the insurance companies on your behalf and protect your rights while you focus on getting better. I will investigate, gather the evidence needed, hire expert witnesses if necessary, and build a strong case that puts pressure on the insurance company to make a fair offer. If they won’t pay up, I’m always ready to take them to trial.
I represent slip and fall victims on contingency, which means you don’t pay out of pocket. If you win, the attorney’s fee is a percentage of your recovery; if you don’t win, you don’t pay. There’s no cost and no downside to talking to a slip and fall attorney about your legal options. Call or use the contact form today to schedule your free consultation.