Slip and fall accidents may lead to injuries for anyone, but may be especially dangerous for seniors who are at an increased risk for broken bones and other serious injuries. Property owners may have a responsibility to keep their property free from hazards that might cause anyone to slip or trip and fall, including the elderly or those with mobility concerns.
If you or an aging loved one fell while visiting someone else’s property in Tampa, a Tampa elderly slip and fall lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may be able to help hold the property owner responsible and recover compensation you may be entitled to so you can pay for medical treatment and more.
Call Distasio Law Firm at (813) 259-0022 for a free case review.
For a free legal consultation with a elderly slip and fall injury lawyer serving Tampa, call (813) 259-0022
Falls Are a Leading Cause of Injury in Seniors
Trips, slips, and other falls are the leading cause of injury and fatal injuries for those over age 65 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Every year, more than 3 million seniors are treated for fall injuries.
In about one out of every five cases, this may include a serious injury. Falls account for about 95% of all hip fractures in this population. Other possible injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Joint injuries
Property owners have a responsibility to remove or repair hazards that may cause a fall, including:
- Trip hazards in walkways.
- Slip hazards such as tracked rainwater or spills.
- Rolled rugs, torn carpet, or other floor covering that could cause a fall.
- Broken or missing grab bars in handicapped bathroom stalls.
- Broken or missing handrails on stairs.
- Poor lighting.
If a senior falls, the impact may extend beyond their injuries as well. The fall and resulting fear of falling may lead to a loss of mobility and independence, or even cause the senior to require additional care and support.
Distasio Law Firm offers free case reviews for Tampa elderly slip and fall injuries. Our team understands the serious nature of falls and fall injuries and may commit the necessary resources to your case if we believe we may be able to hold the property owner liable on your behalf. Distasio Law Firm handles these cases on a contingent-fee basis, so you may not pay any attorney fees unless we secure a settlement or other payout.
Call (813) 259-0022 to possibly learn more through a free consultation.
Tampa Elderly Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Near Me (813) 259-0022
Possible Recoverable Damages in a Tampa Elderly Slip and Fall Settlement or Trial
A Tampa elderly slip and fall lawyer from Distasio Law Firm may use evidence and documentation to show the extent of injuries suffered and losses incurred as a result of a fall. This may include almost any type of expense, or physical and emotional suffering that occurred.
A legal doctrine called the eggshell skull rule may come into play in an elderly slip and fall case. According to the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute, a property owner may be accountable for the full extent of the injuries a victim suffers in a fall, even if they were at an increased risk because of a pre-existing medical condition or other physical characteristics.
Recoverable damages may include:
- Current and future medical care costs, and related expenses stemming from fall injuries.
- Replacement of any damaged personal property.
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the fall, injuries, or treatment.
- Pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages.
In the most severe fall cases, a victim may pass away from their injuries. If you lost a loved one as a result of a Tampa fall, the personal representative of their estate may be able to pursue damages benefitting the estates under Florida Statute 768.21, Florida’s Wrongful Death Act.
Reach Out to Distasio Law Firm as Soon as Possible After a Fall
You should reach out to a Tampa elderly slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible to get work started for your case. If your loved one fell in their Tampa nursing home as a result of neglect, the case may fall under Florida Statute 400.0236, which offers only a two-year time limit. If the fall happened on public property, you may have even less time to act.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form now
Distasio Law Firm is Committed to Putting Your Needs First After a Tampa Elderly Slip and Fall Accident
If you or a loved one sustained injuries because of a hazard on someone else’s property, you may benefit from the help of a premises liability lawyer in Tampa from Distasio Law Firm. Our team handles senior slip and fall and trip and fall cases and know what it may take to build a compelling argument and secure a payout you may be entitled to.
If you work with our team, you will not get a case manager you have to go through for answers or to learn the status of your case. Instead, you get a lawyer working on your case and the ability to contact them with any questions. We may be able to fight to hold the property owner or another liable party responsible for your injuries and other damages, as well as recover compensation based on your proven losses.
Speak to a Member of Our Tampa Elderly Slip and Fall Legal Team for Free
If you or a loved one fell in Tampa or the greater Tampa Bay area, you may be able to hold the property owner or occupier accountable, recovering compensation you may be entitled to for your medical care and more. Call Distasio Law Firm at (813) 259-0022 to get started with a free review of your case.