Need a Tampa Slip and Fall Lawyer?
If you or a loved one were injured after falling on someone else’s property in Tampa, or any other Florida city, you probably have questions that only a slip and fall lawyer can answer. You may want to know:
- Is the property owner responsible for causing my injuries?
- Can I be compensated for medical expenses and lost wages?
- How can a slip and fall attorney help me?
- How do I find the best Tampa slip and fall lawyer?
At Distasio Law Firm, we are passionate about getting the answers to these slip and fall questions for our clients, holding the responsible property owner accountable for their wrongdoing, guiding our clients through the process, and getting our clients the money they lost so they can get back their life. When you call our law firm, we will listen to what happened to you and if the premises owner is responsible for your injuries, we will put a plan together to help. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.
The Distasio Law Firm Difference
How do you know if you have hired the best Tampa slip and fall injury lawyer? The simplest way to know is to find a lawyer that has all the below characteristics.
- Knowledge and Experience Handling Slip and Fall Cases
Your lawyer should not only know Florida premises liability law. That lawyer should also have years of experience handling slip & fall injury cases. Scott Distasio has been handling these cases for over 27 years. His years of experience investigating, negotiating, settling, filing lawsuits, taking depositions, and going to trial will absolutely make a difference in your case.
- Independent Verification of the Lawyers Ability
All attorneys claim they know what they are doing. Their marketing materials may also be persuasive. But you will only know the truth about that lawyer if the lawyer is rated by respected independent non-biased rating systems. Scott Distasio has an “AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell law Directory. This is the highest rating an attorney can receive for both ability and ethics. Scott Distasio is also Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Trial law. To achieve this accomplishment a lawyer must have tried a minimum number of cases to a jury and pass a competency exam. Less than 1% of all Florida lawyers are Board Certified.
- Willingness and Ability to Go to Trial
Not all personal injury cases go to trial. The truth is most cases settle. But if your case does need to go to trial it’s important to hire a law firm that has the experience, resources and ability to try your case. Scott Distasio is a board certified civil trial lawyer. This gives him the right to call himself an expert trial lawyer.
Are Premise Owners Responsible for All Injuries That Happen on Their Property?
Property owners are not responsible for a person’s injuries just because the person was injured on their property. Instead, the premises owner must have done something wrong. In addition, whatever they did wrong must have caused or substantially contributed to the person’s injuries. Our slip, trip and fall attorneys will investigate any case we take to find out if the property owner did something wrong and if so we will hold them accountable. In Tampa, and every other city in Florida, property owners have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition free from dangerous conditions. Property owners also have a duty to warn of dangerous conditions until they are fixed. Property owners that do not follow these simple safety rules are responsible for injuries caused by the dangerous conditions on their property. This means a property owner must fix dangerous conditions that they knew or with the exercise of reasonable care, should have known about. In addition the property owner must warn people invited onto the property of dangerous conditions.
What is a Slip and Fall Case?
A slip and fall or trip and fall case happens when a property owner fails to correct a dangerous condition, and someone slips, trips and or falls because of the dangerous condition. The most common places slip and fall accidents can happen are:
- Grocery stores
- Shopping malls
- Movie theaters
- Apartment complexes
- Office buildings
- Department stores
- Parking lots
What Are the Most Common Slip and Fall Accidents?
Inside a business, the overwhelming number of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents happen because someone spills liquid on the ground. But a property owner is not responsible for a person injuries just because there was liquid on the ground and the person slipped and fell in the liquid. Instead, the property owner must have some sort of notice that liquid was on the ground and still did not clean it up. Notice can occur when the property owner is made aware of the liquid. However, notice can also happen because in certain types of business establishments there is liquid on the floor so often that it is foreseeable that it will happen again. This is particularly true for grocery stores. In these types of business establishments, responsible business owners look for liquid on the ground in their stores on a regular basis. The failure to do so could in and of itself make the business owner responsible for injuries when someone slips and falls on liquid.
Outside, the overwhelming number of trip and fall accidents happen because of objects that are in the wrong place or because of defects in the places where people walk. The most common places that trip and falls happen is in parking lots, on sidewalks, on walkways, and in stairwells. Common defects include pot holes, curbs that do not comply with building codes, and parking stops that are in the wrong place. Other contributing factors include poor lighting, uneven surfaces, and optical illusions.
What Should You Do After a Slip and Fall?
Of course you should always pay attention to your surroundings. But many times, dangerous conditions on property are simply not open and obvious. If you fall and injure yourself on someone else’s property there are a few things you can do to make sure valuable evidence of what happened is not lost. Doing these things will help your slip and fall lawyer prove your case.
- TAKE A MOMENT TO STUDY WHAT HAPPENED
It’s hard to do immediately after you fall because you are probably in pain and may be disoriented. But this is actually the best time to take a mental note of the events. Otherwise you may forget. Look for what caused you to fall and remember its size, shape, color, consistency, and condition. Try to remember the sequence of events leading up to the fall and the actual fall itself. Remember your shoes and clothing. If there is liquid on the ground, remember if your clothing was wet after the fall. As soon as possible after the fall, write down in detail everything you remember.
- TAKE PICTURES OF THE AREA WHERE YOU FELL, YOUR INJURIES, AND YOUR SHOES
Your memory of the events is important. But memories often fade. Relying on the store to accurately document what happened is also a mistake. Many stores do a terrible job of documenting events after a fall. To ensure you have accurate information, take many photographs from many different angles of what caused you to fall and of the surrounding area. In addition, you should take pictures of your injuries, bruises, and your shoes.
- IDENTIFY WITNESSES TO THE FALL
Stores will often forget to get witness contact information. Therefore, you should get the names, phone numbers, and addresses of as many witnesses as you can. Find out if they know how long the dangerous condition was on the floor and whether any employees knew about it.
- FILL OUT A STORE INCIDENT REPORT
Some businesses may take the position that the event never happened if you do not notify them of what happened. The best way to notify the store is to find a manager and or store owner. Insist on filling out an incident report and do your best to get a copy of the report.
- ASK THE STORE TO PRESERVE ANY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE EVENT
Most stores today have surveillance video constantly running. The surveillance video can show things like how long the dangerous condition existed, how it got there, whether employees were looking for dangerous conditions, and how you fell. Unfortunately, many stores video systems record over old footage every 30 days. They only save a copy if you specifically ask them to do so. Since the video is often the only thing that can really prove what happened, you should always ask them to save a copy and or give you a copy. Definitely ask and make a note of who you asked. But it would be even better is you ask in writing.
- GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR YOUR INJURIES
It is common to feel embarrassed after falling. It is often common to wait to get medical attention to see if your injuries go away on your own. However, if you do this and the injuries do not go away, the property owner may later claim that you injuries did not happen because of the fall. They will point to the gap in time between when you fell and when you got medical attention and claim that anything could have happened to you during that time. To prevent this from happening, get medical attention as soon as possible. This will document your injuries with an independent source and ensure this ridiculous argument does not work.
- TAKE A MOMENT TO STUDY WHAT HAPPENED
Common Injuries That Will Arise From a Slip and Fall Include:
- Back injuries
- Fractures and broken bones, such as hips, arms, ankles, tailbones
- Spinal injuries
- Bruising and soreness