Slip & fall and trip & fall accidents don’t happen without reason – and they don’t happen because you weren’t paying attention or because you were clumsy.
Frequently these types of accidents occur because of negligence. A negligent property owner may have known there was an issue yet chose not to fix it which left you with an injury, unable to work and potentially with medical bills you couldn’t afford.
There are various causes of these types of accidents including obstruction of a walkway, faulty railing, slippery steps, water or some other solution spilled on the floor or any other problem or issue that a property owner was aware of yet failed to address. A slip & fall lawsuit can be filed against the negligent party that caused your injury so that you can recover your losses.
Slip & Fall Cases Can Be Complex
You need an experienced attorney who knows what to look for and how to properly build a solid case against the property owner who caused your accident. Michael Herron has dealt with many of these types of cases as well as other types of premises liability cases. If you are due compensation for your injuries, Mr. Herron has the knowledge and experience to prove your case.
Proving A Slip & Fall Case
How does an attorney establish that the accident wasn’t your fault, but instead occurred due to the negligence of the property owner? An experienced accident attorney knows that your case must show that there was a “dangerous condition” on the property and that the property owner should’ve known about the condition – additionally, a “reasonable property owner” would’ve addressed the “dangerous condition” prior to anyone being injured.
A dangerous condition is simply some aspect of the property that presents an unreasonable risk of harm to anyone on the property and must not be an obvious or avoidable hazard. For instance, a large spill of milk on a drugstore floor that no one has attended to or marked as a potential hazard is a “dangerous condition” since you don’t expect it to be there and it’s not obvious.
Reasonable Property Owner
Your slip & fall attorney must also show that whoever owns the property where your accident occurred didn’t act as a “reasonable property owner” would. Reasonable property owners take steps to fix problems on their properties so that no one gets injured. However, negligent property owners don’t take steps to address these types of issues. The following questions help your slip and fall attorney ind Tampa determine if your case is viable:
- Did the hazard exist long enough for the property owner to be aware of it?
- Was there a legitimate reason for the area to be a hazard?
- If there is a reason for the area to be potentially dangerous, was there any way to make it less so?
- If an object caused the accident, was there anywhere else the object could have been kept to make the property safer?
- Could a sign or barrier have been used to prevent injury?
Additionally, it’s possible that the property owner was actually in violation of building or city codes – which can help your lawyer prove your case.
How Much Compensation Can You Receive From A Slip & Fall Lawsuit?
There are many factors that determine how much compensation you are due. The best way to know if you have a viable case and to learn how much you may be compensated for your injuries, is to request a free case review. Michael Herron will personally review your case and if he is able to assist you in seeking compensation then there are no fees if he doesn’t win.