You slipped on a wet floor at Walmart and broke your hip Who will pay for your medical bills and care?
You tripped on loose carpeting while walking in a hotel lobby and herniated a disc in your back. Now you can’t work. Who will pay for your lost income?
You slipped on an icy parking lot while trying to buy groceries and suffered a head injury. Who will pay for your long-term care?
These may seem like extreme cases, but they are unfortunately common. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely want to cooperate with accident survivors. They may even try to pin some of the blame back on you. They may claim you were wearing inappropriate footwear or even distracted and using your cellphone. When this happens, you may find yourself facing a long, uphill battle trying to collect the money you need – and deserve.
At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, our Port Richey slip and fall attorneys have helped accident survivors in Port Richey and the surrounding area. Our law firm offers free initial consultations because you deserve to review all your legal options before choosing a law firm. We will meet with you and help you decide the best course of legal action. Our lawyers want you to feel safe and protected every step of the way.
Slip and fall accidents differ from other types of injury accidents. The area of premises liability law is complex and intricate. It involves a special knowledge of Florida law and comparative negligence. When analyzing slip and fall cases, insurance companies will want to reduce your claim in whatever way they can. They will use comparative negligence laws to show that you should have avoided the hazard and your negligence contributed to the incident. That is why experience matters.
A Florida slip and fall injury lawyer must be aware of how insurers may use comparative negligence to reduce the claim. They must then use this knowledge to fight back and apply Florida’s negligence laws correctly to the case to obtain favorable results and higher compensation.
At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, our Port Richey injury attorneys have very extensive knowledge of Florida’s premises liability laws. We also have considerable experience representing injured accident survivors. From the start, we put our experience and resources to work for you. This is why so many injured slip and fall accident survivors choose us to represent them.
We know that companies, rental properties, and property management firms have large legal teams and insurance companies on their side. We also know that their main goal is to avoid paying for slip and fall accidents. That is why we fight aggressively from the start. Our law firm is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with these corporations. We know how to build a case to help our clients collect the money they need to rebuild their lives again after a devastating injury accident.
Over one million people visit emergency rooms every year after suffering an injury in a slip and fall accident.
Yet, determining liability in a slip and fall accident is never easy. Injured accident survivors need money now to help them pay for medical expenses and lost wages. They may even need compensation throughout their lives after suffering a serious fall.
Whether you’re shopping at Walmart, dining out at Outback Steakhouse, or running into a T-mobile store, slip and fall accidents can occur at any time and to anyone. In Port Richey and throughout Pasco County, slip and fall accidents result in hundreds of trips to the emergency room. In Florida, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injury hospital admissions.
Where do slip and fall accidents most commonly occur?
When a slip and fall accident occurs in a store or business, victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries. At first, they may feel silly or embarrassed. This feeling may mask the real severity of their injuries.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents include:
Elderly customers and guests are at a higher risk of suffering a serious injury in a slip and fall accident. Hip fractures are the most serious and can lead to life-threatening complications and death. Nearly half of all elderly adults hospitalized for hip fractures are unable to return to independent living.
Property owners in Port Richey and throughout Pasco County have a responsibility to their customers and guests to keep their properties safe and free from hazards. This includes taking precautions to prevent serious accidents from occurring. When they fail to do this, they can face liability for the accident and the injuries suffered.
How do slip and fall accidents occur?
These are just a few of the ways a slip and fall accident can occur in a store, apartment complex, or public space.
When you suffer an injury on another person’s property, you can hold them liable for the injuries and damages you suffered. Florida’s premises liability law is specific when it comes to premises liability and holding property owners accountable. The law determines liability based on what type of visitors enter the property.
Invitees. By law, property owners who invite guests onto their property owe the highest level of care to those guests. This means that they can bear liability for injuries that resulted because of dangers they should have known about, as well as known hazards. Properties with invitees include businesses whose patrons enter their property to buy goods or services. Examples include grocery stores, department stores, big-box stores, drug stores, and hotels. In Florida, this also includes public land.
Licensees. When a guest stays on a person’s property with their permission and consent, the law considers them a licensee. These are typically social guests, family members, friends, and neighbors. Property owners owe licensees a high level of care. They must keep their properties reasonably safe and fix all known hazards. They must also warn guests of potential dangers. Property owners do not owe as high a level of care to licensees as they do to invitees.
Trespassers. If someone enters a property without that owner’s consent, the law considers them a trespasser. Property owners owe the least amount of care to trespassers. However, they must still exercise reasonable care when they realize the trespasser is on their property. They also have a responsibility to prevent reckless or intentional injury.
When courts determine whether an injured person is a licensee or an invitee, they use “reasonableness.” In other words, how would the average person handle a situation?
They also examine:
For example: During a thunderstorm, Port Richey businesses must anticipate wet floors. To reduce hazards, reasonable property owners place weather mats at the entrances and exits to their stores. They may also place wet floor signs at the entrance to remind guests to use extra caution. If they failed to do this, they can bear liability for the accident.
When filing a premises liability lawsuit, it is important to know that this area of law is tricky. Slip and fall accident cases take a tremendous amount of investigation to prove liability. Your attorney must clearly establish that the property owner knew of the hazard or should have known of the hazard and failed to take necessary precautions.
In Florida, you only have four years to file a slip and fall accident lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you cannot file a future lawsuit to collect the compensation you need. For this reason alone, it is important to call our law firm as quickly as possible. We can ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines for filing your claim.
From the start, the Port Richey slip and fall accident lawyers at Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers will investigate your accident closely. We know that the “devil is in the details.” That means that we examine every aspect of your case to find the details necessary to prove liability. This may involve examining past complaints, interviewing eyewitnesses, speaking with employees, and even past guests.
Unfortunately, property owners may lose or destroy valuable evidence that can help your case after slip and fall accidents. Managers may delete emails, lose incident reports, or misplace complaints. Employees and eyewitnesses may not remember important details about the incident as time passes. As such, call our law firm immediately after you suffer an injury in a slip and fall accident.
We support our injured clients every step of the way, so you know what is going on and how your case is progressing. You can rest assured knowing that we are negotiating the best settlement for you, one that addresses all of your injuries and damages. If the insurance companies refuse to offer a fair settlement, we are not afraid to go to trial. Our lawyers are experienced litigators who understand the intricacies of Florida premises liability law.
If your case goes to trial, Florida’s comparative negligence laws will determine your share of the blame for the accident. This means that if the insurance company pins some of the blame for the slip and fall accident on you, you receive less compensation. They will try anything to reduce their liabilities, and they know that your percentage of fault reduces the amount of damages awarded.
At Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers, our experienced premises liability lawyers do not let that happen. We work diligently to build a strong case against the property owner and defend against any shared liability. Even during settlement negotiations, our attorneys work to reduce any blame the insurance company tries to pin on you, so you can collect maximum compensation.
If you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident in Port Richey, Pasco County, or anywhere in Florida, we want to be the first call you make. We know that slip and fall accidents are no laughing matter. Survivors suffer real and debilitating injuries that can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering.
That is why we fight aggressively for our injured clients from the start. We know that with a lawyer on your side, insurance companies take you and your injuries more seriously.
Call the injury attorneys at Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers at (727) 845-5972 or fill out our confidential contact form. We offer free consultations to help you explore all your legal options. We also work on a contingency basis so you do not owe us anything unless we can collect compensation for you. It is that simple. Contact us today.
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