Were You Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
In Florida, all property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises in reasonably safe conditions for invited guests. The failure to do so may be considered negligent and it can lead to innocent victims suffering serious injuries. Victims can recover compensation from the negligent property owner by bringing a premises liability claim. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most commonly occurring types of premises liability claims. If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, you need to hold the responsible property owner accountable. You should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
The First Four Things You Should Do After a Florida Slip and Fall Accident
- Seek Medical Attention
Severe injuries require emergency medical attention. Even if your injury does not require emergency assistance, you should still visit a doctor as soon as possible. This is important for your recovery. Some slip and fall injuries, such as back issues, may come with a delayed onset. Additionally, you must see a doctor if you intend on taking legal action. Without supporting medical evidence, your personal injury claim will not be able to move forward.
- Report Your Accident to the Property Owner
If your accident is not reported to the appropriate parties in a reasonable timeframe, you may not be able to take legal action. Please report your accident immediately after suffering a serious injury. A slip and fall accident should be reported to the property owner or property manager. Do not assume that the property owner simply knows about your accident. Get your report submitted in writing.
- Secure Any Evidence
All successful personal injury claims require supporting evidence. Critical evidence will begin to deteriorate soon after your accident. If you fail to take proactive steps to secure this evidence, you may lose out on your chance to do so. In a slip and fall accident case, there are four different types of evidence that you should immediately try to secure:
- Official medical records and reports;
- Photos of your injuries;
- Photos of the accident scene; and
- Statements from any witnesses
- Consult with an Attorney
Finally, there is no need to go through the personal injury claim process alone. It is complicated, and you will be forced to deal with very experienced insurance company representatives who will not be on your side. You should hire an experienced attorney who will protect your legal rights and financial interests. Our attorneys take slip and fall accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that there are no out-of-pocket costs for you.
Contact Our Office Today
At Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group, our Tampa premises liability lawyers have helped many slip and fall victims recover fair compensation for their accident. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, please contact our office today at (813) 242-4404 to set up a free, no obligation review of your case. We represent injured victims throughout the Tampa Bay area, including in Dover, Sydney and Brandon.