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When You Are Hurt In A Store, Hotel, Restaurant Or Other Premises

“Slip-and-fall” is a term for personal injuries that are caused when a person slips and falls on a floor, sidewalk, stair or other surface. Homeowners and building owners, as well as those who run or own parking lots, apartment buildings or hotels, are responsible for injuries resulting from slip-and-falls or other accidents on the premises. In some cases, the manager or person who controls the building or area may also be liable.

At Clark | Martino, we take on many types of premises liability cases. If you were harmed because someone in charge did something they should not have or failed to do something they should have, you may have a premises liability case.

Slip-And-Falls Are One Premises Liability Accident Type

A slip-and-fall accident may be caused by many things, including:

  • An uneven floor
  • An unseen danger, such as a hole covered up by a rug or poor lighting
  • A slippery floor surface
  • A wobbly step or loose handrail
  • Debris or material in an aisle
  • A loose carpet or rug
  • Unmaintained surfaces, such as sidewalks or parking lots that have large cracks or holes

Specific laws governing the liability of employers cover slip-and fall-accidents occurring in the workplace as well. These laws include the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and state workplace safety laws, which impose a duty on employers to keep workplaces safe. State and federal laws continually change, and it’s important to choose a slip-and-fall lawyer who is up to date.

Additionally, state workers’ compensation laws usually govern lawsuits brought by employees against employers. Under these workers’ comp laws, employers are held strictly liable for injuries suffered by employees. In return for this liability, the workers’ compensation statute limits the amount of damages that an employee can recover.

Sometimes the government is responsible for keeping premises safe. For example, the city is responsible for maintaining a public parking lot it owns. If you slip on broken pavement in the city’s parking lot, the city government may be liable for your injuries. However, there are strict rules usually applying to lawsuits brought against federal, state and local governments.

Assault Is Another Type Of Premises Liability

Anytime you are not kept safe in a hotel, shopping center, health club or other building and something terrible happens, you may have just cause to pursue a premises liability case. In a hotel or health club, if the locks on the doors do not work, there is poor lighting or the area is unsupervised and you are assaulted or harmed, you may want to speak with an attorney about your rights and options.

Let’s Talk About What Happened

Being hurt or harmed by someone when it was preventable is egregious. We are here to help. We offer a free consultation so that you can better understand your rights and options. All personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing unless we win a verdict or settlement for you. Call 888-868-5615 or send us an email with your contact information. We have been serving all of Tampa for over 30 years.