Who Is Responsible For A Slippery Or Unsafe Surface?
Most of us have gone to restaurants, amusement parks, pools or other places of recreation. Almost all of us must go to grocery stores or shopping centers for the things we need each week. When places are not properly maintained, they can become unsafe. This can lead to a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall. When this happens and you get hurt, the Florida trial team at Clark | Martino, is here to help.
What Causes An Unsafe Surface?
Most often, spilling a liquid causes a floor to be slippery. This may happen in a bar, restaurant, food court, fish market or grocery store. When staff members fail to warn patrons that a floor is slippery or there is not enough light to see a spill, accidents can happen. But a slippery surface is not the only thing that can cause us to slip or trip. An ice machine, refrigerator or freezer that is not properly maintained can leak and cause a puddle. If store stock is left in the aisles, we may trip over it. A parking lot can buckle, causing a tripping hazard. Potholes in walking areas and deep cracks in sidewalks can also cause someone to stumble and get hurt. These instances fall under a category of law known as premises liability.
The Five Most Common Slip-And-Fall Injuries
When we slip or trip and fall, anyplace on our bodies can be injured. Sometimes, we are lucky and suffer only a strained muscle or bruise. But other times, the injuries are much more serious and can even be fatal. The most common injuries after a fall are:
- Broken bones – most often, the wrist, ankle or hip
- Shoulder injuries
- Back injuries, including spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries from impact, also called traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Sprains and fractures – knees are often twisted when we try to break our fall by twisting
If you are wondering whether your trip or slip is something worth pursuing, it makes sense to talk to an attorney who specifically handles personal injury cases. Consultations are always free, and cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing upfront.
What To Do Next?
If you or someone you care about slipped and tripped or fell and got hurt in a public place or private residence in Tampa, it’s time to talk to an attorney about what happened. We have helped hundreds of people understand their rights and pursue litigation when warranted. We have an excellent record of success, as demonstrated by our recovery of over $300 million for our injured clients. When we take your case, we pursue full medical and financial support for you. We always offer injured people a free consultation. You pay us nothing unless we take your case and win a settlement (out of court) or verdict (in court) for you. Call 813-879-0700 or send our team your contact information and the best way to get in touch with you.