If you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Tampa, FL, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Contact Catania & Catania Injury Lawyers at (813) 222-8545 to schedule a free consultation. Our Tampa slip and fall lawyers will guide you through your legal options.
Florida law holds negligent property owners accountable when dangerous property conditions cause injuries to their guests and visitors. After a slip and fall accident, call our attorneys to discuss your case. At Catania & Catania, P.A, we have represented accident victims and their families in Tampa Bay for over 28 years.
How Catania & Catania, P.A. Can Help You After a Slip and Fall Accident in Tampa
After a serious fall, you should not be forced to fight an uncaring insurance company for the compensation you need. At Catania & Catania, P.A., we are committed to giving you the tireless legal representation you deserve.
Our award-winning law firm has recovered more than $500 million for our clients. These feats have earned us Martindale-Hubbell’s 2020 Silver Client Champion award and the “AV Preeminent” peer rating. Because we are a small law firm, we give your case the attention it deserves. But we are big enough to provide the resources it needs for success.
Choose our Tampa personal injury lawyers to represent you and count on us to:
- Provide trustworthy legal advice and support
- Handle administrative tasks and communications
- Investigate your accident to preserve evidence
- Work with specialists as needed to value your damages and prove negligence and causation
- Negotiate with the insurance company to reach a fair settlement based on an accurate valuation of your damages
- Take your case before a jury if a fair settlement cannot be reached
Contact Catania & Catania, P.A. today to schedule a free consultation at our Tampa, Florida law office.
How Common Are Slip and Fall Accidents in Tampa, FL?
Slip and fall accidents are more common and often more serious than many might believe. Anyone can be seriously injured in a slip and trip accident, including adults, children, and seniors.
Slip and falls are the number one cause of injury-related death among older adults. About 15,000 seniors suffer fatal injuries from slip and fall accidents every year. About half of all seniors who are hospitalized for a fractured hip, usually caused by a fall, are never able to live independently again.
It is not just seniors at risk of a serious slip and fall. There are over one million ER visits every year related to slips and falls. Slips and falls are also the top cause of workers’ compensation claims in the U.S. Nearly 700 workers were killed in workplace slip and trip accidents in one year, and another 48,000 suffered serious injuries from a fall on the job.
In a single year, Florida had a fall-related hospitalization rate of 347 per 100,000 people. Men had a higher rate of fatal falls than women. However, women had a higher rate of hospitalizations from a fall.
What is My Slip and Fall Accident Case Worth?
All slip and fall cases are unique and based on highly personal factors. The circumstances of your accident, available insurance coverage, and whether you share blame for your injuries all influence the value of your claim.
The best way to estimate the value of your slip and fall case is through a consultation with a Tampa personal injury lawyer. Contact Catania & Catania, P.A. today for a free case review to discuss your case.
What Kind of Damages Can I Recover After a Slip and Fall Accident?
A successful premises liability case allows you to recover compensation for all the damages you suffered. You are entitled to economic damages for your financial losses. Furthermore, you can receive non-economic damages for your emotional losses like pain and suffering.
Slip and fall injury victims are typically entitled to compensation for:
- Lost earnings. This includes lost wages while recovering and diminished earning capacity if you cannot return to your job.
- Medical care. This includes your current medical bills and anticipated medical needs in the future.
- Non-economic losses, including pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, disfigurement or scarring, mental anguish, and emotional distress.
Some of these damages, such as lost wages and current medical bills, are easy to calculate. We may work with specialists to accurately value your reduced earning capacity, future medical needs, and non-economic damages to ensure we leave nothing on the table.
Can I Still Recover Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for a Slip and Fall Accident in Florida?
It is common for slip and fall accident victims to be blamed unfairly for their accidents. The insurance company may claim you were not exercising reasonable caution, that the hazard was obvious, or that you did not mitigate damages. Even if you are found partially at fault for your injuries, you can still recover compensation under Florida’s pure comparative negligence statute.
This rule allows fault to be assigned to multiple parties. You are entitled to compensation even if you are 99% at fault for your trip and fall. However, your damages will then be reduced according to your share of liability. If you suffered $45,000 in damages but are assigned 15% of the blame, your recovery will be reduced to $38,250.
Do not let an insurance company unfairly shift blame. If you are being blamed for your accident, contact a Tampa slip and fall attorney as soon as possible.
We’ll Fight to Recover Fair Compensation for All Your Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Sadly, it’s a common misconception that slip, trip, and fall accidents are almost always minor. We understand all too well that slip and falls are one of the leading causes of accidental death, injury, fractures, and disability.
We represent clients who have suffered slip and fall injuries such as:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including herniated discs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck injuries
- Joint injuries, including ligament tears and sprains like ACL injuries
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones, including skull, hip, arm, hand, leg, vertebral, and facial fractures
We will help you document the severity of your injuries and demonstrate how your injuries impact your quality of life, health, and ability to work. Contact a Tampa slip and fall lawyer at Catania & Catania, P.A. to discuss how we will help you seek compensation for your injuries.
What Causes Most Slip and Fall Accidents in Tampa, Florida?
Slip and fall accidents can be the result of anything from inattention or improper footwear to dangerous conditions on the property. If you have suffered a slip and trip accident due to a hazard on someone else’s property, they may be liable for your injuries.
Common hazards that lead to slip and trip accidents include:
- Trip hazards, such as extension cords
- Spills, including liquid and powder
- Slippery flooring without anti-slip protection, such as a polished or waxed floor
- Uneven or damaged floors
- Unsafe stairs with worn or slippery steps or damaged handrails
- Inadequate lighting that prevents you from seeing hazards
- Damaged asphalt or concrete on stairs, parking lots, and sidewalks
An experienced Tampa slip and fall injury lawyer will carefully investigate the circumstances of your accident to determine how it happened. After evaluating the cause of your accident, we will identify all parties responsible for your harm.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Slip and Fall Accident in Tampa, FL?
Slip and fall accidents usually fall under premises liability, a unique area of personal injury law. This area of law holds Florida property owners accountable for injuries on their property caused by defective and dangerous conditions. Property owners are not automatically liable for damages for every injury on their property. Instead, property owners must maintain a property that is reasonably safe for visitors and guests.
Florida law requires property managers and owners to inspect their property and correct or warn about hazards.
To win your premises liability case after a slip and fall, a lawyer in Tampa will help you prove all four elements of negligence:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care
- They breached this duty.
- The breach caused your injuries.
- You suffered damages.
There are several classifications of visitors, which determine a property owner’s duty:
- Business invitees are on the property for some business purpose. This includes customers at a store and repair technicians on private property. These property owners must regularly inspect their property for dangerous conditions and provide adequate warning of any dangers to business invitees.
- Licensees are on a property with the owner’s permission or invitation but without a business purpose. A common example is a social guest. A property owner only has a duty to warn a licensee of known dangers.
- Trespassers are those on the property without the permission of the owner. A property owner has a very limited duty of care toward trespassers. They do not need to warn of known hazards in most cases.
There are many ways to prove the duty of care was breached. Your lawyer may show that the property owner failed to regularly inspect the property and perform repairs. This may be done through expert testimony, employee testimony, surveillance footage, maintenance logs, and procedure manuals.
How Long Do I Have to File a Slip and Fall Injury Lawsuit in Florida?
You have a limited amount of time to file a premises liability lawsuit after a slip and fall accident. The Florida statute of limitations is four years. You have only two years to file a wrongful death claim if your loved one died after the accident.
Do not delay your case. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes to gather and preserve evidence and prove negligence. Employees who could have provided vital testimony may quit, and surveillance footage and records can be lost. Contact a Tampa personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your case.
Contact a Tampa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
After a serious slip and fall accident, you will likely face an uphill battle proving a property owner’s negligence and seeking fair compensation from an insurance company. The insurer may minimize the severity of your injuries and offer a lowball settlement.
You do not need to face an uncaring insurance adjuster or wade through the legal claims process alone. Contact Catania & Catania, P.A. to schedule a free consultation with a Tampa slip and fall accident lawyer who cares. You pay nothing out of pocket for the sound legal representation you deserve.