Slip and Fall Attorneys
Trust Our Experience When You’ve Suffered a Slip and Fall Injury
Property owners have a legal obligation to make sure their property is safe and properly maintained and they may be held legally responsible when people who are present on their premises suffer injury there. If you have suffered a slip and fall accident as a result of a property owner’s negligence, we can help secure the compensation you need for recovery. Premises liability legal actions are often brought against property owners when victims of negligence suffer injuries due to:
- Broken or cracked sidewalks
- Slippery or wet floors
- Falls on escalators and elevators
- Unprovoked dog bites and attacks
- Falling objects
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals or toxic materials
- Assault or other criminal acts of others
- Other circumstances
The experienced Tampa Bay slip and fall attorneys and premises liability attorneys at Carlson & Meissner Hart & Hayslett, P.A. have more than 125 years of combined experience helping people who have been injured by slip and fall or trip and fall accidents due to negligence in:
- Retail stores
- Shopping malls
- Parking lots
- Apartment buildings
- Public roads
- Public buildings/areas
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. When there is a dangerous or hazardous condition that the property owner knows about or should have known about, that property owner can be held responsible for the injuries resulting from their negligence or failure to maintain a safe environment. Hazardous conditions can include spilled liquid in a supermarket, uneven or cracked pavement, or a pothole in a parking lot. Sometimes the dangerous condition may be concealed or partially concealed, such as a spike or a hole in a lawn area that is covered by grass. Many warehouse (big-box) stores improperly stack merchandise, causing it to fall and seriously injure innocent bystanders. Goods that are stacked too high, not properly secured or displays that are improperly built may fall and cause injuries to patrons.
Our office employs its own dedicated, experienced accident investigator who, in conjunction with our Tampa slip and fall attorneys, coordinates and provides prompt, economical and thorough investigative services.
The Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett Tampa Slip and Fall Attorney Team is here to help
The experienced slip and fall attorneys at Carlson & Meissner act quickly to investigate your injury, preserve evidence on your behalf, and document the condition that caused the injury before the property owner corrects it. In the case of a permanent hazard, such as uneven concrete or cracked pavement, we help determine if the owner knew of the hazard and was negligent in failing to have it repaired in a timely manner.
If the hazard causing the injury was temporary, such as spilled liquid in the store aisle, it is important to determine how long the condition was allowed to continue. If the spill had just occurred and the property owner had no time to be notified of it and correct it, he may not be liable for any fall caused by the temporary condition. However, if the spill remained for some length of time (as perhaps evidenced by cart tracks through a floor spill) or if the spill occurred repeatedly or in a section of the store where the owner should expect spills, he may be liable for injuries even if he did not know about the spill before a fall occurred.
Proving the circumstances surrounding a slip and fall accident can be difficult. It is important to document:
- The fall
- The conditions that caused the fall (via photo or videotape)
- The names and addresses of any witnesses
- Any comments by store employees or building owners about previous occurrences.
- The protection of any surveillance photo or videotape
It is also imperative to notify the owner of the premises about the slip and fall injury when it occurs and get a record of any report made about the incident. Preserving the clothing and shoes worn at the time of a fall is often important to document falls caused by spilled liquid or to document evidence of injury. You should not postpone seeing a physician when you have been injured. Injuries may be more severe than you think. Seeing a doctor can also serve to properly document the injury and connect it with the date of the incident.
Call us at (877) 728-9653 or schedule a free initial consultation.
Our personal injury attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., fight for our clients’ rights and maximum compensation in slip and fall accidents in Clearwater, Tampa, Bradenton, Spring Hill, and New Port Richey. We proudly serve Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Hillsborough and Hernando Counties in Florida. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto, truck, motorcycle or slip and fall accident, request your free consultation and case review. Put our more than 35 years of experience to work for you.
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