St. Petersburg Slip and Fall Lawyer

Oldham & Delcamp represents victims of slip and fall accidents, helping them recover damages for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

Slip and Fall Accidents in St. Petersburg

Property owners have a duty to address and remove hazards so guests are safe. Unfortunately, some businesses and other properties are full of dangerous hazards that lead to slips and falls. If you’re a victim of a slip and fall accident, you might have serious injuries, plus emotional pain. You might even feel angry because your injuries could have been prevented if the property owner had addressed the problem.
Fortunately, you can take legal action against the property owner. A St. Petersburg slip and fall lawyer will help you file a claim to collect damages. This will also allow you to hold the property owner accountable and protect others from hazards.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Because slip and fall injuries are often serious, filing a legal claim is necessary. You need compensation to get medical care to recover. Common injuries from St. Petersburg slip and fall accidents include:

PROVING SLIP AND FALL CLAIMS

Your St. Petersburg slip and fall lawyer must prove that the property owner was liable and that the accident caused your injuries. Proving liability can be challenging. Your attorney has to show that the owner either knew or should have reasonably discovered the hazard on the property and didn’t do anything to fix it. Proving this shows that the property owner breached the duty of care.
Second, the attorney must prove that the hazard caused the accident and that the accident led to the injuries. The property owner’s attorney might claim that you were already injured before the accident and not entitled to damages. Your attorney will use medical records and expert witnesses to prove that the accident caused your injuries, and you deserve compensation.

PURE COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE

The property owner’s insurance company might argue that you contributed to the accident and shouldn’t recover damages. Under Florida’s pure comparative negligence law, you can recover damages, even if you contributed to the accident. As long as the other party is at least partially responsible, you can file a claim and receive compensation.
Your St. Petersburg slip and fall lawyer will investigate the case to determine if you actually did contribute to the accident. It’s not unusual for the attorney to find the client didn’t contribute, even though the insurance company says he or she did. After investigating the case, your attorney will value your claim based on your degree of liability, if any.

DO YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR?

You need to see a doctor to diagnose and treat your injuries after a slip and fall accident. Visit the doctor immediately, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms. If you have a traumatic brain injury or another serious condition, you might not notice symptoms right away. Getting medical care could save your life. Medical documentation will also help your claim. If you do not visit the doctor shortly after the accident, the insurance company can argue that you weren’t seriously injured and don’t require compensation.

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SLIP AND FALL CASES IN ST. PETERSBURG

Florida has a statute of limitations in place for all personal injury claims, including slip and fall accidents. The law gives you four years from the date of the accident to file the claim. The statute of limitations protects property owners since it ensures that evidence will still be fresh when the claim is filed. It also protects plaintiffs. You are more likely to have a successful claim when you file it immediately, while you can still benefit from witness statements, videos, and other evidence.

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