Tampa Slip & Fall Lawyer
When you walk into a restaurant, slip on the wet floor, fall, and become injured, the restaurant owner should be held responsible. It is up to them and their staff to ensure the safety of their invitees by cleaning up spills, setting up caution signs around damp areas, and placing doormats at entrances to ward off the standing pools of water that would otherwise form there on rainy days. All property owners and business owners have a responsibility to everyone who enters their premises to provide a safe environment. However, in Florida it must be proven that the owner had knowledge of the property or business’ safety issue that caused your fall and injury. Without the ability to prove this knowledge, you will not succeed in court. Likewise, if the fall was not due to the conditions, but your own mistake or imbalance, the business or property owner cannot be held liable. In order to discuss the conditions of your fall and your injuries, contact an experienced Tampa slip & fall lawyer today to find out what kind of case you may have.
Falls are the Second Leading Cause of Unintentional Injury Across the Globe
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), falls account for the second highest number of unintentional injury deaths worldwide, second only to motor vehicle collisions. While tens of thousands of people die each year from injury complications stemming from falls at work, home, and in stores, millions more take less than fatal tumbles that end in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, irreversible spinal cord damage, and torn ligaments. For every fatality, there are dozens of cases of paralyzation and serious traumatic brain injury that result in permanent disability or over a week in intensive care, as well as hundreds upon hundreds of hospitalizations for less deadly, yet still incredibly traumatic injuries. According to the National Floor Institute, falls account for eight million emergency room visits across the U.S. annually, while slip and falls account for one million emergency room visits annually, representing the first and second leading reasons for emergency room visits, respectively.
Who is Most Likely to Fall and Become Injured?
Everyone is at risk of a slip and fall injury. However, 20-30 percent of older fall victims (65 years old or more) sustain a moderate to severe level of injury with each fall due to less resilient bones, muscles, and tendons. A loss of balance and depth perception makes an older person more likely to fall than a younger adult as well. However, while older people are more prone to falls, and more likely to sustain a serious injury from a fall, slip and falls affect people of all ages. Children are the second leading group in fall injuries. And, while males are slightly more likely to suffer a fatality from a fall, females are more likely to be injured in falls than males.
Contact our Experienced Tampa Slip & Fall Lawyers Today
If you were involved in a slip and fall incident and suffered an injury, don’t face the legal system alone. Instead, contact an experienced Tampa slip & fall lawyer with the The Pendas Law Firm today at 1-888-573-6327 for help.