You may be quick to place your trust in a property owner upon entering their premises. But it is an unfortunate truth that sometimes they betray your trust by failing to maintain their premises. And if they do so, you may suffer serious injuries and damages. Read on to discover how to assign fault to a property owner in an injury claim and how a seasoned Tampa slip and fall lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you build a strong legal strategy.
What are examples of slip and fall accidents on another party’s property?
First of all, a slip and fall accident may occur on either a private property or a publicly-owned property. For example, you may trip on a flight of stairs that leads to a party’s residential home. Or, you may fall from a spill that was left in the aisle of a supermarket. Additional examples of slip and fall accidents are as follows:
- You may slip and fall due to a lack of “wet floor” signage on another party’s walkways.
- You may slip and fall due to a lack of lighting on another party’s walkways.
- You may slip and fall due to improperly placed floor mats on another party’s entranceways.
- You may slip and fall due to a pothole left unfilled in another party’s parking lot.
- You may slip and fall due to a crack left unfixed or weather-related debris left uncleared on another party’s sidewalk.
What’s more, it is not commonly known that an inadequate security system may be grounds for a slip and fall claim. This is because this may cause a crime or another illicit activity to ensue, which may have been easily prevented otherwise.
How do I assign fault to a property owner in my slip and fall accident claim?
In your slip and fall accident claim, you must make efforts towards proving that the incident was due to no fault of your own; rather, it was due to the fault of the property owner. This may require a great deal of evidence (i.e., a police report, a store accident report, photos and videos, witness testimonies, etc.) that points to the following circumstances as true:
- A property owner held a certain duty of care when you visited their premises.
- A property owner knew, or should have reasonably known, about a hazard before you visited their premises.
- A property owner failed to rectify the hazard before you visited their premises.
- You suffered serious injuries and damages upon encountering the hazard on their premises.
At the end of the day, if you wish to pursue legal action, you need a competent Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer by your side. Contact Merricks Law Group, P.A. to retain our services today.