Most of us do not consider sidewalks to be dangerous places, and for obvious reasons–they don’t move, we generally walk down them at a moderate pace, and, of course, they are never the destination–only a means to get there. Unfortunately, sidewalk accidents are not at all uncommon here in Florida, and if you’ve been injured in one, you must retain the services of a knowledgeable Tampa sidewalk accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Merricks Law Group today to learn more about how our firm can help you.
Why Hire a Tampa Sidewalk Accident Lawyer?
When someone is injured on a sidewalk in Tampa, they should hire a sidewalk accident attorney who has an in-depth knowledge of property ownership in Florida. In many cases, a private property owner will be the liable party, and in other cases, we will have to sue a municipality for your injuries. Our Hillsborough County personal injury attorney has the knowledge and resources needed to assess the circumstances of your accident and proceed as efficiently as possible.
Frequent Causes of Sidewalk Accidents
Sidewalk accidents can happen for a number of reasons, and at times, we slip and fall as a result of a simple misstep, and there is really no one to blame but ourselves. However, in many cases, people are injured in sidewalk accidents as a result of property owners failing to ensure their sidewalks are safe for all passersby. Some of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents are as follows:
- Uneven pavement
- Debris left uncleared
- Large cracks
- Standing water
- Surface issues
As long as you can prove that the sidewalk owner knew or should have known about the unsafe sidewalk conditions, failed to take prompt action to fix them, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result, you should recover financial compensation for your damages.
The two types of damages in Florida are economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover the financial cost of your injury (lost wages, surgeries, in-home care, rehabilitation, etc.), while non-economic damages deal with certain incalculable, albeit very real damages, such as the pain and suffering you’ve sustained as a result of your accident.
Statute of Limitations for Sidewalk Accidents in Florida
The statute of limitations for most sidewalk accidents in Florida is four years, giving those who’ve been wrongly injured in sidewalk accidents four years from the date of their accident to pursue compensation from the negligent party. That being said, if you were injured on property owned by a municipality, such as a post office, you will have to file a Notice of Claim in a shorter period of time, which is generally three years. From here, you will have to wait 180 days to file your personal injury claim. Do not delay–speak with our firm today.
Contact Our Tampa Sidewalk Accident Lawyer
When someone is injured in a sidewalk accident, it is critical that they hire a personal injury attorney who has years of experience representing slip and fall accident victims in Hillsborough County and throughout the state of Florida. Our seasoned Tampa personal injury lawyers are ready to represent you in your pursuit of financial compensation after sustaining an injury in a sidewalk accident. Contact Merricks Law Group today to schedule your free initial consultation.