What Should I Do if I Slip and Fall in a Store or Restaurant?
If you suffer serious injuries in any situation, you may need to seek immediate medical attention. However, if you have a little time before seeing a doctor, you can take steps to collect evidence. The most important thing you can do to preserve your rights to compensation is to talk to a Tampa premises liability attorney before you discuss your accident with anyone else.
Of course, not every accident in a store, restaurant or any public place justifies a claim or lawsuit. You must be able to prove negligence on the part of the property owner or manager. Florida statutes require you to prove that a business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of a dangerous condition and should have acted to correct it.
For example, assume you slip on a piece of fruit that was on a floor covered with countless other food items near a restaurant salad bar. You must prove the restaurant was negligent in the frequent cleanup activities necessary to protect the safety of customers. If you can take pictures of the floor, you can strengthen your legal claim.
Even when the circumstances behind slip and fall accidents are not as clear-cut as in this example, experienced Tampa accident attorneys use many investigative techniques to help prove negligence on the part of the business. They typically begin by visiting the accident scene to find long-term problems in the area of the accident, such as a ceiling leak causing a long-term water hazard. They can also sometimes uncover a historical record of similar accidents.
Aside from providing basic contact information to store management, do not discuss the accident or complete or sign any accident reports. Save the details for an attorney at Larson Johnson, P.L. We have the skills and resources to initiate an immediate investigation about the incident and we are dedicated to ensuring you recover just compensation for the expenses related to your injuries. Contact us for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help.