How do Tampa premises liability cases arise?
When many people think of injuries that occur on other people’s property in Tampa, they think of slip and fall accidents. It is certainly true that slip and fall incidents are the most common types of premises liability cases that arise. The most common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- Spills or leaks that are not promptly cleaned
- Not using a “wet floor” sign after mopping
- Loose flooring material (such as floorboards or carpeting)
- Inadequate lighting and walking spaces
- Low lying obstacles on pedestrian pathways
However, not all premises liability incidents arise due to slip and fall accidents. There are many other causes of premises liability cases in Tampa, including the following:
- Inadequate maintenance on the property
- Negligent or inadequate security
- Swimming pool or hot tub injuries
- Dog bite incidents
- Attractive nuisance cases (injuries to children)
The bottom line is that property owners have a duty to ensure that those who have a right to be on the premises are reasonably safe from hazards that could occur. If there are any known hazards on a person’s premises, the property owner has a duty to adequately warn guests of the hazard.
Most common premises liability injuries
There are various types of injuries that can arise due to the premises liability incidents mentioned above. Tampa premises liability lawyer Paul Rebein regularly helps clients who have sustained the following:
- Severe sprains or strains
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Lacerations or puncture wounds
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Drowning or near-drownings
Timeframe to file a Tampa premises liability claim
It is important to report premises liability incidents to the property owners as well as respective insurance carriers as soon as possible. Failing to report a claim quickly could result in an insurance carrier delaying or denying a claim or in the property owner saying that the incident did not occur.
It may be necessary to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent property owner in order to secure the compensation you need. The Florida statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years from the date the injury occurs. This gives victims in a Tampa premises liability case a four-year window with which to file their lawsuit where they lose the ability to recover any compensation.
What kind of compensation is available in these cases?
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury due to the negligent or careless actions of a property owner, there may be various types of compensation you are entitled to. Tampa premises liability lawyer Paul Rebein has extensive experience helping clients recover the following types of compensation in these situations:
- Coverage of all emergency medical bills related to the incident
- Compensation for extended physical therapy and follow up medical visits
- Lost income if a victim is unable to work while they recover
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Pain and suffering damages
Attorney Paul Rebein knows that no two premises liability cases in Tampa are exactly alike, and the total amount of compensation awarded will vary depending on factors related to each particular situation. This includes the severity of the injury, whether a victim is disabled, whether the victim had any shared fault for the incident, and more.
What about shared liability in these cases
There is a misconception that anybody who shares some blame for causing their own injury will not be able to recover compensation in a premises liability case. That is simply not true. Florida operates under a comparative negligence system, which means that a person can recover compensation for their injuries even if they were partially to blame for the incident.
Florida goes further than most states concerning shared fault laws and operates under a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that injury victims can recover compensation for their losses regardless of how much fault they had for the incident (up to 99% at fault). In these cases, the total amount of compensation a person receives will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
For example, is a person is awarded $10,000 in total compensation after a slip and fall injury at a grocery store, but a jury determines that the victim was 20% responsible for their injury because they were texting and walking, then the victim would receive $80,000 in total compensation instead of the full amount.
Contact our Tampa premises liability lawyer today
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury on another person’s, you may need to seek legal assistance. If your injury was caused by the careless or negligent actions of the property owner, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorney Paul Rebein is ready to help and will conduct a full investigation into your claim. This can include:
- Obtaining all evidence needed to prove liability (video or photo surveillance, eyewitness statements, accident reports, and more).
- Working with medical professionals to ensure the well-being of his client and to help calculate their total losses.
- Negotiating with every party involved to secure the compensation his client needs.
If you need a Tampa premises liability lawyer, contact us for a free consultation So we can get started as soon as possible.