Clearwater Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
“Florida law imposes certain obligations on land-owners and businesses with regard to maintaining and repairing their premises. Our experience is that, in many circumstances, these obligations are ignored. We have extensive experience documenting and proving this negligence.” –Erik G. Abrahamson, Senior Partner
At Abrahamson and Uiterwyk, we have 30 years of experience helping accident victims. We have assisted over 20,000 accident victims get the compensation they deserve.
Through these years advocating for our clients, our slip and fall lawyers have learned the tactics big insurance companies use to deny claims.
Our knowledgeable Clearwater slip and fall lawyers pressure big insurance to pay victims of premises-related accidents.
What You Should Know About Our Firm
If you’re considering Abrahamson and Uiterwyk for your Clearwater premises liability claim, you should know some things about us.
We Have Extensive Slip and Fall Lawsuit Experience
We are passionate about helping accident victims recover the injury compensation they deserve. We have helped victims with premises liability injuries recover hundreds of millions in damages.
We Have the Resources to Handle Big Slip and Fall Cases
Abrahamson and Uiterwyk has more than ten attorneys and forty legal professionals available to help victims of slip and fall accidents. These professional resources allow us to handle complicated slip and fall cases with aggressive investigation, negotiation, and litigation.
You Can Easily Reach Us
During the time it takes to litigate your case, you may have questions that come up. We value open communication with our clients, so we make ourselves available on evenings and weekends.
You can reach us outside of business hours by phone, text, or email.
We Want to Win You Maximum Compensation
Our resources give us the investigative ability to research the full extent of your accident. We review medical and financial records, interview witnesses, and hire experts to establish the harm you suffered.
This extensive research and evidence gives us the power to pressure the insurance company for the settlement you deserve.
Florida Premises Liability Law
Premises liability law protects three types of people on another person’s property:
- Business visitors,
- Guests, and
These visitors receive a range of protection from harm when on another person’s property. Of these categories of visitors, business visitors receive the most protection while trespassers receive the least.
When you visit a business, the owner has a duty to keep you safe from harm or warn you of dangers. A business must inspect the property to find unsafe conditions that might harm customers.
If conditions like slippery floors or falling objects harm you while you’re in a business, the owner could be liable for your injury.
A guest on private property also receives protection from unsafe conditions. A homeowner does not have the duty to routinely inspect the property for dangerous conditions but should keep the property reasonably safe.
If there is a known danger, the homeowner must repair it or warn guests of dangerous conditions.
A trespasser is entitled to protection from intentional harm. For instance, a business owner or homeowner cannot set a dangerous trap to catch trespassers. However, a trespasser does not receive the other protections of business visitors and guests.
If you were harmed on someone else’s property, contact our Clearwater slip and fall accident lawyers to find out if you have a strong case for a lawsuit.
How to File a Slip and Fall Injury Claim in Clearwater
Florida property owners must keep their property in a safe condition to protect visitors. If property owners neglect this responsibility, they expose themselves to premises liability.
This means that you can sue a property owner if their negligence causes your injury. You need to prove the following things in a slip and fall claim.
The Property Owner Had a Duty of Care
First, you have to show that the property owner had a duty to provide safe conditions for visitors under Florida law. To establish the extent of the property owner’s duty, you will need to show whether you were a business visitor, a guest, or a trespasser.
The Property Owner Breached the Duty of Care
A property owner breaches or violates their duty by failing to remedy unsafe conditions or provide appropriate warnings. But what constitutes a breach will vary depending on the type of visitor you were. If you were a business visitor, your legal team must prove these elements of breach:
- The property owner knew or should have known there was an unsafe condition;
- The property actually had an unsafe condition;
- The hazardous condition was likely to cause injury; and
- The property owner failed to fix the unsafe condition or to warn visitors about the condition.
Here, you must prove that the property owner had enough time to address the unsafe condition or warn visitors about the danger. Proving this element of negligence requires experienced personal injury attorneys who can help gather evidence to bolster your claim.
The Breach of Duty Caused Injury
You also have to show that you were injured due to the unsafe condition on the property. You must have sustained an injury severe enough to require medical treatment or be eligible for other damages.
Common Damage Claims in a Slip and Fall Case
If you prove these elements of negligence, you will be eligible for compensatory damages. The legal term “compensatory damages” means compensation for the harm you suffered in an accident. Compensatory damages can include both economic and non-economic harm.
Economic damages pay you for the financial harm you suffered, including medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and lost wages.
Non-economic damages attempt to compensate for your emotional harm. After a slip and fall accident, harm might include pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life.
In addition to compensatory damages, you may be eligible for punitive damages. Though courts award punitive damages infrequently, this penalty may be appropriate if the property owner acted with reckless disregard for safety.
If that is true in your case, we will request that the judge or jury consider punitive damages.
What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
When you experience a slip and fall accident, you should take four steps to obtain maximum injury compensation.
Seek Medical Attention
First, get the medical treatment you need. Receiving prompt medical treatment improves your chances for both physical healing and financial recovery.
Document the Accident
If you don’t need immediate medical treatment, document the scene of the accident. Take photos and write notes to describe the property condition. Ask for the names and contact information of any witnesses to the incident.
Do Not Make These Mistakes
If you want maximum injury compensation for your slip and fall accident, avoid these mistakes:
- Failing to obtain medical evaluation or treatment,
- Failing to follow a doctor’s order,
- Speaking to the property insurance company without a slip and fall attorney to advise you, or
- Accepting a settlement offer before speaking with an attorney.
When you contact us for a free consultation, our Clearwater slip and fall attorneys will advise you on steps to take to improve your settlement potential.
Contact a Clearwater Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
After your accident, you should call a Clearwater slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. Experienced firms like Abrahamson and Uiterwyk offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee, meaning that you owe no fees or costs unless we win your case.
DO NOT DELAY!
You should contact an attorney quickly to enable your chances of a successful lawsuit. Our investigators are most effective at gathering information to support your claim soon after the accident.
After time passes, people’s memories fade, and paper and video evidence may be destroyed. Contact us immediately to give yourself the best opportunity for a successful lawsuit.
Speak to a Clearwater Slip and Fall Attorney Today
Do you want to discuss your claim with a Clearwater slip and fall lawyer? At Abrahamson and Uiterwyk, we offer a free consultation where we can review your accident experience and advise you of legal options.
If you hire our firm, we work on contingency, meaning that you do not owe us any fees or costs unless we win your case.
Contact us soon so that we can begin investigating your claim and advocating for maximum slip and fall compensation.