Florida Premises Liability Attorneys
Florida is home to countless malls, restaurants, and other attractions. While these properties serve up fun experiences, they can also pose a serious injury risk to visitors. Every day, Americans are hurt at establishments because the owners did not take the necessary steps to secure their properties and protect their patrons. This is considered a breach of the owners’ duty of care.
If you were seriously hurt while visiting someone else’s property and believe you have grounds for a claim, turn to the legal team at Donaldson & Weston. Our attorneys can evaluate the incident from all angles to help you identify the liable parties and determine the best way forward. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation.
What Losses Can I Pursue in a Premises Liability Case?
Premises liability claims often involve incredibly serious injuries. Due to someone else’s negligence, the victims are often left to fend for themselves, struggling under the burden of mounting medical debt and grappling with the hard work of healing. Fortunately, you may have the right to seek compensation for losses such as:
- Lost Wages: In the event that you were sidelined from work due to your injuries, you may be able to recover damages for any missed paychecks. If you are expected to miss work in the future or your injuries have impacted your earning capacity, you could also be entitled to compensation for loss of future earnings.
- Medical Costs: Even minor conditions can cost thousands of dollars to treat, and catastrophic injuries can lead to a lifetime of medical expenses. As such, based on the nature of your condition, your medical bills will likely make up a significant part of your premises liability claim.
- Pain and Suffering: While there are no receipts for emotional distress or invoices for trauma, you may be able to seek damages for the psychological effects of your condition. These intangible losses can be difficult to prove. Your attorney may ask you to start a personal injury journal to help demonstrate the full impacts of your injury on your wellbeing.
- Other Costs: After an accident, you might be strapped with a range of unexpected expenses. From modifying your home to accommodate your injuries to paying for alternative transportation to hiring a nanny to take care of your children while you recover, these are just a few examples of costs that could be factored into your potential recovery.
What Should I Do to Protect My Case?
After sustaining a serious injury, it’s not easy to stay calm. However, the actions you take immediately after this traumatic moment could have a major impact on the outcome of your premises liability case. Taking a deep breath and assessing your options could help you build a solid foundation for your claim. Below are a few steps you should take after suffering a premises liability injury:
- Write Down What You Can Remember: What were you doing before the accident? What happened immediately afterward? What did you or others on the property say? Did you admit fault? Were there any surveillance cameras on the property? Did anyone else see the accident take place? Your first account of the accident should seek to answer these questions. It may help to snap pictures of the injuries you sustained and share these with your attorney during your initial consultation.
- Track Your Expenses: From your medical bills to repair costs to lost wages, you will need to be diligent about tracking your expenses to help prove damages when you file your claim. Evidence of these losses may include receipts, invoices, medical records, letters from your employer, bank statements, and other financial documents.
- Seek Immediate Medical Treatment: Even if you believe your injuries aren’t serious enough to warrant a doctor’s appointment, you should always get a medical evaluation after an accident. Not only do many serious conditions initially present with minor or latent symptoms, but seeking immediate medical treatment could also help you mitigate disputes down the line. For instance, if you skipped this crucial step, the insurance company may argue that your injuries cannot be that serious if you didn’t require urgent care.
- Gather Evidence: While your lawyer will conduct their own investigation, you can still assist your attorney by gathering evidence at the scene. For instance, taking photos of the hazard that led to your injuries—such as slick floors—could help your lawyer prove liability and causation. You should also take down the contact details of any eyewitnesses and note the locations of nearby surveillance cameras that may have captured footage of the incident.
Speak to a Florida Premises Liability Attorney Today
Our premises liability attorneys in Florida have decades of collective experience handling these cases. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today at 772-266-5555.