A short walk to leave your apartment should not be dangerous. But for a Pasco County woman, a loose step caused her harm. Many area renters live in big apartment complexes with three or four floors. They trust that the landlord and management company will respond to their complaints of repairs being needed and walk the grounds to look out for issues. But in this case, that did not occur. Instead of responding to numerous inquiries, the step remained loose and caused her to fall and sustain a herniated lumbar disc. A few surgeries later, she is feeling better, but in the meanwhile she has dealt with a lot of pain and medical bills.
In slip and fall incidents in Florida, individuals can take legal action to get compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and associated costs. The injured party must show who was negligent and how the slip and fall occurred because of a company’s carelessness. Landlords, apartment management companies, and stores are supposed to make individuals aware of any hazardous conditions. A sign to detour a route or a letter in the mail could have prevented the woman from harm while the company fixed the loose step.
Property owners should take prompt action on issues like a loose step as it is hardly reasonable to expect apartment dwellers to hop or skip a step each time they go up – especially when bringing home the groceries or doing laundry a few floors down.
However, the law provides an analysis of each party’s fault that can result in greatly reduced recoveries. As part of that process, the victim must show how long the owner neglected the danger and if the owner has regular procedures to maintain the property. Evidence is crucial in these types of cases, so photos of the area, online repair requests or apartment guidelines, and any neighbors who documented it can be crucial. Courts will want to see your evidence and the owners must prove that they truly did inspect the grounds and public areas of the apartment building regularly for safety and normal upkeep.
Slip and fall accidents happen all too often at apartment buildings, retail stores, and even private residences. The Zephyrhills serious injury attorney Robert Alston counsels many clients who have suffered moderate to severe injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence. Alston is accomplished in investigating all the facts of the case, including why the object was not fixed, why a barrier or warning was not posted, and how inadequate lighting contributed to the incident.
Alston & Baker, P.A. is known for upholding their client’s rights against an insurance company and the individual or company who caused the injury. Since 2002, the firm has helped many clients in Zephyrhills and the greater Tampa Bay area.
For more information please contact:
Robert C. Alston, Zephyrhills Serious Injury Attorney
Alston & Baker, P.A.
5518 Seventh Street
Zephyrhills, Florida 33542
Toll-free line: 1-888-500-5245
Robert Alston is with Alston & Baker, PA. To contact a Zephyrhills personal injury lawyer, Zephyrhills divorce lawyer, or Zephyrhills social security lawyer, call 1.888.500.5245 or visit http://www.alstonbakerlaw.com.