A torn ligament or tendon is painful and sometimes debilitating if it affects your ability to walk. It can take weeks to months to fully recover. You may even need rehabilitation to regain full mobility.
You have the right to seek payment for your torn tissue if the injury occurred because of someone else’s negligence. Property owners must make sure their visitors are safe from hazards. Failing to properly manage their building, home, or other property can result in accidents and damages.
The owner might be responsible for paying medical bills and other covered losses if they negligently caused the accident. A Clearwater torn ligaments and tendons caused by slip and fall lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can review your claim. Call us at 1-800-747-3733 with your questions and more information on seeking financial reimbursement for your torn ligaments or tendons.
Who Is Responsible for Your Torn Ligaments and Tendons
The property owner is responsible for your injuries if you were hurt while you were on the property legally. The state requires owners to maintain a reasonably safe environment.
Florida Statutes §768.72 states that anyone who owns, has controlling interest, or is financially responsible for a property may be liable for damages if they are at fault for:
- Intentional misconduct: They knew the high risk and encouraged the action that resulted in injury anyway. For example, a building owner was aware of a mechanical problem with an elevator but did not tell patrons about its potential hazard.
- Gross negligence: They were reckless or indifferent about your safety. For instance, a property manager knew about a worn handrail but did not replace or fix it.
The property owner may not be the only party liable for covered damages. Any person who has the right to control access to the premise might also be responsible. A neglectful store manager would be just as accountable for your injuries as the owner of the building or company.
However, owners are not always at fault or responsible for injuries that occur on their property. The owner’s liability will depend on the injured person and their relationship to the location, such as the following:
- Invitees are those the owner invites onto the property. This legal invitation also includes implied encouragement, such as at stores and certain businesses. The owner has the utmost level of liability for invitees.
- Licensees are those who enter the property by their choice. Property owners might not be aware of licensees on their property. A few examples include stepping into your neighbor’s yard while walking your dog or being in a shopping center parking lot during closed hours. The property owner has three obligations to licensees – not intentionally endangering them, warning them of known hazards, and not neglecting the property so that it would injure others.
- Trespassers are those the owner does not know are on the premises. Owners are still responsible for not intentionally harming trespassers.
The owner of the property where you were injured might be liable for reimbursement for your torn ligament or tendon. You will need to establish proof that they were negligent or committed misconduct that led to your injury.
Personal Injury Claims from Slip and Falls
As the plaintiff, you have the burden of showing proof of neglect or misconduct, according to Florida Statutes §768.725. Our team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine provides responsive legal care and may be able to help you with your personal injury case. A Clearwater torn ligaments and tendons caused by slip and fall lawyer can look over your claim and establish which evidence would support your case.
Evidence might include:
- Photos of where the injury happened.
- Witness statements.
- Documentation like an incident or injury report.
- Medical records about your torn ligament or tendon.
When determining your compensation amount, other evidence can be useful. For example, your medical bills can help calculate the financial losses you suffered because of the injury.
Covered Damages from a Torn Ligament or Tendon
In addition to your current and past medical bills, you should also consider any upcoming healthcare-related costs from the injury. You should include future expenses, such as surgery, therapy, or medication.
If you missed work because of your injury, you could ask for reimbursement for your lost income. A torn tendon or ligament can keep you out of work for weeks or months. You will still need money for living expenses if you are unable to earn an income.
Torn or overstretched tissue is painful. You may seek payment for your pain and suffering. Even when you are on the mend, your therapy can cause your pain to flare up.
Let Us Go the Extra Mile for You
It can be difficult to get around when you tear a ligament or tendon. Walking might be a struggle if the injury occurred in your ankles, knees, or hips. It would be best if you focused on your recovery rather than battling for compensation.
You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else. Your Clearwater torn ligaments and tendons caused by slip and fall lawyer from our firm, as well as other members of our team, can handle the more difficult parts of your case.
Most property owners have insurance to cover them in case of a lawsuit, including homeowners’ insurance, property insurance, and corporate insurance. In most cases, you will not speak with the owner directly. Instead, their insurance company typically speaks on their behalf.
The insurance representatives might attempt to pay as little as possible while negotiating a settlement. At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we will fight for the best possible outcome. Call us at 1-800-747-3733 to speak with one of our team members about your injury claim.
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