According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five falls results in serious injuries such as broken bones or head injuries. Carpeting that covers high footfall areas can quickly become worn and ripped, causing a hazard to people’s health and safety.
Injuries from tripping or falling on a torn or ripped carpet can have severe consequences for your immediate and long-term health and finances. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident caused by ripped or torn carpeting, you may be able to claim compensation.
Knowing how to make a claim is not always easy. Establishing liability and negligence is an essential step in a personal injury case and can make the legal process challenging to navigate alone, especially if you are recovering from an injury at the same time.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine and discuss your situation with us in a free case review. A Tampa slip and fall injury lawyer may be able to help you determine the most suitable legal options available to you.
Where Trip and Fall Accidents May Happen and What to Do If You Are Injured
When a business, property owner, or government agency fails to maintain their property or warn visitors or residents of potential dangers, they may be liable if a person injures themselves in a fall. Common places these accidents happen may include:
- The workplace
- In long-term healthcare or nursing facilities
- Rental properties
- Properties and businesses open to the public
- Children’s play areas
What to Do After a Trip or Fall on a Worn Carpet
After seeking medical assistance, it is important to report your accident to the responsible person at the place where you were injured so it can be appropriately documented. Your Tampa carpet that is ripped or torn lawyer can then request to see this documentation along with any other records of similar occurrences, which could indicate the carpet posed a hazard for some time.
We can also gather information from witnesses such as other employees, shop assistants, or other customers who could confirm the carpet has been ripped or torn for a while. We may be able to use this information, along with other supporting documents such as medical records and other reports, to build a robust case.
Finally, we can help you estimate your claim’s value and negotiate for a fair settlement with insurers on your behalf. It is important to us that your current needs and any expenses you may have in the future are met to protect your health and financial well-being.
A Simple Trip or Fall Can Have Devastating Consequences
Many people think of trip or fall accidents as being trivial; however, victims can suffer debilitating injuries and other consequences such as:
- Hip fractures
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Anxiety and reduced participation in everyday activities from fear of falling again
- Prolonged periods of being unable to work
- Financial pressures from lost earnings and medical expenses
If you have been hurt after tripping or falling on a worn carpet, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 for guidance on proceeding with a claim. If you are eligible for compensation, we can help you gather all the information you will need to support your claim and fight for a fair settlement, which considers both your current and future expenses.
Checking Eligibility for Compensation in a Free Case Review
Understandably, many clients like to know how much their settlement could be worth. As each person’s situation is unique, it is difficult to estimate your claim’s worth before examining the facts of your case in detail and the impact of your injuries on your everyday life. As a general overview, however, the following types of compensation are typical in many personal injury cases:
- Current and ongoing medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Emotional harm such as anxiety and depression
- Wrongful death
If you need legal support and advice about compensation, a lawyer may be able to help you understand your rights and how to navigate the claim process. Do not worry if things appear complicated. If you are in any doubt about what to do, feel free to contact us. We are happy to help, and there is no charge for assessing your case.
How a Tampa Carpeting that Is Ripped or Torn Lawyer Could Help
Establishing negligence can be challenging in personal injury cases, as is determining who is responsible for compensating you for your injuries. Typically, you will need to demonstrate the following four elements:
- The property owner where you tripped or fell on the torn carpet owed you a duty of care
- The duty of care was breached by the property owner’s careless action or their failure to act
- The breach of care resulted in your injuries
- You consequently suffered damage and harm
Negligence is often hotly contested in many cases. The at-fault party will likely have legal representation that will attempt to refute or mitigate their responsibility for the accident and your injuries. A lawyer may be able to help you to overcome this by:
- Investigating the cause of the accident
- Identifying responsible parties
- Gathering and preserving evidence
- Proving liability
- Estimating the value of your claim, including current and ongoing expenses
- Negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company
- Reviewing settlement offers
- Representing you in court, where necessary
As per Florida Statute §95.11, you have four years to begin a personal injury claim. While this may seem like a long time, it can be beneficial to act sooner rather than later to allow your lawyer enough time to preserve and gather the evidence required to support your case. Good examples to highlight this point include contacting witnesses while the details are fresh in their memory, or requesting data before it can be legally deleted.
Reach Out for Legal Support to Get You Back On Your Feet Today
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we aim to provide transparent and responsive legal care when we pursue the cost of your accident-related expenses. We offer a free case evaluation and are interested in learning about your situation, and we can also address any concerns or questions you may have about the claims process. Call and speak to our dedicated team today to learn more about how a Tampa carpeting that is ripped or torn lawyer may be able to help.
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