Sidewalk Accidents in Florida | What Are My Legal Options?
Sidewalk accidents can result in severe physical and financial burdens. If you were hurt in one, do not wait to reach out to our firm today to discuss your legal options with a dedicated Hillsborough County slip and fall lawyer.Get Your Case Started
Who can be held responsible for sidewalk accidents?
In most instances, people may find that their city or municipality is accountable for maintaining the sidewalks. However, this obligation generally falls on the property owner. For instance, if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of another person’s home, the homeowner may be held responsible. This also applies to stores, restaurants, municipal buildings, etc. Because of this, it is not always obvious who is liable for a sidewalk accident, which is why it is important that you retain the services of a skilled personal injury attorney that can help you make this distinction.
What steps should I take when pursuing legal action?
If you were hurt on a sidewalk and would like to pursue legal action, there are a number of steps you will need to take. To begin, keep in mind that the injured party is responsible for satisfying the burden of proof. Essentially, this means that you are accountable for providing proof of the negligence that resulted in your accident and injuries. You can accomplish this by taking the following measures after your accident:
- Call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, interview witnesses, keep the premises safe, and more.
- Seek medical attention. It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or a local urgent care facility right after an accident occurs. This is because you could have sustained a serious injury without recognizing it. Also, some injuries do not start to show symptoms until days or even weeks after the injury. By getting medical help, you can also receive important documentation summarizing the origin and extent of your injuries. It is critical that you ask your doctor for this information.
- Document the scene. Take plenty of photos and videos of the dangerous conditions that caused your accident. If someone saw the accident occur, you will want to ask for their name and contact information, so that they can confirm your version of events at a later date.
Our legal team has experience representing clients impacted by sidewalk accidents. If you were hurt in one, do not wait to reach out to a skilled Tampa personal injury lawyer today.
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