Tree Injury Attorneys Representing North Tampa Residents
If you were hurt in a tree accident on someone else’s property in the North Tampa area, the injury attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help you pursue a claim for damages. We provide tree accident injury victims with capable and aggressive legal representation. Our lawyers can help you prove your case against the property owner, or any other party, responsible for your injuries. With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, we offer seasoned advocacy to get the compensation you need for your injuries. Contact us today to see how we can help.
Tree Accident Injuries on Someone Else’s Property
These kinds of injuries often occur when an improperly maintained tree harms an unsuspecting guest, visitor, or even a trespasser. Poorly maintained trees pose a danger to anyone in close proximity. Overgrowth, decaying branches and limbs, and exposed roots may lead to severe and potentially life-threatening injuries. For example, a victim may suffer serious brain injuries if a decaying branch breaks off a tree and lands on a victim’s head. A victim may also trip and fall on a tree’s exposed roots and sustain fractures.
Many tree accident victims are injured while they are on another person’s property. The victim may be a guest at a residential home or a patron at a commercial property when he or she is injured in this type of accident. In many cases, the victim will have the right to seek compensation from the owner of the property, but this will largely depend on the status of the victim under the law and whether the property owner was negligent.
Holding a Negligent Property Owner Accountable
Tree accidents are often the result of negligence on the part of the property owner. Tree accidents are generally premises liability cases. Under the legal theory of premises liability, Florida property owners have a duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. They must properly maintain any trees on their land, and remove any trees that may cause injuries to others.
You can hold a property owner accountable for a tree accident injury if you can show that the property owner’s negligence led to the harm you have suffered. A property owner can be deemed negligent if it failed to keep its property in reasonably safe conditions or failed to warn of dangers on the premises it knew or should have reasonably known about. This means the property owner may be liable for a tree accident injury if it failed to inspect the property for potentially hazardous tree conditions that could injure guests.
In premises liability cases, the degree of care a property owner must exercise depends largely on the status of the victim. The duty of care is higher if you were lawfully on the person’s property when the tree accident occurred. A property owner owes a higher duty of care to an invitee (such as a shopper at a retail store) or a licensee (a guest at a residence, for example). The law looks less favorably on trespassers, unless the trespasser is also a child.
Whether or not you can recover damages for your tree accident injury will depend on how you are categorized under Florida premises liability law and whether you can prove the property owner’s liability. A Florida attorney with experience handling premises liability and tree accident cases can assess the facts of your case and help you hold a negligent property owner accountable for damages.
Damages You May Recover
You can potentially recover damages for your injuries if you can prove liability in your tree accident case. Recoverable damages include compensation for any medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Florida law requires that you file a personal injury lawsuit no later than four years from the date of the accident, or you risk losing your right to pursue a claim.
Spring Hill Tree Accident Lawyers Determined to Help You
The Brooksville personal injury lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are prepared to advocate for your right to compensation if you were hurt in a tree accident in the Spring Hill area. Our attorneys have substantial experience handling Florida tree accident cases, including those that occur on someone else’s property. Our lawyers can discuss your legal rights with you, and represent you in a claim against the party responsible for your injuries. We serve clients in Brooksville, Hillsborough County, and the nearby communities. For a free initial consultation, please call us today at (866) 597-0009 or complete our online form.