North Tampa Attorneys Committed to Helping Injured Individuals
Florida law requires everyone to take reasonable precautions and refrain from exposing others to needless risks of harm. If someone violates this duty and causes an accident as a result, that careless party often may be liable. The injury lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC offer guidance to residents of North Tampa, as well as New Tampa, Lutz, and Brooksville, who have been hurt because other people or entities acted negligently.
Seeking Compensation Based on Soft Tissue Damage
A “soft tissue injury” refers to damage to an individual’s muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other connective structures. Some common examples are strains, bruises, sprains, tendonitis, and stress fractures. Although these medical issues may seem relatively minor, some require surgery to repair, and further complications are always possible.
Soft tissue injuries can be caused in any number of ways, from the blunt force trauma of a car accident to a slip and fall at a restaurant or store. A Florida resident who has been hurt due to some other person or company’s wrongdoing or negligence may take legal action to seek compensation.
If you were injured by a dangerous condition on the property of a retail store or restaurant, for example, you may be able to file a premises liability case against the property’s owner. These claims must be filed within four years from the date of the accident. To prevail, you would need to prove that you were lawfully on the property, that the property owner failed to exercise the appropriate level of care, that this failure caused your injuries, and that you incurred quantifiable damages as a result.
Customers of retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses open to the public are owed the highest duty of care by the properties’ owners. They must regularly inspect the premises and warn of or remedy any potentially dangerous condition that could cause harm to an unsuspecting visitor. To abide by this duty, for instance, they are usually required to warn customers of hazards such as a damp, freshly mopped floor or rope off areas undergoing maintenance. Falling merchandise, uneven pavement, and poorly maintained stairs or handrails are all examples of potentially dangerous conditions that may indicate the failure of a property owner to comply with its legally imposed duty. Even if an owner did not know about a dangerous condition, such as a spilled drink in the dining area of a restaurant, the law may impose liability if the victim can show that the owner should have known about the hazard.
If you successfully prove your claim, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical expenses and other financial losses as well as compensation for less tangible forms of harm, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
Enlist a Spring Hill Lawyer to Assert Your Rights after an Accident
A soft tissue injury may sideline you from your normal life for a few days or months at a time. If a negligent person in Spring Hill or one of the surrounding cities caused a slip and fall or another accident in which you were hurt, you can contact the attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC to discuss your options. To schedule a free case evaluation, complete our online contact form or call (866) 597-0009.