Slip and fall injuries do happen. They may be minor and a little embarrassing, but sometimes they can result in serious damage.
As a visitor of a public location, a customer of a retail store, or an invited guest to a private residence, it is common to hold an expectation that the property owner will maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition and free of danger. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and in many cases, simply because the property owner failed to ensure the premises are safe. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates over one million Americans sustain injuries from a “slip, trip or fall” accident, and, sadly, over 17,000 people die in the U.S. annually because of these injuries. Victims of these types of accidents usually suffer moderate to severe injuries, and, according to the National Safety Council, are the single largest cause for emergency room visits.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, as well as for pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Diaco Law understand the many complex issues victims and their loved ones face after a slip and fall accident and have years of experience in successfully handling these types of claims. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accident, please call the attorneys at Diaco Law today for a free consultation.
Contributing Factors of Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accidents occur for many reasons, and, in most cases, are the result of the property or business owner’s negligence. Among the factors contributing to slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Wet, standing puddles or slippery flooring surfaces, sidewalks or parking lots
- Uneven or broken flooring surfaces, including tiles or hardwood
- Unsecured or torn floor coverings such as carpet, rugs or mats
- Icy, uneven or cracked sidewalks or parking lots
- Improperly raised sidewalks or parking lots
- Unsecured electrical cords or lines obstructing walking paths
- Obstructions or debris blocking or improperly placed on walking paths
- Improperly stacked merchandise or over-stock
- Inadequate lighting or pathway lighting
- Improperly maintained stairs, escalators or elevators
- Missing or broken handrails on stairs or steps
- Failure to post warning signs of dangerous or hazardous conditions
- Failure to comply with federal, state or local safety requirements
A slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accident can occur anywhere, such as a place of employment, retail locations, an office building, an entertainment venue, or even a friend or family member’s home. No matter where the accident occurred, it’s important to speak with an attorney who understands premises liability and its exceptions, and the exact responsibilities a property owner has. The attorneys at Diaco Law have many years of experience handling slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accidents.
Types of Injuries Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents
As the above list illustrates, a slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accident can occur for a variety of reasons, and the injuries sustained in these types of accidents can be just as varied:
- Sprains, or torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Bruising, contusions or abrasions
- Cuts or lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial injuries, or cosmetic disfigurement
- Broken teeth, or permanent loss of teeth
Sadly, some slip and fall accidents result in death, leaving family members who depend on them emotionally traumatized, as well as with an uncertain financial future. The personal injury attorneys at Diaco Law have successfully represented family members of victims of slip and fall accidents, securing the justice and compensation they deserve
If you, or a loved one, have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, it is critical you take the following steps to protect yourself and to preserve you legal rights:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Obtain all medical records detailing your injuries
- Document your injuries thoroughly with photos and videos
- Document evidence related to our slip and fall accident by taking photos or videos where the accident occurred
- Get the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed your slip and fall accident
- Seek legal advice immediately and before you speak with an insurance company representative.
Slip-and-Fall Accident Compensation
Regardless of the circumstances or cause of your incident, or the type of injuries you sustained, you must contact an attorney that specializes in slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accidents as quickly as possible so that you may be fully and fairly compensated. The personal injury attorneys at Diaco Law have seen many types of slip-and-fall accidents and the devastating injuries that often result. We understand the long-term physical and financial consequences victims face, and we will diligently fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. The types of compensation you may be entitled to may include:
- Payment for current and future medical bills
- Rehabilitative physical therapy
- Cosmetic surgical repair
- Loss of income during recovery, or due to permanent inability to return to work
- Compensation for pain and suffering
Depending on where the slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accident occurred, and the contributing factors leading to the accident, property or business owners may be held legally liable for their negligence, whether it’s willful negligence or a failure to exercise reasonable care in maintaining the safety of the property. These types of accidents can be legally complicated, often requiring a thorough investigation to determine if there is a history of dangerous conditions or if the owner of the property willfully ignored potential hazards. The attorneys at Diaco Law have successfully pursued slip-and-fall accidents, maximizing the compensation victims have received.
Diaco Law Can Help You
If you, or a loved one, have been injured due to a slip-and-fall or slip-and-trip accident, please contact Diaco Law today for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. We will review your case in detail, and advise you of your legal options.
A slip-and-fall accident can be life-changing, leaving victims with long-term or permanent injuries, and an insecure financial outlook. The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Diaco Law will fight for you, to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve. Please call Diaco Law today. We can help you.
For many, swimming pools are the main form of pleasure and entertainment during the hot summer months.
Unfortunately, we’ve all heard the stories of unintentional drownings by children who were unattended. This is the reason why there are safety locks, fences, and pool alarms. Still, statistics show that accidental drownings are the number one cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported that from 2005-2014, over 3,500 people died from drowning. When you look at the average on those numbers, that comes out to about ten deaths from drowning every single day during that period. It’s even more frightening when you realize that for every child who dies from drowning in the United States, five other children are treated at emergency rooms for injuries suffered in swimming pools.
With numbers like these, it’s no wonder that pool safety is at the front of most parents minds Here are a few facts to consider:
It only takes a minute: Research statistics show that over 75% of home drowning accidents involve a child that has been gone for no more than five parents. In the time it takes to answer the phone, grab a bottle of water, or check your email, a child can be submerged in a swimming pool. In many of those cases, the children had made their way out to the pool when the parents weren’t aware that they were anywhere near the pool. Placing a fence around all four sides of your swimming area has the potential of decreasing the risk of drowning by as much as 80%.
Alarms work: Many homes have a three-sided fence around a pool and they consider the home the fourth wall. If a home is considered part of the safety barrier of the pool, then alarms are recommended on all the doors. Most of these alarms are easily turned off by adults but will alert anyone in charge that a child has left the home.
Pool covers: Power safety covers, unlike simple plastic tarps or sheets that cover the pool, are motor-powered barriers that can be placed over the water area. When properly installed and up to safety standards, one of these power safety covers will hold the weight of two adults and one child. These standards were put into place in order to aid a rescue if necessary.
Education: Anyone who has a pool at their home needs to be aware of all of the responsibilities involved regarding safety. Babysitters or other adults who will be in charge at the home should all be aware of any safety precautions and should be properly trained in first aid and CPR. All children who enter the pool need to be supervised by adults and even children who have had swimming lessons need to be watched carefully.
As mentioned earlier, for every child in the United States that dies from a drowning accident, five other children are treated at the emergency room for submersion injuries. It has been shown that nearly 50% of children who suffered injuries in a swimming pool did so at residential pools as compared to less than 30% who suffered injuries at public pools or spas.
Diaco Law can help you today.
If you have you lost a someone important to you due to the negligence of another person or a business entity, Tampa, Florida based Diaco Law is prepared to offer you compassionate legal advice free of cost.
Diaco Law is a personal injury law firm with more than 21 years of experience handling wrongful death and personal injury claims statewide. We realize that every client and claim is unique and our law firm is as well, because we have a practicing board certified surgeon and lawyer as a partner. Having a board certified surgeon who is also a lawyer allows us to evaluate medical and legal questions thoroughly and expediently.
We will work diligently to seek appropriate compensation for the wrongful death of your family member or loved one. There are no fees or costs, unless we recover compensation for your loss.
If you find you are injured in a Florida accident, there are issues you will need to resolve. Recovery and rehabilitation will be your obvious focus, and speaking to an attorney will be an item that slips down your “to do” list. With that in mind, here are three reasons you will want to make retaining a Tampa, FL personal injury lawyer a priority.
No two Florida accident claims are ever the same:
Each personal injury claim involves a unique set of variables and will warrant its own settlement amount, which will involve where the accident occurred and the severity of the injuries. A personal injury attorney will act as your advocate, ensuring you receive the care and compensation you are owed.
An attorney will help with the bureaucracy:
The right Tampa personal injury attorney will work on your behalf to expediently navigate the maze of insurance related papers to help you resolve your injury claim.
A Florida injury attorney may help you reach a better outcome:
An accident victim always has the right to represent himself or herself and negotiate with the insurance party for the negligent party. However, a plaintiff who makes the choice to retain a knowledgeable local Tampa personal injury attorney will often get improved results with an increased payout. An attorney will know what to ask for and how to get it for you.
There is no need for you to handle your Florida injury case on your own. A Tampa-based personal injury attorney from Diaco Law will work on your accident injury claim, so you can heal from your injuries and return to your normal life. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, call 888-SOS-FIRM.
It is not uncommon to read the phrase “personal injury attorney” without possessing a solid understanding of what the phrase means. A personal injury attorney in Tampa, FL is a legal professional who provides representation to individuals who have been hurt as the result of the negligence of a company or person. The personal injury lawyer will be knowledgeable in, and have more experience in the area of law established to relieve people who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts committed by others. The lawyer will often work on legal matters involving a traffic collision, injuries suffered while at work, medical malpractice and a variety of other cases. Most importantly, the personal injury attorney will help you navigate through the rough waters after your injury has occurred.
I will offer you peace of mind that your personal interests are well-represented, I will protect your rights and do whatever possible to get you the best results on your case. I will offer you advice with respect, keep you informed about the progress of your claim and I will deal with the stress of communicating with the involved insurance agencies.
There are key elements that go into each Florida personal injury case that a Tampa personal injury Lawyer must prove.
The key elements of a Florida personal injury case.
To establish whether there is a legitimate personal injury claim, three factors must be met in all cases. The factors are:
- Incurred Damages
- Causation of the injury
A personal injury case can include: any of the following:
- Dog bites, or bites from other animals
- A slip and fall
- Injury at the workplace
- Injuries from faulty products
- Medical Malpractice
- Physical assault
- Sports injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress or harm
- Loss of Consortium or Companionship
If you have been hurt in an accident due to the negligence or someone else, or you want to discuss a legal claim for a loved one, Diaco Law welcomes your call at 813-SOS-FIRM.
Joseph F. Diaco, Jr., Esq. of Diaco Law announced recently that his firm had completed its move into offices new offices located on S Boulevard in Tampa. The move signifies the beginning of a new era for the well-respected local firm.
The new Diaco Law office is located in Tampa at 605 S Boulevard. The office will provide much-needed space for the growing practice, while still offering a comfortable feel for clients who are seeking a hands-on approach to their case.
“My goal is to make it apparent to any client that he or she always comes first,” said Joseph F. Diaco, Jr.
“An injury suffered in an accident is a legal matter, but it is also highly private matter that should be handled quickly in a protected environment. The new law office space at 605 S Boulevard will allow me to do that. The office will allow me to act as an advocate for justice on your behalf.”
Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. has more than twenty years of experience practicing in Tampa, Florida as well as throughout the better part of the state. He is well-known for being the attorney of record for positive outcomes on commercial vehicle injury claims, medical malpractice claims and wrongful death cases.
Practice areas currently offered by Diaco Law include wrongful death, dog bites, nursing home abuse, commercial vehicle injury, medical malpractice and defective product claims. In spite of a broad scope of practice areas, Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. is known for his careful personal attention to each client.
Diaco Law is located at 605 S Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33606. Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. can be reached by telephone at 808-SOS-FIRM.
Modern medicine can be amazing, but preventable mistakes do happen when a healthcare professional fails to follow all of the appropriate protocols. Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. Esq. announced on Monday that his Tampa, FL law office would be accepting and reviewing medical malpractice claims alleging that a physician, or other medical professional made a mistake that caused either you or a family member to become injured. Medical malpractice claims can include, but are not limited to:
- Negligence during pregnancy or birth
- Mistakes in prescribing or administering medication
- Errors during surgery
Joseph F. Diaco Jr. Esq. explains that it is important for anyone who believes that they may have been injured due to medical malpractice to act quickly. Florida law limits the time during which a medical malpractice claim may be brought. There is a two year statute of limitations that requires you file notice of the potential claim within two years from the date you knew or should have known of the possibility of medical negligence, but in no event more than four years from the date of the injury or death.
Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. Esq. is encouraging individuals and surviving family members who believe an injury was incurred due to failure to follow specific medical protocols, to call his office at 813-221-7978 for a free case evaluation from a competent and experienced attorney.
Practice areas covered by Diaco Law include personal, injury, nursing home abuse, commercial vehicle injury, medical malpractice, automobile accident injury and wrongful death. In spite of a broad scope of practice areas, Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. is known for his hands-on approach with each client. Diaco Law is conveniently located at 5025 West Lemon St., Ste 100, Tampa, Florida 33609. Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. can be reached by telephone at 808-SOS-FIRM.