Tripping Injury Concerns
If you have suffered an injury due to tripping, you may be feeling angry. These tripping injury concerns explain how the circumstances of your injury would apply to a personal injury case.
Tripping Injury Concerns: Tripping Injury Damages
The first thing to understand is that you’re basically looking to be compensated through the individual’s insurance, the owner, the renter, whoever it may be. They will very likely have liability insurance either under a general liability policy if it’s a store or under a homeowner’s or renter’s policy if it’s a residential place where the fall occurred.
The key thing to remember is that there are basically two types of damages. There are what we call economic damages that are things like medical bills, any wage loss you have, and that’s both in the past and the future
There’s also non-economic damages, which are things like pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience of running back and forth to the doctor, disability or impairment, or loss of the ability to enjoy life’s pleasures.
Tripping Injury Concerns: Broken Sidewalks in Residential Areas
If you get injured on a sidewalk, in most residential areas that I can think of in our local area, those sidewalks are appurtenant to or adjacent to or next to the landowner’s property, so they’re probably owned by the county or municipality.
If there’s a dangerous condition that’s not open and obvious, you may have a claim against the municipality or the county. Those two entities are governmental entities, so they’re considered sovereigns, which means that there are limitations on your recoverable damages, $200,000 per individual, $300,000 for you and your spouse, and there are certain requirements that you have to give notice to the governmental entity before filing suit.
Tripping Injury Concerns: Injures Due to Poor Lighting
If you’re injured due to poor lighting on another person’s property, first you should seek medical care right away so that you know what all of your injuries are. Once you have sought appropriate medical care, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who handles premises cases in order to have your case evaluated. Here at Morgenstern & Herd, we evaluate both the issue of defective lighting, we contact lighting experts, and we work with your physicians to make sure that we get full recovery for your injuries.
If you have any further tripping injury concerns, please call our Tampa personal injury lawyers to schedule a free consultation.