Big businesses like Walmart and Public focus on profits more than the safety of consumers.
But a business that opens its doors to people to make a profit has a duty to protect those people.
If you or a loved on slips and falls in a St. Petersburg or Pinellas County store because the store did not take reasonable steps to protect you then you may have a case.
Unfortunately, these big businesses tend to very stingy with their profits. And if you have been hurt in one of these stores you have to deal with the very top when trying to settle your case.That means you are dealing with a stingy corporate Walmart in Arkansas, not the store with the nice manager on US-19. And without question, the big stores will try to lowball you in a slip and fall case in St. Petersburg.
HOW A ST. PETERSBURG SLIP AND FALL LAWYER HELPS
We know the best lawyer to handle a slip and fall case is one with extensive Courtroom experience. A lawyer with a history of going to Court tells the insurance company they are in for a long fight, and they are better off.
Restaurant, grocery store, and convenience store owners have an obligation to protect individuals that they invite into their property from dangerous conditions and defects. Even so, people get hurt every day due to wet surfaces, improper lighting, and failure to warn them of dangerous conditions.
The owner of a properties’ duty depends to you depends on whether you are an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser.
If you came to the business to conduct commerce then you are an invitee and are owed the highest level of care. Think the grocery Store, liquor store, restaurant, or other “shop” that sells goods. If you are an invitee, the business has a duty to inspect the premises and fix any dangerous conditions and to warn you to be careful until they are fixed.
If you enter a location with the permission of the property owner but are not there to conduct business you are a licensee. Think going over to your friend’s house or going to a baseball game.
If you are a licensee the landowner has a duty to fix any potential dangers or warn the licensee. The landowner has less of a duty to you to protect you if you are a licensee than if you were an invitee.
If you enter someone else’s land without permission, you are trespassing. Trespassers have the lowest amount of protection from a landowner. however if the landowner has created an artificial condition that is hidden or otherwise not noticeable to a reasonable person, the property owner may be liable to the trespasser.
What are you waiting for? Get your free consultation scheduled before the statute of limitations expires. Let us help you make sure your healthcare provider pays for the injury you incurred due to their negligence. Call our Tampa office at (813) 554-3232 to schedule your free consultation today.