School is out, the humidity levels are rising and pools, parks, splash pads and hotels are filling up with people wanting to cool off and beat the heat. From resort pools and lazy rivers, to community center and neighborhood pools, to water parks, there are many options for Floridians to cool off and have some fun during our very hot and humid summers. While safety is a top priority for many of these spots around the Tampa Bay area, inevitably injuries can occur.
The following list highlights important actions to take after a slip and fall, as well as what your rights and responsibilities are as an injured person.
Seek Medical Attention:
First and foremost, seek medical attention! Your (or your loved one’s) health and safety are top priority.
Report the Incident:
The incident should be made known to the facility in which it occurred. Make sure it is reported to a landlord, manager, or property owner.
Document the Incident:
If at all possible, immediately take photos of the EXACT location the slip and fall. Keep a record of communication with the property manager/owner, write down and record medical treatments, doctor and nurses names, etc.
Decline to Give A Statement:
Your insurance company will likely want to ask questions about the slip and fall. They may even ask to record your summary of the events in the form of a statement. Decline to give a statement of what happened until your medical needs are determined and you speak with a personal injury lawyer.
Don’t go Alone:
Hire a Tampa personal injury attorney that is experienced in slip and fall cases. Personal injury and accident attorney John Castro has the necessary experience to take slip and fall accidents head on, ensuring the best interests of his clients are always represented.
When using facilities such as a pool, splash pad or park in Florida, it is your responsibility to act in a reasonable manner as to not provoke an injury. Likewise, it is the duty and responsibility of the owner or manager to show reasonable care in maintaining the safety of the property to prevent slip and falls.
If you believe you or your loved one’s slip and fall injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact Tampa personal injury attorney John Castro for a free consultation on your case. 813.907.9807.