Parking lot accidents are serious. If you were hurt in one, you will need to retain the services of one of our experienced Panama City slip & fall accident attorneys as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Our firm is on your side.
What are the common causes of parking lot accidents in Florida?
Like any other property owner, parking lot owners are held liable for ensuring that their property is safe and hazard-free for all visitors and passersby. In the event that there is a dangerous condition in a parking lot that the owner knew of or should have known of, and an injury occurs as a result, the property owner may be held responsible. Some of the most common hazardous conditions include the following:
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security
- Standing water
- Uneven pavement, cracks, potholes, and more
- Loose debris
- Slippery substances
What should I do if I am injured in a parking lot accident?
You may be entitled to financial compensation if you were hurt in a parking lot as a result of another’s negligence. First, it is important that you begin collecting evidence to satisfy your burden of proof. The burden of proof indicates that the injured party has the responsibility of establishing that the parking lot owner was negligent in maintaining safe grounds, which was a direct cause of your injuries. If you can, take the followings steps right after your accident:
- Call 911 – The police will file a report and will send an ambulance to the scene.
- Take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions on the property.
- Gather contact information from any witnesses to the accident.
- Seek medical attention to adequately treat your injuries. Ask your doctor for medical documentation that points to the origin and severity of your injuries.
- Retain the services of one of our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys to help you obtain additional evidence that can be key to your claim.
What can I recover from a parking lot accident?
If you were injured in a parking lot and would like to pursue legal action against the property owner, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Manuel & Thompson, our legal team will work tirelessly to try and help you win the compensation you need to recover. In Florida, those hurt in a parking lot accident may be able to recover damages for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Lost future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Also, make sure that you file your claim within four years from the date of the accident to follow Florida’s statute of limitations.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.