In Florida, property owners have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for anyone who comes onto their property or a duty to warn of any known or foreseeable dangers to prevent personal injury to those that visit the property.
Property owners can include homeowners, businesses, cities or the state, and landlords. Additionally, maintenance companies can also be held liable for the negligent maintenance of an owner’s property. Premises liability can occur in places like parking lots or parking garages, on sidewalks or walkways, at colleges and schools, in apartment building complexes, in hotels, in the workplace, at grocery stores, at retail establishments (malls, shops and restaurants), at nursing homes or hospitals, at sporting events, at public pool and beaches, and at amusement parks, as well as at someone’s home.Common Types of Premises Liability Claims Include:
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents;
- Inadequate or negligent security;
- Inadequate maintenance;
- Elevator and escalator accidents;
- Theme park ride accidents;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Work place accidents;and
- Even dog bites may be covered under a homeowner’s policy.
Common causes of premises liability law suits can include inadequate locks on doors or windows, inadequate lighting, inadequate security, lack of security guards, lack of staff training, building code violations, poor construction or maintenance, wet floors, slippery surfaces, falling products, unsafe stairwells, lack of handrail or guardrails, uneven surfaces, potholes, and more. Civil actions may also include violent crimes that are committed on the property like a rape, a robbery, an assault, battery, or even a murder.
Premises liability injuries often can include cuts, bruises, broken bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, catastrophic injuries and even a wrongful death.
In order to win a premises liability case, the injured person must prove that the property owner was negligent with respect to ownership and/or maintenance of the property. In general, negligence means that the property owner failed to use reasonable care in connection with the property.
When someone is hurt on another’s premises, negligence must be proven. It is important to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney as premises liability cases are often complex and there are statutory requirements for certain types of liability such as encountering foreign objects on the floor. Attorney Tami Wolfe is experienced in holding property owners accountable for their negligence. Tami knows the courtroom and has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements for her clients.
If you pursue a civil claim, you may be able to receive compensation for past and future wages, past and future medical bills, and pain and suffering. If a premises liability case results in a death, as a result of a property owner’s negligence, the trial attorneys at KALIS, KLEIMAN & WOLFE have the experience to handle the wrongful death claim.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed as a result of someone else’s negligence on while on their property, contact Tami Wolfe online or call her at (954) 791-0477 for a FREE consultation.