Premises Liability Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL
Premises liability law in Florida states that property owners and tenants are responsible for keeping their property hazard-free and warning others of dangers present. Property hazards often result in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, leaving victims with serious injuries that require medical attention and a long-term recovery.
Recognized unsafe conditions that cause accidents on a premise that are not either fixed in a timely manner or brought to the noticeable warning of the customer are potential premise liability cases.
When a property owner fails to meet this duty of care and someone gets hurt, a premises liability claim may allow the victim to recover for their losses. An attorney at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles with experience handling premises liability cases can help you determine who is responsible and pursue the full compensation you are due as a result of the accident. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Common Types of Premises Liability in Florida
A premises liability case covers nearly any kind of injury that results from a defect in property. Common types of premises liability cases brought in Florida courts include:
- Slip and fall or trip and fall. Broken pavement, damaged steps, cracked flooring, spills, obstacles, improper flooring materials, unsecured rugs – many underfoot hazards can cause a slip or trip and a fall. Although slip-and-fall accidents are a common ingredient in slapstick comedy routines, in the real world, the consequences can be deadly. Slip-and-fall accidents are the No. 1 cause of death and serious injury among older Americans, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Inadequate lighting. Many hazards could be avoided if only a person could see them. If light bulbs are burnt out or dark areas don’t have working lights, however, visitors lose the ability to protect themselves – often with serious consequences.
- Pool injuries. Pools are a common feature of the Florida landscape, but they require property owners to keep safety in mind. A lack of fencing, unlocked pool gates, disabled alarms, or defective or dangerous equipment can all cause serious harm.
- Inadequate security. Assaults, vandalism or theft that results directly from inadequate security can be the basis of a premises liability case. Often, simple security measures like better lighting or a fence were all it would have taken to prevent the harm.
- Dog bites. Dog bite claims are typically handled as a part of premises liability law when they are covered by a dog owner’s homeowners insurance. An experienced premises liability lawyer can help you receive a full and fair settlement from an insurer.