How Homeowners Can Prevent Premises Liability Claims
While most people in South Florida visit a personal injury attorney to consult about filing a lawsuit, they may want to also learn more on how to prevent becoming a defendant in the future.
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Accidents can happen anywhere. But nobody expects it to ever happen when visiting a friend or family member. Just one accident on another person’s property due to negligence can be very costly. For the victim, it can result in hundreds to even thousands of dollars in medical bills and treatment. For the homeowner, they can be subject to a premises liability lawsuit. While most people in South Florida visit a personal injury attorney to consult about filing a lawsuit, they may want to also learn more on how to prevent becoming a defendant in the future.

Nobody is Perfect

You could be the perfect homeowner. Your lawn is pristine and well manicured. Your home is clean and maintained properly. But what if someone trips on a crack in your sidewalk and breaks their hip? You could be facing a premises liability lawsuit. The most common cases occur when a visitor enters another person’s property. Perhaps you own a dog that may act aggressively towards strangers. If your pet is not properly restrained or there is no warning sign alerting visitors, it may also be grounds for premises liability. If there are any type of potential dangerous conditions that can be identified by a reasonable inspection, it is the responsibility of the property owner to either repair and take care of the problem or provide necessary warning for any visitors.

Who is Entering Your Property?

The status of the person entering your property plays a huge role when determining premises liability. For example, if someone intrudes on your property without your knowledge with the intent to either steal, vandalize or cause harm to anyone or anything on the property, the homeowner may not be responsible. People who enter someone else’s property are separated into three different categories:

  • Invitees
  • Licensees
  • Trespassers

If a trespasser enters your property, the homeowner is not entitled to any duty of care unless they willingly tried to injure or entrap. Homeowners must not create any man-made dangerous conditions on the property. Visitors who are licensees or informal guests can file a premises liability lawsuit if they are injured due to any negligence by the homeowner. The most common premises liability cases in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties involve invitees. An invitee is defined as anyone who is publicly invited to visit. Once the guest arrives at the property, the homeowner has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the guest.

Have You Been Injured On Someone Else’s Property Due to Negligence? Cooper City Premises Liability Attorney Bradley S. Hartman Can Help

Just one accident can change your life forever. Whether you have suffered a broken bone or a catastrophic injury on someone else’s property, it is vital to seek representation from a legal professional to recover the compensation needed to account for your medical care, damages, lost wages along with your pain and suffering. For more than 30 years, Cooper City personal injury attorney Bradley S. Hartman has successfully represented accident victims from all walks of life. He and his legal utilize a personable and comprehensive approach to help place clients in the best position to succeed. Accident victims have rights. One of the most important is to seek to recover the money they deserve. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A. in Cooper City and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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