Premises liability claims address negligence by property owners that results in someone being injured on their property. Owners of property in Florida have certain responsibilities under Florida law. Among them is the safe upkeep of properties under their control, including both the land and buildings located on it. Property owners must ensure that authorized visitors and people who have business to attend to on the property remain safe and unharmed while they’re there. Otherwise, they can be held accountable for any injuries that incur due to hazardous conditions. Premises law applies to both residential and commercial properties.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or oversight of a property owner in Florida, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. Our Miramar premises liability attorney at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA has a reputation for defending the rights of injured clients and helping them seek damages and compensation to which they are entitled.
Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability law covers a wide range of scenarios. Among them, the most common are slip-and-fall cases where liquid or other substances in the visitor’s walking path causes them to fall and become injured. Trip-and-fall incidents, where a rug or other item causes the person to trip are likewise common. Staircase accidents where faulty construction or obstructions result in the injured party falling down the stairs or falling through a decayed step on a porch are also seen. Defective sidewalks that are broken or where debris causes an injury also form the basis for some premises liability claims. It is important to note, however, that the invitee to the property must be there lawfully or be invited to the property, and the property owner, landlord or property manager must know of the hazardous condition and fail to fix it or warn the visitor of its existence.
Some causes of liability for property owners include:
- Shoddy materials
- Poor construction
- Defective wiring
- Violations of the building code
- Water left standing on walkways
- Insufficient lighting leading to falls and trips
While most premises liability injuries are not as severe or serious as those seen in motor vehicle accidents, premises injuries can still be quite significant and have a lasting impact on the lives of the injured. Clients often deal with the pain caused by their injuries and the disruption injuries caused in their lives for years. In some instances, permanent disability and impairment results, reducing the quality of the injured party’s life forever. In worst case scenarios, the injured party dies as a result of their premises injury; this is sometimes seen in backyard pool drownings. Some common injuries include broken bones, burns, electrical shocks, spinal cord injury, head trauma, and neck injuries.
The attorney you choose for your Miramar premises liability claim is important since these claims can be quite complex. Your attorney will likely be negotiating with the insurance company representing the property owner, and insurance companies always have an army of attorneys at their disposal, looking to reduce the amount of your award. Don’t suffer in silence from your premises liability injury. Contact our Miramar premises liability attorney now for a no-cost consultation to review the circumstances of your particular case.