Premises Liability

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Premises Liability Lawyer

When visiting a store, restaurant, someone’s home, or any public location, you shouldn’t face the risk of injury. However, unsafe conditions sometimes occur in public or private places that result in accidents. 

You can receive compensation through a premises liability claim or lawsuit if you’ve suffered an injury on someone else’s private property or on public or commercial property. Our premises liability attorneys at Zweben Law Group in Florida can help you build your case. Contact our team at 772-223-5454 for a free consultation.

Types of Premises Liability Cases in Florida

When a negligent property owner allows dangerous conditions to exist, Florida allows a person who receives injuries on the property to hold the owners legally liable. These occurrences are referred to as premise liability cases. 

Some of the specific occurrences you might make a claim or sue for include injuries due to: 

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Fires caused by negligent conditions
  • Inadequate security
  • Unavailable escape options
  • Drowning
  • Toxic substances
  • Unsafe stairs or stairwell accidents
  • Sick buildings (toxic mold)
  • Falling merchandise
  • Assaults and attacks
  • Amusement park rides accidents
  • Construction accidents 
  • Dog bites or animal attacks
  • Elevator or escalator accidents

How to Prove Your Florida Premises Liability Case

To prove the property owner’s negligence, you’ll need to meet specific requirements. In Florida, you must prove the following in your case: 

  • The property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition but didn’t address it
  • They owned or controlled the property in question
  • The property owner owed a duty of care to you
  • The owner’s negligence caused your injury
  • You incurred damages (i.e., injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering)

How Does Florida Handle Premises Liability Cases?

In some cases, Florida requires more proof when filing a premises liability case. You most commonly see this in slip-and-fall cases on commercial property. Keep in mind that these cases classify as personal injury cases. Florida law states that the business must have “had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it.” 

You can prove this by showing how long the spilled substance was present, for example. Since every business has standard, daily maintenance or cleaning procedures, this proof shows that someone at the business knew about the spill and chose not to address it. 

You can also prove negligence in slip-and-fall cases by showing that the condition occurs regularly. For example, if a spill regularly occurs, the business knows about it and could prevent it from happening.

Premises Liability Law and Visitor Classification

Getting hurt on someone’s property doesn’t always mean you can hold them liable. The defendant must have been negligent to cause the accident. The court will also consider your status as a visitor. 

The court classifies visitors as follows: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. An invitee had permission to visit the property, such as a friend or family member. A licensee had permission from the owner to visit the property for their own purposes, such as a salesman or contractor. A trespasser did not have permission to visit the property.

Premises Liability Attorneys in Stuart, Florida

At Zweben Law Group, our team of premises liability lawyers can help you learn more about your specific case. Each premises liability claim/lawsuit varies, but our law firm can guide you in building your case. Contact our team today at 772-223-5454 for a free consultation.

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