If you or a family member got hurt at someone else’s house or at a public or private facility (such as a store or amusement park), if you can show that another person or party indirectly or directly caused your injury through neglect, carelessness, or some glaring error of omission, you may be able to recover substantial damages – including payments for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation and therapy, and beyond.
This article should answer your most pressing FAQs about premises liability.
Does a property owner owe the same duty of care to everyone who enters the property?
No. Typically, the law divides visitors into three classes:
The owner owes different duties of care to each class. For instance, the owner of a bookstore owes a higher duty of care to a patron of the store than she does to someone who breaks onto the property and trespasses. Nevertheless, even trespassers have significant rights under the law and can collect damages under certain circumstances.
Can you collect punitive damages in an Orlando premises liability matter?
It is possible. However, you must prove gross misconduct – a tough charge. You have to show that the defendant demonstrated reckless disregard of a danger that had been known (such as an exposed pipe leaking toxic chemicals) and that that danger caused significant harm to you.
What if a criminal act happened on a property? Can the owner be responsible?
Yes. This kind of case is generally tougher than a standard slip and fall, but it is possible to prove liability if the owner, for instance, knew that a criminal act could easily happen on property and did not take reasonable steps to prevent it from happening.
What should I do immediately following a slip and fall accident?
- Get medical help ASAP. If you hit your head, for instance, you may be in a state of shock and may think you are more okay than you actually are.
- File a report with the manager.
- Collect information and statements. Keep a detailed written record of all correspondence. Get names and phone numbers of employees and witnesses. Take pictures with your cell phone of the accident scene and of your injury. And note statements from employees such as “Wow, we really should have cleaned up that puddle – sorry you hit your head.”
- If possible, try to ascertain the origin of the hazard. For instance, if you slipped on a wet bathroom floor, note the leaking pipe that leaked the water – and take a picture of it, if you can.
- Talk to an Orlando premises liability attorney about the next steps you should take.
How can I connect with a creditable and trial proven Orlando premises liability lawyer?
Consult with the Orlando premises liability attorneys at Farah & Farah. This legal team has a fantastic track record of helping clients even in difficult and complex premises liability litigation. You can get a free and completely confidential consultation with the team by calling (321) 274-9202 right now. Alternatively, please explore www.farah2017.wpengine.com, and email someone through the website.