Property owners, managers, and maintenance crew are, by the nature of their positions, responsible for the safety of the property they are in charge of maintaining. When properties aren’t properly maintained, a variety of hazards can appear, including icy footpaths, broken stairs, slippery puddles, wrecked floors, and many other dangers. Any of these can lead to a slip and fall accident, trip and fall accident, or other type of injury incident.
When a person neglects to maintain a safe property or fails to quickly respond to hazardous situations, those who are injured as a result can hold property maintenance people responsible for losses. 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 severe injuries that require medical attention and long-term recovery.
In 2013, approximately 2.5 million nonfatal falls were treated in emergency departments. – CDC
Trips, Slips, and Falls
In real life, slipping, tripping and other falling accidents aren’t always a laughing matter. In fact, they are often dangerous. Falling accidents can actually cause serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and even death. That is why Florida law requires property owners to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of their premises. Unfortunately, some property owners or managers fail in this regard and the result can be catastrophic.
Who is Responsible for Premises Safety in Florida?
The degree of care a property owner is obligated to provide in Florida depends on the relationship of the injured person to the property. For example, a property owner may be liable if a customer is injured in their store, whereas a homeowner will not have the same responsibility to a trespasser who is injured on the premises. Here are some examples of property liability:
Invitees – Property owners who run a business are strictly liable for maintaining a safe environment for potential customers and visitors. Businesses must actively prevent or repair dangerous conditions in a timely manner or give clear warnings to protect against accidents.
Social Licensees – Social guests and visitors who have permission to enter a public property, but who are not there for business purposes can still hold the property owner responsible for accidents that occur due to unsafe conditions.
Trespassers – Property owners do not have a responsibility to fix dangerous conditions or provide warnings for the sake of potential trespassers. Unless the property owner has reason to believe that other people might enter the property without permission, he or she may not be liable for accident injuries that occur to trespassers.
What are Common Premises Liability Accidents?
In many cases, the owner of a property may be liable for any type of damages or injuries that occur on his or her property. Common accidents involved in premises liability cases include:
No matter what type of accident you have been involved in on another person’s property, it will be necessary to identify whether the property owner caused or contributed to the accident in the first place. A Jacksonville injury lawyer can help you explore your options for legal action.
Should I Take Legal Action in Florida?
After you or a loved one has been involved in an injury accident, it is understandable that you may want to put the incident behind you. But in the event that you or someone you care about has suffered serious injuries, moving on simply may not be possible. Depending on the severity of the injuries, you may need to undergo costly medical treatments, miss time at work, and even lose physical or mental abilities.
When another person is responsible for such damages, it is crucial that you take legal action to not only hold the liable party accountable, but to also obtain rightful compensation. Do not forfeit your right to receive financial support. With a dedicated Jacksonville premises liability attorney on your side, you will be able to focus on your recovery as your legal representative works on your behalf and handles the complex and often frustrating legal process.
Compensation for Damages in a Premises Liability Claim
If you or a loved one are injured due to negligence or careless behavior of a property owner, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages, including:
Current medical bills
Future medical bills for resulting surgeries and treatment for complications of the original injury
Pain and suffering
Mental anguish and emotional duress
Lost wages from missed work
Loss of career or earning potential
Permanent injury or disability
Physical therapy and rehabilitation
Damages for the loss of joy of life
Wrongful death damages (including loss of future income and benefits, medical bills, pain and suffering of the deceased before they died, and loss of love, affection, companionship, etc.)
When to Contact an Aggressive Premises Liability Lawyer
Many property owners may try to write off slip and fall accidents as clumsiness on the part of the victim, but it is important to evaluate the evidence and determine the actual cause. If you have suffered an injury or worse due to a property owner’s carelessness, contact an aggressive premises liability lawyer as soon as possible.
The experienced legal team at Farah & Farah have been successfully representing Florida injury victims for over 30 years. We are passionate in our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and will take a personal interest in your case. But, it is important to act quickly, as the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is four years in Florida.
Call Farah & Farah today for a free consultation by dialing (904) 263-4610.
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Recent Premises Liability Verdicts and Settlements:
$750,000 Recovery – Slip and Fall Case Occurring at Large Change Store
$198,559 Recovery – Premises Liability Case Resulting in Broken Ankle
$195,000 Verdict – Premises Liability with Brain Injury
$130,000 Recovery – Slip and Fall Case Resulting in Broken Arm
$65,000 Recovery – Premises Liability Case Resulting in Severe Injuries Requiring Surgery
Note: All cases are based on their own facts, so results will vary. Results are before attorney’s fee, costs, and expenses. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.
The attorneys of Farah & Farah in Jacksonville, Florida have experience with personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, workers’ compensation, social security, injury and negligence lawsuits, family law and criminal defense. Eddie Farah and our team of Jacksonville attorneys are proud to represent working people and families throughout the country.
*Disclaimer: Not all results are provided and not all clients have provided testimonials, the results are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer, and a prospective client’s individual facts and circumstances may differ from the matter in which the results and the testimonials are provided.