Perhaps your spouse fell and hit her head at a local restaurant, and you believe the property owner should be held liable for the medical bills. Or maybe you got food poisoning while attending a dinner party at an acquaintance’s home. Premises liability law offers you options to collect money from the liable party or parties. This article is basic primer to help make your legal journey smoother, simpler, and more strategic.
Daytona Beach Premises Liability Law 101
Florida law says that property owners have different responsibilities to different guests. "Duties of care" depend on whether a guest is a member of one of the following three classes:
- Invitee – such as a patron at a restaurant
- Licensee – such as a guest at a dinner party
- Trespasser – such as a burglar who breaks onto your property
Owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees, then licensees, and then trespassers. But even trespassers have rights, and if you got hurt while on someone else’s property – even illegally – you should investigate your potential resources.
What to Do After Getting Hurt on Someone’s Property in Daytona Beach
- Seek medical assistance for any injuries. Remember that victims often experience "shock," which numbs them to the severity of their injuries. Seek a doctor’s opinion if you are in doubt.
- Report the incident to the property owner or the manager of the property ASAP. If you are too injured to make a report, deputize someone to do so for you.
- Identify the cause of your premises liability injury. For instance, if you slipped and fell slippery steps outside a restaurant, a leaking refrigerator pipe may have created the spill. Track any observations and correspondence – write things down so that you will have evidence to refer to later.
- Get statements and information from other people who witnessed the accident or who worked at the property. Collect witness names, numbers, and contact info. If you have a camera, take pictures of your injury and/or the place where you fell. Note any employee statements to the effect of "Wow, we sure should have cleaned up that refrigerator pipe leak."
- Consider getting legal representation from a Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer ASAP to help you determine whether you have a premises liability case (or not); and if so, how you should proceed to best effect.
A Tested Resource for Daytona Beach Premises Liability Case
The Daytona Beach premises liability attorney of Farah & Farah (based in Jacksonville) can discuss your potential premises liability case with you in a secure, confidential, and free consultation. Eddie Farah, one of the founding partners, was rated by Folio Weekly as the "best lawyer" in Jacksonville, and the firm has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. For more info about the firm’s credentials, visit www.farahandfarah.com, or call (386) 267-6921 now to schedule a consultation.