Trip, Slip, and Fall Accidents
Whether you fell on a freshly mopped bathroom floor at an Ocala restaurant, or you hurt yourself climbing down rickety broken steps at an acquaintance’s apartment, you want answers about how to hold a property owner responsible for your medical bills and other costs. While it can be uncomfortable to confront an acquaintance – or even a shop owner – if you don’t press for your rights, you could have to pay out of pocket for rehabilitation, therapies, and medicines. This primer can answer concerns and point you towards a good resource to build your case.
What obligations do property owners have to you?
An owner must keep his or her property free of dangerous substances (such as toxic chemicals), hazardous objects as well as structural defects. If you can prove that the owner was careless or negligent – even unintentionally – you can potentially make a personal injury claim.
Are all visitors the same in the law’s eyes?
No. Property owners owe different degrees of care to different visitors. An invitee – such as a visitor to a boutique clothing store — should be afforded the highest degree of care. A licensee – for instance, a guest at a swimming pool party – should also be afforded significant care but does not have the same exact rights as an invitee. And a trespasser is owed the least degree of care – although even trespassers can make Ocala premises liability cases in certain instances.
Can you collect punitive damages from the property owner?
In some cases. To do so, you must show that the property owner that was guilty of “gross misconduct” – a difficult charge to prove. To build this case, you need to show that the defendant recklessly disregarded a hazard on premises (such as a refrigerator aerating toxic organic solvents), and that — as a result of that dangerous disregard — you suffered harm.
Can you sue the owner of a property if you got hurt when a criminal act took place there?
It is possible. If the property owner was aware that the criminal activity had happened or could have happened easily — and he/she did not institute procedures to prevent the activities from occurring — you can potentially hold him or her accountable.
How can I move forward with my premises liability case without devoting my entire life to it?
The Ocala accident attorneys here at Farah & Farah can make your case a lot easier. The Farah & Farah team has a deep knowledge of the law as it pertains to Ocala premises liability, and you can get a free consultation with the lawyers today by calling (352) 205-4023 or by tapping into their resources on the web at www.farah2017.wpengine.com.