Florida Premises Liability Attorney
Property owners and occupiers have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe. What constitutes “reasonably safe” can be quite a complex matter, so if you were injured on someone else’s property—whether a business, residence, or government property—and you want to bring a claim for financial damages, you should speak with a Florida premises liability attorney right away.
You’ll find that attorney at Capaz Law Firm. We are experienced litigators who are well-versed in Florida premises liability law. Call us today at 813-440-2700 to schedule your free case evaluation.
What Is Premises Liability in Florida?
Premises liability is an area of tort law that involves a property owner or occupier who breaches the duty of care. The victim in the case is typically an invitee or licensee. If this concept sounds complex to you, schedule a free consultation with a premises liability lawyer to get answers to your questions.
For instance, suppose a restaurant employee witnesses a customer spill their glass of wine getting up from their seat. However, the employee doesn’t tell anyone or make any effort to help clean it up. A small child comes running between the tables, slips on the spilled wine, and falls, breaking their arm. In this case, the restaurant could be held liable because the employee witnessed the spill and failed to take action.
Suppose a hotel received numerous complaints about a loose handrail in a stairway over the course of two weeks. One night a guest uses the handrail coming down the stairs, and it comes off the wall, causing her to fall down several stairs, breaking her ankle and giving her a concussion. In this case, the hotel’s owner or manager had plenty of time to fix the dangerous condition, but they didn’t. As such, the victim would likely be successful in a premises liability case.
Proving Premises Liability Claims
In a successful premises liability claim, the injured party’s Florida premises liability lawyer will need to prove that:
- The property owner or occupier knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.
- Reasonable steps were not taken to prevent the condition from harming another party. For example, they didn’t place a wet floor sign, mop up a spill, verbally warn others, block off the area, or make attempts to fix the hazard within a reasonable amount of time.
The key to winning a premises liability case is proving that the other party had a reasonable amount of time to do something to correct the hazardous condition.
What Is Negligent Security?
Negligent security falls under premises liability. Property owners and occupiers need to take steps to prevent those legally on their property from becoming victims of crimes. For example, property owners need to use different levels of precautions based on their type of property, where it’s located, and the current crime rates. For example, it may be necessary to install security cameras, employ experienced security staff, and place warning signs about leaving personal belongings in a vehicle to help keep others safe.
Contact a Florida Premises Liability Attorney Today
At Capaz Law Firm, our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call our office today at 813-440-2700 or send us an email through our online contact form to schedule your free premises liability consultation. You won’t pay any fees unless we win. Our Florida premises liability lawyers have decades of combined experience in legal practice.
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