Under Florida law, “[a] premises liability lawsuit holds a property owner responsible for any damages arising out of an injury on that [owner]’s property. In all states, owners [of] property must make a reasonable effort to maintain a safe environment for visitors to it. Failure to keep the property safe for visitors results in ‘premises liability.’”
To put it a bit more simply, premises liability occurs when a property owner’s negligence or wrongdoing causes injury or loss. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, let a Florida injury attorney at Searcy Denney help.
What Are the Most Common Types of Premise Liability Cases?
Premise liability encompasses a wide variety of circumstances, some of which may surprise you. Cases regarding premises liability are among the most common types of personal injury cases we encounter.
Five of the most common premise liability cases include:
- Slip and Fall Cases. Slip and fall accidents are among the most common premises liability cases that occur. Falls are responsible for millions of emergency room visits each year in the U.S. If a visitor slips and falls on someone else’s property due to the property owner’s negligence or failure to maintain a safe environment, that owner can be held liable for the resulting injuries.
- Inadequate Property Maintenance. It is a legal requirement that property owners maintain their property in a way that will not cause harm to others or put them at risk for injuries. These types of cases typically involve lack of maintenance on a property, resulting in visitors being injured because of cracked, slippery, or uneven surfaces, unfinished or inadequate construction, and unsafe objects on the property, among others.
- Dog and Other Animal Bites. In most dog and animal bite cases, the owner is held responsible for the victim’s injuries, except when the victim did not have a legal right to be on the property or the dog was defending itself or another human from violent offenses.
- Construction Site Negligence. Construction sites and areas where work is happening should always be marked appropriately to warn pedestrians. If workers fail to properly block off dangerous construction zones or fail to adequately warn of potential dangers, and victims are injured as a result, the construction company or property owners may be held liable for any victim’s injuries.
- Parking Lot Accidents. Commercial property owners may be liable for injuries sustained while in a commercial parking lot under premises liability. If you trip and fall because of poor lighting or are assaulted in a parking lot, you may be able to recover for your injuries under premises liability.
Contact a Florida Injury Attorney if You’ve Been Injured on Someone Else’s Property
Premise liability cases are more common than you may think. If you have suffered injuries resulting from an accident on someone else’s property, Contact a Florida injury attorney at Searcy Denney for help. We offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis.