Florida Premises Liability Attorneys
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Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises safely, to remove hazards that could injure guests, and to post warnings of potential dangers. Many premises liability cases are of the slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall variety, when an unsuspecting visitor has slipped in water or on ice, or fallen over construction debris or a tree felled by a storm.
When this happens, both the victim and the property owner will find that the laws governing premises liability are complex and some may vary from state to state. The Florida premises liability attorneys at Searcy Denney have more than 40 years’ experience representing victims who have been injured due to hazardous property conditions. We can help you understand the laws and assess your claim.
Property Owners Have a Duty to Keep Their Premises Reasonably Hazard-Free
While property owners are responsible for keeping their facilities free of hazards, some types of hazards are inevitable. For example, weather can create significant risks due to high water, ice, fallen tree branches, and acts of Mother Nature. A property owner has a responsibility to remove these hazards or, at a minimum, to put up a clear warning for guests to stay away from the danger and avoid an accident.
No matter how obvious fault may appear to those untrained in the law, the issues of premises liability are complicated and sometimes overlapping. Government agencies have established standards, laws, and ordinances to define levels of safety that property owners must meet. Determining which of these standards, laws, or ordinances applies to a particular case is the job of attorneys experienced in sorting them out and identifying legal responsibility. Our Florida premises liability lawyers have more than 40 years’ experience handling these kinds of cases and will help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Slip and Fall Accidents
People have a reasonable expectation of safety when they visit a business or residence, because facility owners have a responsibility to maintain their property in a safe condition. However, sometimes accidents happen and a person can be injured or killed due to unforeseeable circumstances.
Maybe you or someone you love stumbles in a warehouse, trips in vacant lot or slips and falls at a grocery store, where someone else’s negligence in observing safety standards has put you at risk. If the accident was indeed related to the property owner’s negligence in maintaining the property in a safe manner, you may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit.
Top 5 Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Several factors can contribute to a slip and fall accident in Florida. Below are the five most common reasons behind slips and trips:
- Wet surfaces caused by spilled liquids, freshly mopped or waxed floors, or oil leaks
- Uneven surfaces, including cracks, potholes, improperly secured rugs, and loose floorboards
- Unmarked hazards
- Debris or other objects on the ground that a property owner failed to clear
- Weather conditions
Other Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents
Thousands of people are injured every year on unsafe, unkept or poorly secured properties. When an accident occurs, victims may have a viable premises liability claim and may be able to recover compensation. Below are some of the most common types of property-related accidents:
- Trip and Falls
- Falls From Heights
- Broken or Uneven Sidewalks
- Inadequate Lighting
- Fallen Debris/Objects
- Uneven Flooring
- Elevator or Escalator Malfunctions
- Missing or Broken Handrails on Stairways
- Malfunctioning Doors/Windows
- Negligently or Dangerously Displayed Merchandise
- Toxic Chemical or Fume Exposure
- Assault or Theft Due to Negligent Security
- Construction Site Dangers (Including Faulty Equipment and Debris)
- Animal Attacks
Common Locations for Property-Related Accidents
Premises liability accidents can occur anywhere – be it on the sidewalk, someone’s private home or even at school. However, all can be attributed to the failure of the property owner or property manager to keep the grounds safe. Below are some of the most common places where premise liability accidents may occur:
- Private Homes
- Apartment Complexes
- Retirement Communities
- Schools and College Campuses
- Shopping Centers
- Amusement Parks and Fairgrounds
- Construction Sites
- Piers and Boardwalks
- Arenas, Stadiums and Other Entertainment Venues
- Government Buildings and Facilities
- Office Buildings
- Factories and Warehouses
- Junk Yards
- Golf Courses
- Public Parks
- Swimming Pools (Public or Private)
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Florida Premises Liability Attorneys
We understand that accidents can have a profound impact not only on the injured person, but also on family members. Medical treatments are expensive, especially when extensive rehabilitation or ongoing treatment is needed. Expenses can be monumental at a time when income may be diminished by a victim’s inability to work.
After an accident on private or commercial property caused by unsafe grounds, survivors and family members often struggle to find a way to right the wrong that has been done. Searcy Denney has helped victims and their families in similar circumstances, so we recognize your physical, financial and emotional pain and loss. Most important, we understand your desire for justice . . . because that’s our goal too.
If you or a family member has been injured in a slip and fall incident or other premises liability accident in Florida, one of our attorneys would be happy to speak with you. Please fill out our Contact Form, or call us at 1-800-780-8607 to learn more and arrange for a confidential free consultation.