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Tallahassee Premises Liability Attorney for Claims Against Negligent Property Owners

When you get injured on someone else’s property, filing a premises liability claim can be a critical step on your road to recovery. In Tallahassee, property owners and tenants have a legal obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition; and, when they fail to do so, the law holds them legally and financially accountable. In order to protect your legal rights, it is important that you speak with a Tallahassee premises liability attorney as soon as possible. 

Located in the historic Towle House on Calhoun Street, our firm represents clients who have suffered serious injuries in premises-related accidents in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas of North Florida. Our attorneys in Tallahassee include James Gustafson, Jr., Cameron Kennedy, and Carter Scott. Combined they bring many years of  experience to fighting for our clients, and we have a long-record of success in premises liability claims and litigation. Similar to other types of personal injury claims, most successful premises liability claims result in insurance settlements. But, while we seek to quickly settle our clients’ cases whenever possible, we are also well-known for our ability to secure substantial verdicts in the Florida courts.

You Can File a Florida Premises Liability Claim for Accidents on Private and Public Property

Premises liability claims involve accidents occurring on someone else’s property. Whether you or your child suffered an injury at someone else’s home, a community space, a government office building or a place of business, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Our attorneys handle premises liability claims involving injuries suffered on all types of public and private property, including:

  • Single-family homes, condominiums, apartment buildings and retirement communities
  • Nursing homes, hospitals and other medical facilities
  • Public and private schools and universities
  • Parks, beaches, boardwalks and other public spaces
  • Neighborhood and community pools, sidewalks and playgrounds
  • Government buildings
  • Malls, shopping centers and retail stores
  • Sports and entertainment venues
  • Office buildings, factories, warehouses and other business premises
  • Residential, commercial and industrial construction sites

Claims Your Tallahassee Premises Liability Attorney Will Fight

When faced with premises liability claims, a type of personal injury lawsuit, property owners and insurance companies will typically assert a variety of different defenses. In many cases, this will include blaming the victim for his or her own injuries. With our attorneys’ substantial experience handling premises liability claims in Tallahassee and throughout Florida, we are intimately familiar with these defenses, and we know how to overcome them in order to secure just compensation for our clients. We have secured just compensation for clients injured in premises-related accidents including:

Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents

Slip and trips can lead to serious injuries. If you slipped and fell or tripped and fell at a business, government property or private residence, you should speak with a Tallahassee premises liability attorney about your legal rights.

Falls from heights

Falls from heights can result in various types of severe injuries, including bone fractures, organ damage, spinal cord injuries, concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries can often have long-term effects; and, when they do, they can lead to significant financial and non-financial losses.

Accidents involving inadequate property maintenance

Maintenance issues, including failure to replace worn flooring materials and failing to prevent pedestrian access to recently-cleaned floors, can lead to slip, trip and fall accidents. Property owners and tenants can be held liable for safety hazards caused by maintenance issues, just like other hazardous premises conditions.

Assaults resulting from inadequate security

If you were assaulted at a business (i.e., in a parking garage, in an alley or in front of a nightclub), the owner of the business may be liable for providing inadequate security. A Tallahassee premises liability attorney can assess your legal rights and help you recover just compensation.

Elevator and escalator accidents

Elevator and escalator accidents can result from various causes, and they can lead to various types of severe traumatic injuries. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include failure to conduct necessary maintenance, failure to prevent access to elevators and escalators in need of repair, and failure to limit the number of people who can enter an elevator or escalator at any one time.

Door and window malfunctions

Door and window malfunctions can also lead to various types of injuries. If an electric door closes suddenly and unexpectedly, if a manual door slams closed or an open window falls shut without warning, these are just a few examples of situations in which it may be possible to recover financial compensation.  

Defective premises design and construction 

Design and construction issues can lead to slip, trip, fall and other premises-related accidents. This includes matters ranging from improperly designing stairways and handrails to improperly pouring cement or installing flooring materials.

Dangerous merchandise displays

Dangerous merchandise displays can lead to accidents, including falls, collisions with other shoppers and injuries from falling objects. When displaying merchandise, store owners and managers must ensure that their displays do not obstruct walkways and or otherwise present risks for injury.

Missing and broken handrails

Building codes require handrails to be correctly installed on stairs, raised landings and other areas. If a handrail is missing or broken, this can create a hazardous situation, and the property owner can be held liable for any accidents that occur.

Other Near Death Accidents

Fires, electrical malfunctions and dangerous access to water are common causes of premises-related accidents. If you, your child or any other member of your family has been injured in any of these types of accidents, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free consultation with a top Tallahassee premises liability lawyer.

Determining Fault in Florida Premises Liability Cases

A critical element of your claim is how your Tallahassee premises liability lawyer will show that the other party may be considered at fault. No matter how obvious it may be that the property owner is to blame for the accident, you have to prove that they are at fault. As a result, this is a critical step in the process – your attorney will not be able to proceed with your case unless they believe that they can prove to the insurance company or a jury that the other party is at fault. 

That said, even if your lawyer believes that the other party is at fault, that does not mean that the other party or their insurance company will agree. The other party may not be willing to accept responsibility for their actions. The insurance company may not want to pay your claim and therefore refuse to accept liability for purely economic reasons. 

Determining fault will involve a careful review of the facts gathered during the investigation and require extensive knowledge of the law. Your lawyer will be able to apply the law to the facts and determine whether the other party may be held liable for your injuries. This is why you should consult with a Tallahassee premises liability law firm with knowledge and experience necessary to make an accurate assessment of your case. 

Speak with a Tallahassee Premises Liability Attorney for Free

If you would like to speak with a Tallahassee premises liability attorney about seeking financial compensation for a premises-related accident in Florida, please call 800-780-8607 or contact us online. We will schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible.

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"Nick DeBellis obtained the maximum recovery of full insurance limits in the case we worked on. He is a true professional and recommend him to anyone in South Florida."
Posted By: Michael Geoffroy