Let a Tampa Premises Liability Lawyer Handle Your Claim
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If you suffered harm or sustained injuries on someone else’s property due to negligence, you may be able to pursue compensation through a premises liability claim. Landlords, businesses, and property owners are required to keep their premises reasonably safe and take adequate steps to prevent dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, some property owners cut corners and cause others to get seriously hurt as a result.
Cases involving premises liability are rarely straightforward and often complex. That’s because the landlord or owner of the property where you were hurt may deny responsibility and claim that you are at least partially to blame for what happened. Due to Florida’s comparative fault law, that can have a serious impact on the amount of compensation you’re able to recover for your damages.
At Armando Personal Injury Law, we don’t think that’s OK. Attorney Armando Edmiston knows how to win complicated legal cases and will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve. Whether you were injured in an amusement park accident or you have questions about another type of premises liability claim, you can contact our law firm for help.
What are examples of premises liability lawsuits?
If you are harmed or injured on someone else’s premises due the negligence of an irresponsible landlord, business, or property owner, you may be able to pursue compensation for your damages by filing a premises liability claim. Common examples of premises liability lawsuits include:
- Slipping, tripping, or falling hard on someone’s property: Slip and fall accidents are commonly caused by cluttered aisles and walkways, spills and leaks, uneven surfaces, broken steps and defective staircases, insufficient lighting, and unmarked slippery floors from mopping or waxing. Swimming pool accidents can also involve a person getting hurt in a slip and fall.
- Getting hit by falling items: Common in retail stores and supermarkets, merchandise that falls from displays or shelves that are high up can cause serious injuries, whether the items fall on their own or as you’re trying to reach for them.
- Being bitten by someone’s dog in an unprovoked attack: While dogs make great pets, they can cause serious and potentially life-threatening injuries when they attack. Some dog bites may even be fatal or cause permanent disfigurement.
- Suffering a criminal attack due to negligent security: Businesses and property owners must take steps to keep their premises reasonably safe from criminal attacks. This includes measures like installing and monitoring security cameras, adequate lighting, functional doors and locks, and hiring trained security guards. Negligent security cases typically involve criminal attacks, such as robbery, assault and battery, sexual assault, rape, shootings, stabbings, and murder. These types of cases are common at hotels, motels, parking garages, and unsafe apartment buildings.
What do you need to prove in a premises liability claim?
In most cases, landlords, businesses and property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their premises free of dangerous conditions by taking reasonable steps to prevent others from becoming injured. If you were injured on someone else’s property, you’ll also have to prove:
- The property owner was aware of or should have been aware of the existing dangerous conditions. Example: A property owner knows about a loose handrail located on their premises. Instead of fixing the handrail, blocking it off or putting up warnings until it’s fixed, the property owner does nothing and someone is injured as a result. In this case, the property owner would likely be held liable for the victim’s damages.
- The property owner had an opportunity to address the dangerous condition. Example: Someone inside a supermarket accidentally spills their coffee on the floor. You immediately slip and fall on the slick surface before anyone has a chance to clean up the spill. Under these circumstances, it’s unlikely the property owner would be legally responsible for your injuries.
- The dangerous conditions caused you to get hurt. Example: You’re on someone else’s property and looking at your phone while you walk. You stumble over your own feet and get injured in a hard fall. Even if there were existing unsafe conditions, you likely won’t be able to hold the property owner accountable since your fall had nothing to do with the property’s unsafe conditions.
How much is my premises liability lawsuit worth?
Every case is different and has its own unique circumstances, which means the value of your premises liability lawsuit will depend on the specific details of your case. Your claim could be worth hundreds, thousands, or maybe even millions. It really all depends on the extent of your injuries and the overall impact your injuries have had on your life. In general, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- All your accident-related medical expenses
- Lost wages from missed time at work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Replacement services, such as housekeeping and childcare
- Pain and suffering / Punitive damages
Take strong action with an experienced attorney
The owner of the property where you were injured or harmed may argue that your actions make you partially to blame. They may even say the entire incident is your fault and that they owe you nothing at all. Attorney Armando Edmiston can help you make things right. He treats clients like family and considers your problems his problems. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.