Property owners, operators, and managers have a responsibility to ensure their locations are free from dangers and safe for individuals. If they fail in their duties, then they may be held responsible for the injuries that result.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries while on someone else’s property, it is important to consult an experienced premises liability attorney before answering any questions from investigators or insurance companies. A personal injury lawyer who understands the laws in Georgia and Florida regarding slip and fall injuries and other premises liability issues could review the circumstances of your case, determine who could be held liable, and fight to get you fair compensation.
Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
Premises liability cases often involve attractive nuisance, which can hold a landowner liable for dangerous features they knew about or should have known about that typically attract children. For example, landowners may be legally responsible for injuries caused by hazards in abandoned buildings, trampolines, pools, and playgrounds.
Other cases we’ve worked on throughout Georgia and Florida include:
- Slip and fall accidents involving slipping or tripping.
- Fraternity or sorority accidents/hazing incidents.
- Negligent security cases involving assault and battery in parking garages and lots, hotels, or other businesses.
- Exposure to toxic or hazardous substances.
- Dog bites
- Construction or job-site accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else’s property, it’s natural to have questions about your accident and liability. Some of the most common questions we are asked include:
What is a premises liability claim?
Premises liability claims seek to establish that an injury was due to negligence on the part of a property’s owner, manager, or occupant. Premises liability rests on the idea that whoever is responsible for maintaining a piece of property is responsible for preventing injuries that could be caused by unsafe conditions.
Faulty steps, broken or missing railings, uneven walkways, or holes in a floor are all examples of hazards that a property owner should repair promptly. If a premises has dangerous conditions that someone was responsible for fixing, but they took no action, they may be held liable for all the costs associated with your injury. These costs can include medical bills and lost income from missed days at work, and other financial burdens.
What is the difference between premises liability and personal liability?
Premises liability covers incidents that are innate to the premises. For instance, the owner of a rental property responsible for maintaining a walkway is liable if someone trips and falls because the surface is uneven. By contrast, the tenant of the rental may be personally liable if they should have removed debris from their porch steps and a delivery person tripped and fell while delivering a package.
A premises liability claim falls upon whoever is responsible for building or maintaining a location while personal liability involves the actions of a person who may or may not own the property. Determining who should be held responsible for a personal injury is a critical component of each case. The premises liability attorneys at The Leach Firm, P.A., have a wide range of experience in assessing liability and pursuing fair compensation.
Can you sue a property owner for negligence?
A property owner is not automatically liable for damages that occur on the premises—you must prove that the owner acted with negligence. It only makes sense to file a lawsuit when a property owner can reasonably be held accountable for the injury that occurred on the premises.
Failure to make reasonable repairs, such as replacing a broken step on a staircase, may constitute negligence. When someone trips on a well-maintained and brightly lit set of stairs, however, the owner may not be liable for negligence. Consult a Florida premises liability lawyer with the details of your injury to see how well your case establishes negligence on the owner’s behalf.
What is an attractive nuisance?
An attractive nuisance is an area, object, or situation on someone’s property that is likely to attract children but is not safe for them to play on or approach. Pools, drainage ponds, damaged playground equipment, trampolines, abandoned buildings, or other things that are likely to draw a child’s curiosity are examples of “attractive nuisances.” A property owner can be held liable for injuries that result from dangers the owner should have addressed but didn’t. To find out more about whether your case constitutes negligence under the attractive nuisance doctrine, speak to one of the knowledgeable attorneys at the Leach Firm, P.A.
We are happy to offer free consultations with a personal injury attorney in either English or Spanish to discuss your options. You can rely on us to provide the knowledge and resources you need to create a compelling case.
Don’t Wait to Contact a Premises Liability Attorney in Florida or Georgia
The lawyers at the Leach Firm, PA can help assist with answering questions from investigators who will be looking for reasons to deny liability. Our dedicated legal team understands how to stand up to insurance companies and make the most of your claim. For a free consultation to learn more about how we may be able to help you recover after a slip and fall accident or another situation involving injuries on someone else’s premises, contact us now.
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