If you suffered an injury because of unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim. Premises liability cases apply to many common situations, like slipping on a wet floor in a restaurant or tripping on a poorly lit staircase in an apartment building.
Not sure if you have a premises liability case? Call The Leach Firm at (844) 722-7567 for a free evaluation.
The personal injury attorneys of The Leach Firm explain the basics of premises liability claims in Florida and Georgia.
The Requirements for Winning a Premises Liability Case
To win a premises liability lawsuit, the injured party must prove that:
- The defendant (usually the property owner where the injury occurred) knew, or should reasonably have known, of the dangerous condition on their property
- The defendant failed to take reasonable care to make their property safe
- The injury occurred because of the unsafe condition on the property
For example, let’s say you tripped and fell because of ripped carpeting in an apartment building’s lobby. The rip had existed for several months, but the property owners neglected to repair or replace the damaged carpeting despite repeated complaints from tenants. In this case, you will likely be able to collect damages if you pursue a premises liability claim.
What to Do After a Personal Injury on Someone Else’s Premises
The steps you take immediately after your accident may influence the outcome of your premises liability case. If you suffered an injury on someone’s property, you should:
- Take photos and videos to document the condition that led to your accident. The evidence may not be there later—for example, a puddle of water may dry out, or an unscrupulous property owner may quickly fix a dangerous condition and claim it never existed.
- Seek medical treatment. Even seemingly trivial accidents may have serious consequences like a concussion or broken limbs. Your medical records will also serve as important evidence in your case.
- Notify responsible parties, like property owners or landlords, of the accident. Stick to the facts, try to stay calm, and avoid confrontation.
- Talk to a lawyer to get dependable legal advice to help you decide the next steps.
What Compensation Can You Expect in Premises Liability Cases?
While all premises liability cases are different, settlements often include compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Missed days at work and loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
An experienced personal injury lawyer can tell you what damages you may reasonably expect in your premises liability claim.
The Leach Firm: Handling Premises Liability Cases Across Florida and Georgia
If you sustained personal injuries on someone else’s property, and if you believe that your injuries occurred because of a responsible party’s negligence, you may be able to collect compensation. The Leach Firm will support you with trusted legal advice and assertive representation throughout your premises liability claim.
For a free premises liability case evaluation in Florida or Georgia, call The Leach Firm 24/7 at (844) 722-7567.