Premises Liability Attorneys in Jacksonville
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Premise liability claims have to deal with the negligence of property owners or tenants of a property. Under Florida law, property owners and individuals are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for their guests and customers, and ensuring there are no dangerous conditions.
Premise liability laws were created to enforce safe environments for customers and visitors. They hold property owners liable for dangerous conditions that could be prevented. Not all injuries on a person’s property, however, are automatically premise liability cases; instead, you must first prove several facts.
Types of Land Occupiers
There are three types of land occupiers that can include:
- An Invitee – This person is allowed to be on the property and has express permission from the owner or company – such as a guest in your house or a customer in your business.
- Licensee – This person enters the property with permission of the land owner, but not usually for business purposes.
- Trespasser – This is a person that is on the property without permission and has no right to be on the property.
Under tort laws, invitees and licensees have the right to file a premise liability case, but a trespasser does not. If you were not invited or welcomed on the property and you were injured, then you may not have a valid personal injury claim.
Common Types of Premise Liability Cases
There are a variety of ways a person can be injured on the property of someone else. These premise liability claims can also occur on just about any type of property, including:
- A person’s house
- Clothing retailer
- Construction site
Some of the most common types of premise liability claims seen in Florida courts include:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Falling ceilings
- Negligent security
- Elevator or escalator failures and injuries
- Unsafe structures
- Unsafe walkways
- Construction site accidents
- Poisonous substance exposure
- Fire or smoke
- Amusement park or recreational facility accidents
- Poor store maintenance
- Snow or ice removal issues
Injuring yourself on the property of someone else is not enough to file a premise liability claim; instead, you must prove that:
- The owner knew about the potential risk
- The owner failed to take care of that potential hazard
- You were injured because of their failure to act
- Your injury led to damages
What to do if You Are Injured on Someone’s Property
If you are injured on a person’s property – whether from a slip and fall or other reason – there are actions you should take to preserve your case and help prove your claim later on. These include:
- Inspecting the area to find the source. If you slipped on a sidewalk, what caused you to slip and fall? Also, was there signage indicating that you should use caution in the area? If so, then you may be at fault for your injury rather than the property owner.
- Get witness statements (if possible). Make sure you write down their names and contact information so that a personal injury attorney can help you gather witness statements later on.
- Record the details of the accident. Be sure to include the time and date, what you were doing at the time you were injured, who was on duty, and any statements made by the property owner.
- Contact a slip & fall injuries lawyer right away. Because you have limited time to file your personal injury claim, the sooner you contact a Jacksonville Premises Liability Attorney, the better your chances for maximum compensation.
Contact Our Team of Jacksonville Premises Liability Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall or other premise liability-type injury, contact our team of Premises Liability Attorneys in Jacksonville at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P. A. today. We offer free consultations and we can evaluate your case to determine if you have a valid claim.
Call us now to get started and meet with us at one of our two convenient Jacksonville locations.