Brandon Premises Liability Attorneys Hold Property Owners Accountable
Experienced advocates for visitors injured by hidden hazards
When you visit a place of business or even a private home, you have the right to expect the premises are reasonably safe and you will not be suddenly injured by a hidden hazard. When landlords fail to make premises safe, a visitor who suffers harm as a result may be entitled to recover legal damages. If you have been in a slip and fall, struck by falling objects or injured on commercial or residential property, take advantage of Faught & Faught, P.A.’s more than 50 years of combined experience helping Floridians in the Tampa area win compensation. We are prepared to investigate the circumstances of your accident, determine who is at fault and pursue the results you deserve.
Skilled counsel explain basics of Florida premises liability law
Premises liability means that owners and others who manage or control real property are accountable for negligence that causes injury to another person. Accident victims have different rights depending on their reasons for being on the property, as follows:
- Business invitees — These are customers and other visitors who enter a business premises for the benefit of the owner. Generally, business owners are liable for injuries due to hazards they knew about or should have known about and failed to correct or to effectively warn visitors about.
- Public invitees — These are visitors invited onto a property as a member of the public to enjoy the area for the purpose for which that land is open, such as a park or community center. These visitors are accorded the same duty of care as business invitees.
- Licensees — These are visitors who are given permission to enter the property for their own convenience or enjoyment, including guests and expected entrants like postal workers and meter readers. Florida law holds that the landowner owes a duty to such licensees to keep the premises reasonably safe and warn against hazards that are known to him but are not readily discernible.. However, there is no duty to discover hidden hazards.
- Trespassers — A landowner generally does not owe any duty of care to someone who does not have permission to enter the property. There is an exception for child trespassers who are injured after being lured onto the property by an “attractive nuisance.”
While businesses and public land owners are held to a higher standard of care than owners of residential property, injuries can occur in many varied circumstances, each of which requires a careful analysis of premises liability.
Common types of premises liability claims in Florida
Scenarios that give rise to premises liability claims include:
- Slip and fall or trip and fall — Hazards that can cause such an accident include spilled liquid, debris, loose tiles, loose or missing handrails and insufficient lighting.
- Assaults — When negligent security presents an assailant with the opportunity to attack or rob a person, the property owner can be liable for the injuries.
- Dog bites — Man’s best friend can also be a hazard if the owner doesn’t keep the animal under control, leading to a dog bite
- Falling debris — A building’s structural elements that are in disrepair, such as crumbling facades and loose fixtures, can pose deadly threats to pedestrians below.
The question in all of these cases is whether the owner’s conduct was reasonable. This requires a close examination of all the pertinent facts and circumstances to establish a duty of care and a failure to adhere to it. The difficulty of proving negligence is an important reason to carefully choose the attorney to represent you.
Contact our Brandon, Florida law firm for a free premises liability consultation
If you have been hurt in a premises liability accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The determined personal injury lawyers at Faught & Faught, P.A. in Brandon, FL can help you pursue the results you deserve. Call 813-681-4246 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.