Premises Liability

When you visit someone’s home or a public business, such as a movie theater or grocery store, you expect to be free from harm. If the stairs are wet or something’s broken, you assume the property owner will give you a heads up, but what happens when they don’t? Well, if they fail to warn you of hazardous conditions and you are injured as a result, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit against them. Below, I will discuss both residential and commercial premises liability cases in more detail. 

Is an Injury Really Worth Suing My Friend or Family Member?

This is a question I encounter often. I understand that you may not want to cause tension within your relationships, but allow me to present you with a quick analogy — how would you handle the situation if it were a car accident? You wouldn’t eat your losses or expect to resolve the matter without contacting your insurance companies, would you? Probably not, and it would have nothing to do with retaliation. It would just be the obvious way to finance your medical expenses and property repairs. 

Residential premises liability cases  — such as dog bites, swimming pool accidents, and slip and falls on freshly mopped floors  — are no different. Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies are designed to cover such incidences, but they likely won’t offer you fair compensation without the assistance of an attorney. 

Do I Even Stand a Chance Against a Business?

Some mistakenly assume they could never win a lawsuit against a large corporation, but that’s not entirely true. When customers are hurt on a business’s property, the company is apt to make a settlement offer in order to prevent bad publicity and a potentially high-priced payout in trial. This is especially true of large corporations, as they have the resources to easily do so. And since local businesses do not have as much disposable revenue, they are less equipped to afford a lawsuit. It’s better for them to simply offer a settlement.

Still, that’s not to say that commercial premises liability cases never go to trial because some certainly do. They can be tried, and the victim can win. I’ve seen it happen many times.

Accidents Happen, but They Must Be Rectified

Hold the Other Party Accountable

Stand Up for Others as You Stand Up for Yourself 

Please know that taking legal action in a premises liability case is about more than just winning money. The financial compensation is merely meant to cover your healthcare expenses, lost wages from work, and the pain you had to wrongfully endure. By speaking up against negligence, you are both taking care of yourself and helping to prevent others from suffering the same fate. Change only happens when someone takes a stand. 

Common Types of Premises Liability Cases 

  • Slip and falls, especially due to wet or oily floors, hidden cords, and unsecured rugs 
  • Dog bites
  • Elevator and escalator accidents 
  • Injuries sustained from products falling off shelves in retail stores 
  • Swimming pool accidents 
  • Amusement park accidents 
  • Injuries caused by poorly maintained properties, such as those with defective staircases 
  • Crime enabled by inadequate building security 
  • Burns sustained from fires
  • Harm from toxic fumes and chemicals 
  • Damage caused by leaks and flooding

Premises Liability Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

No one deserves to be injured due to someone else’s negligence. Even if the party at fault did not have ill intent, it’s never okay for oversight and irresponsibility to cause another person harm. If you have been the victim of such circumstances, contact my office today for a complimentary consultation. I will fight for your justice, and you won’t owe anything unless I recover money for you.