Premises liability is a legal term used in cases when a person has been injured because someone else’s property was in an unsafe and unsuitable condition. The kind of accidents which can occur on someone’s property caused by unsafe conditions can vary from anything from a slip and fall in a shopping mall to injuries at swimming pools.
Most personal injury cases are the result of negligence, and premises liability is no exception to this. In order for you to win a premises liability case, as the injured person, you would have to try and prove that the property owner was negligent and that their property lacked reasonable care and was in a dangerous condition. You could even highlight that the property had inadequate security if that played a factor in your personal injury. The Law Place personal injury lawyers can help you gather the evidence you need in order to prove the property owner’s negligence.
Just because you may have been injured on someone else’s property does not mean that the property owner is automatically classified as negligent. The dangerous condition of the property and its failure to ensure reasonable care does not always mean that the property owner was negligent. Premises liability claims have to show that the property owner was aware that their property was not reasonably safe and had the potential to cause an injury but chose to do nothing about it.
The legal team at The Law Place can help to investigate your accident and decipher whether the owner of the property where you suffered your injury was negligent or not. Call us today on 941-444-4444 to discuss your case.
What Injuries Are Classed as Premises Liability?
There are many types of personal injury cases than can be classified as premises liability cases, including:
- Slip and fall cases.
- Toxic fumes or chemicals.
- Elevator and escalator accidents.
- Dog bites.
- Snow and ice accidents.
- Improper maintenance of the premises.
- Amusement park accidents.
Premises liability cases can, therefore, cover a huge range of different incidents. If you have been or know an injured person who may be able to file a premises liability claim, call The Law Place today for a free consultation and a chance to talk to one of our legal accident attorneys.
What Is a Liability Attorney?
A liability attorney can help build your case in order to prove a party liable for your injury to achieve some justice in the form of compensation. We advise at The Law Place that if you are thinking of making a premises liability claim that you seek legal representation as these sorts of cases can be incredibly difficult to navigate. Therefore, in order for you to achieve the maximum amount of compensation possible, we advise that it may be best to have a legal premises liability lawyer at your side to help prove the negligence of the property owner at fault.
A further reason why it is important to hire a liability attorney with a wide range of legal experience is that often insurance companies and owners will fail to admit their responsibility and therefore offer you a settlement far less than what you deserve and are entitled to. With an accident lawyer at your side, insurance companies will know how serious you are about your claim. A liability lawyer at The Law Firm in Florida can do the following for you:
- Investigate your case – A lawyer will thoroughly investigate the incident in which you were injured. This may include obtaining copies of the reports, photographs, surveillance tapes, and much more. This investigation is a crucial step in proving a person’s or company’s negligence.
- Gather evidence – A legal attorney will also interview witnesses and gather their statements as soon as they can after the accident has occurred to ensure the statements made are as credible as they can be.
- Negotiate your settlement – Having a lawyer behind you usually means that you’ll receive a more fair deal in the settlement than what you would receive if you were negotiating by yourself.
- File a legal lawsuit – In some instances, premises liability claims cannot be resolved in settlements. If this is the case with your claim, an attorney will file a lawsuit.
If you have any questions or queries, contact The Law Place today for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Can a Handyman Sue Me for Injury?
Sometimes even if the handyman you have working on your property is an employee at a contracting company and has a license to work, you may be held liable for their injuries if your negligence contributed to or caused their accident. The handyman could potentially decide to bring a claim against you as well as filing for workers’ compensation.
If you have homeowners insurance, they may pay for the Handyman’s damages if that worker can prove that your negligence resulted in them getting injured. Our legal team at The Law Place recommend that you do the following before allowing a Handyman onto your property to protect yourself from being sued for negligence if an accident is to occur:
- Fix any uneven sidewalks.
- Put your dogs and other pets away safely.
- Repair any broken staircase railings.
- Warning the Handyman about any risks you are aware of.
- Inspect your property for potential hazards.
- Repair visible defects.
If a Handyman is unable to prove that you, as the homeowner breached your duty of care to them, resulting in their injury, they will be unable to successfully sue you for their damages. If you have any further queries on the subject matter, don’t hesitate to contact one of the accident attorneys at The Law Place to seek some advice.
Is a Tenant an Invitee or Licensee?
As a property owner, you have a duty of care to ensure that your property is reasonably safe so that when people come onto your property, they don’t suffer an injury. This responsibility is known as premises liability. As a landlord, it is important to note that in most cases, the person occupying the property, the tenant, is treated in the same manner as the property owner. This can mean that if someone was injured on your property whilst a tenant was the main occupier, then they could be held liable. A tenant, therefore, cannot be classed as an invitee or licensee.
An invitee is a person who is invited to come onto someone else’s property. For example, this could be a customer in a store. Such an invitation like this implies that the owner of the property has taken the reasonable care necessary to ensure their premise is safe. Invitees are afforded the most protection as their presence is usually for the benefit of the owner of the property.
A licensee is a person who enters into a property for their own purpose or as a guest with the consent of the owner. An example would be a guest at a party.
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Contact The Law Place on 941-444-4444 to speak to one of our liability lawyers if you have suffered an injury related to premises liability. We can offer you a free consultation for your case and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.