Florida premises liability laws are unique among state laws of this category. It is a common legal fact that anyone who owns a business should make reasonable attempts to keep their customers and any other visitors to the property safe and free from injury.
For anyone who wants a general overview of how these statutes work, here is a concise summary of the Florida premises liability laws:
What Do Florida Premises Liability Laws Cover?
In addition to the most common type of premises-related injury case, the “slip-and-fall,” Florida law includes several other things under the statute, like weather-related (ice and snow) injuries, defective property conditions, dog bites, pool accidents, security-related incidents, maintenance-caused accidents, and swimming pool claims, among others.
Who Can Make Claims?
Practically anyone who enters a business owner’s property can make a claim, and that includes trespassers in some cases. “Invitees,” as well as “licensees,” like sales people, can bring a claim if the owner has neither warned them of a defective and potentially harmful situation nor maintained the premises reasonably well.
Parents or guardians of children who trespass can bring claims if the property was relatively easy to access and there were no posted warnings about the possible danger. Cases like these usually involve swimming pools or trampolines, two things children will often trespass to use.
What to Do if an Injury Happens
If an injury occurs on your property, make sure to get the injured person to an emergency room as quickly as possible, if the injury warrants it. Take photos and make a written notation about what happened. Do whatever you can, within reason, to assist the person who was injured.
If you were injured, make sure to get some form of evidence. In court, the burden of proof will be on you to show that you were injured and that the injury was caused by the party you are suing with the help of a premises liability lawyer.
Injuries on Your Property
If an injury occurs on your property, make sure to get the injured person to an emergency room as quickly as possible, if the injury warrants. Take photos and make a written notation about what happened. Do whatever you can, within reason, to assist the person who was injured or who claims to have been injured.
How to Recover Damages
Always consult an experienced personal injury legal firm when you suffer an injury on someone else’s property or when you are bitten by a dog. Some recovery options include those based on earning potential, lost income and wages, any medical costs (whether at the time of the injury or in the future), as well as damage payments related to emotional or physical suffering and pain.