The term “premises liability” describes an area of civil law involving accidental injuries on the property of another person. These accidents can occur under many different circumstances, from slipping on a spilled liquid to making contact with hazardous chemicals. Any of these accidents have the potential to cause serious injury.
If you were hurt in a premises liability accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Your monetary award will depend on establishing that the property owner or occupier failed to take reasonable steps to keep you safe. A Florida premises liability lawyer from GED Lawyers can help you build your case.
Who Can I Sue for a Premises Liability Accident?
You could be entitled to financial compensation from more than one party following a premises liability accident. In fact, there could be several parties to blame for your injuries. You have the right to pursue legal action against anyone that negligently caused you harm.
The most common defendant in a premises liability lawsuit is the owner of the property. Property owners have a responsibility to remove dangerous hazards and warn visitors of possible risks.
In addition to the negligent property owner in question, the occupiers could also be to blame. If a business leases a building to operate from, the business could be responsible for injuries that occur there. These businesses have the same duty to prevent harm from coming to their visitors.
What Is a Premises Liability Case Worth?
Most people that have been injured on the property of another person have questions regarding what their case might be worth. Our premises liability attorney cannot promise you a specific outcome in a lawsuit, but our law firm can review the facts of your case and advise you on what you might recover.
It is important to understand that a reasonable settlement offer in a premises liability case is made up of several different types of compensation. Your damages should cover all of the physical, emotional, and financial harm you sustained through your accident. Some types of compensation that could be available to you include:
Any time you suffer an injury that prevents you from returning to work, it could have a direct impact on your financial situation. Many injured parties are forced to miss days, weeks, or months from work as they recover. A personal injury lawsuit could provide damages to replace those lost wages.
Medical expenses are frequently a significant part of a premises liability case. Serious injuries can come with steep medical bills, especially when those injuries require long-term care. A personal injury lawsuit could provide for the cost of care, including surgical procedures, hospitalization, physical therapy, and prescription pain medication.
Pain and Suffering
The pain you suffer due to your injury would not have occurred but for the carelessness of the property owner. It is only fair that you pursue financial compensation based on the severity of that pain. Your pain and suffering damages often scale with your medical expenses.
Some property accidents can lead to emotional as well as physical trauma. Even after your injuries have healed, you could face additional emotional hardship from reliving your accident. Compensation for reliving this type of accident is known as mental anguish.
Florida’s Statute of Limitations on Premises Liability Lawsuits
Like every state, Florida limits the time you have to file a lawsuit. Filing your lawsuit too late could mean you cannot file it at all. It could also mean you have no legal recourse that compels the negligent property owners, business establishments, or other liable parties to compensate you.
Our injury attorneys will explain the filing deadline that applies to your case and any factors that could cause it to fluctuate. Let us handle this potentially complex matter for you. We will work hard to file your lawsuit within the allotted time and avoid the costly consequences of filing your lawsuit too late.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability accidents can take many different forms. These cases involve injuries that result from any dangerous condition on another person’s property. There are countless ways you could be injured, and our firm could help you pursue compensation regardless of the circumstances. Some of the common types of premises liability cases include:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips, trips, and falls are the most common form of premises liability cases. These accidents can have numerous causes, from spilled beverages to unsecured extension cords. When a property owner or occupier fails to take steps to address these hazards, they could be liable for your injuries.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pools can be a fun addition to the home, but they are also the location of many serious and tragic accidents. Diving injuries frequently result in neck and spinal damage, and falls into empty swimming pools are also dangerous. Finally, the risk of drowning is always present around swimming pools.
Attacks from dogs or other domestic animals can lead to serious injuries. Dog bites are common, and can leave lasting scarring or disfigurement. In some cases, animal attacks can be fatal. The owner of the animal that attacked you could be liable for any damages that occur.
Some injuries and illnesses occur due to hazardous exposure to dangerous chemicals. This exposure can occur over long periods of time. In other cases, exposure to toxic chemicals or fumes could have an immediate impact on your health. This type of injury typically occurs in an industrial setting. However, hazardous chemicals can spread through the air or groundwater to nearby properties.
Florida property owners are required to maintain their premises in a safe manner, including providing adequate lighting and taking other steps to ensure your safety. A negligent security is complex. Our legal team will consult property inspection and security experts to substantiate your case and prove your right to financial compensation.
What Will an Attorney Cost?
Having a viable case for compensation is one thing. Securing an attorney to pursue that case on your behalf is another. Thankfully, you could pursue financial compensation in your case with the help of an attorney with no upfront legal fees. We will cover the costs of:
- Obtaining your accident report
- Building a strong evidence file
- Documenting the cost of your medical services
- Assessing the value of a fair settlement outcome
Our law firm bills clients using something known as a contingency fee agreement. When we take a case on contingency, that means we are only paid when we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. We win only when you win. If your case does not result in a financial award, you will owe us no legal fees at all. It’s that simple.
You Could Recover Damages Following a Premises Liability Accident
Premises liability accidents can have serious consequences. If you were hurt on another party’s property, now is the time to consider your legal options. A successful lawsuit could provide you with compensation for your damages, including your medical bills, physical pain, and other losses.
The team at GED Lawyers is prepared to aggressively pursue your case on your behalf. Our attorneys understand your case is important, and we are ready to give it the attention it deserves. There is no better time to discuss your options with a Florida premises liability lawyer. Reach out right away for your free, no-obligation consultation.