Types of Premise Liability Every Florida Property Owner Should Know
Property owners have a legal obligation to invited guests, to take reasonable care to ensure their safety. If a property owner is negligent in their actions to resolve unsafe conditions, or if they fail to act to resolve unsafe conditions, they may be liable if a guest is injured due to those unsafe conditions.
This type of claim is called a premises liability claim and can result from any injury that is due to unsafe conditions that have been neglected by the property owner. This article will discuss the most common types of premises liability claims so that property owners can take proper precautions to prevent such claims.
All property requires maintenance and upkeep. Failure to regularly evaluate and identify a faulty or unsafe property, including furniture, appliances, decor, or landscaping, can result in injury to a guest. If the unsafe condition is not identified and resolved through regular maintenance, the property owner could be liable for injuries that result from the unsafe condition. A premises liability claim would have to show that the condition existed long enough to have been identified by the property owner or that it is a recurring condition that was foreseeable.
Slip and Fall
Property owners must take precautions if slippery conditions exist. If the unsafe condition is the result of a spill, it can potentially be removed. Areas that are consistently slippery, like around a swimming pool or a floor that has been mopped, should be clearly identified with signs notifying guests of the danger. Snow and ice removal are considered regular maintenance. Failure to remove it could result in a premises liability claim.
If a property has an increased risk of break-ins or being robbed, the property owner has an obligation to its guests to provide proper security. The risk associated with the property will determine what proper security precautions are. Unsecure door locks, faulty security cameras or security alarms, or negligent security personnel could result in a premises liability claim.
Failure to properly restrain a dog, especially one known to bite or attack, could result in a premises liability claim with no proof of negligence of the property owner. The failure to restrain the animal with guests present is a negligent act that makes the property owner liable.
Accidents happen, but if an accident happens on your property due to your negligence it may result in a premises liability claim against you. Property owners must take precautions to prevent these types of injuries to reduce their risk of liability. If you have premises liability questions, contact Casas Law in West Palm Beach, or fill out a free case consultation form to evaluate your options.
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