Practice Area Premises Liability
Under the law, owners have a duty to maintain safe properties. If someone is injured they may be held liable if they knew about a hazardous condition(s) and failed to address it or give adequate notice of a danger or if they should have reasonably foreseen that this condition could result in injury. For example, a business that does not maintain its parking lot properly, resulting in large potholes despite many complaints, may be held liable if someone trips and falls. Likewise, a property owner may be held liable if their dog, which has a history of bites, attacks someone. This is known as premises liability.
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Why You Need A Top Premises Liability Lawyer In West Palm Beach
If you have any questions about premises liability or have yourself been affected, contact a top West Palm Beach premises liability lawyer immediately. Casas Law is happy to extend a free initial consultation to you so we can discuss your situation.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, do not hesitate to contact a top West Palm Beach premises liability lawyer. Casas Law will fight tirelessly to protect your rights.
As experienced premises liability attorneys, we have handled a variety of cases. We understand that your situation, and any injuries you may have sustained, are different. You are not just a number to us. We strive to ensure the legal process works for you.
What Are the Most Common Premises Liability Claims?A
Premises law encompasses many different types of cases. Our experienced premises liability team has handled claims involving:
- Slip, trip, and fall incidents
- Chemical exposure
- Elevator accidents
- Pool accidents
- Negligent security
- Faulty wiring
If you have an issue that we did not list, please contact us. We are happy to discuss your specific situation.
What Are Different Types of Premises Injuries?A
Because premises liability deals with such a wide variety of situations, the types of injuries are also quite diverse. They can include lacerations, broken bones, head and neck injuries, burns, and sometimes even death. These injuries are painful and may require extensive medical attention and sometimes ongoing therapeutic treatment.
What Is the Difference Between Premises Liability and Negligence?A
Negligence involves issues in which one party owes a duty of care to another and breaches that duty. This breach causes the plaintiff (the person making the claim) to suffer damages. Premises liability claims fall under negligence law. In a premises liability claim, the injury was caused by an unsafe or defective condition that the negligent property owner failed to correct or adequately warn about. To navigate this complex legal terrain, make sure you seek advice from an experienced premises liability lawyer.
Is a Tenant an “Invitee” Under Florida Premises Liability Law?A
Yes. An “invitee” is a person who is on a property for a specific reason with the knowledge of the property owner. In the case of a tenant, that reason is for housing. Tenants pay money for the right to occupy a particular property. Owners must inspect their properties for potential hazards, fix any issues that may result in harm, and post warnings of any potential dangers. Thus, landlords have a duty of care to maintain a safe property for their tenants.
Can an Injured Trespasser Sue You?A
This is a top question for many. If someone enters your property without your consent and is injured, are you liable? There are some grey areas here. First, you are typically not liable for injuries. You may be, however, if the trespasser has reason to believe they were invited onto the property, were previously welcome onto the property, or if you knew the trespasser was there for at least 24 hours and did not remove hazards. This does not seem “fair” but it is actionable. If you know someone is on your property, invited or not, you can be held liable if you do not address safety concerns.
You are also held liable if a child is injured on your property. For example, under the “Attractive Nuisance” law, if you have a pool and a child enters your yard uninvited, you can still be held responsible if they drown. In these cases, it is best to obtain legal counsel immediately.
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