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.
QWhat Are the Most Common Premises Liability Claims?A
As mentioned, premises law encompasses a number of different types of cases. Our team of experienced premises liability attorneys have handled situations involving:
- Slip, trip, and fall incidents
- Dog bites
- Chemical exposure
- Elevator accidents
- Pool accidents
- Negligent security (e.g. lack of lighting which results in physical attacks)
- Faulty wiring
If you have an issue that we did not list, please contact us. We are happy to discuss your specific situation.
QWhat 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 range from broken bones and lacerations to head and neck injuries to burns and internal issues (e.g. chemical exposure and lung damage). Many of these are painful and require extensive medical attention and even ongoing therapeutic intervention.
QWhat Is the Difference Between Premises Liability and Negligence?A
Negligence involves issues where the property owner or other party owed a duty of care and breached that duty. This breach caused the plaintiff (i.e. the one bringing the action) to suffer damages. Now premises liability claims fall under negligence law – but the difference is that the injury occurs on a real property on which hazards are present. To navigate this complex terrain, make sure you seek advice from a premises liability lawyer.
QIs 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. In this case, that reason is for housing. They exchange money for this service. Owners must inspect their properties for potential hazards, fix any issues that can 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.
QCan 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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