Fort Lauderdale Premises Liability Attorneys Help When Personal Injuries Happen on Others’ Property
The intricacies of premises liability in South Florida demand skilled assistance in litigation
You may have heard terms like “slip and fall” or know about rules surrounding dog bite laws. Yet, few people regularly use the phrase “premises liability.” This refers to an area of the law that helps people recover compensation when they’ve been hurt on another’s property. Whether an injury happened at a hot Fort Lauderdale nightclub, a popular South Florida theme park, or even your friend’s home, you could be entitled to money for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Even the most well informed of us may require outside assistance from professionals in order to be fully compensated. The seasoned Miami-Dade premises liability lawyers at Yeboah Law Group, P.A. have the experience and tenacity to help see justice fully carried out.
Common types of premises liability issues
There are as many types of premises liability lawsuits as there are different accidents in the world. The attorneys at Yeboah Law Group have the experience to assist you if you have been hurt as a result of:
- Slips and falls. As perhaps the most well-known type of personal injury lawsuit, the injuries sustained through the negligence of others can still be devastating.
- Hotel accidents and injuries. Despite billing themselves as a home away from home, the constant influx of new guests and demanding standards can allow dangerous practices to slip through the cracks, resulting in pain and suffering for victims.
- College campus incidents. College is intended to be a developmental period of healthy exploration. When that time of growth is interrupted by tragedy or affliction, it’s vital to explore whether the cause was negligence or carelessness and on whose part.
- Negligent security. Hiring a security team is a wise step, intended to reduce a wide variety of risks. When that security person or team fails to perform their duties fully, causing pain or loss, a premises liability lawsuit can offer redress.
- Accidents at theme parks. The “happiest places on earth” do work hard to provide exceptional guest experiences; yet rides, water parks, and even parades can still pose a threat to the most vulnerable visitors and their families.
- Injuries sustained at resorts. Guests come to resorts prepared to relax and forget the rush and anxieties of their daily lives. When negligence results in accidental injuries at a resort, the disruption of what might be their only break from their busy lives is an added hurt.
- Incidents at clubs. Nightclubs and similar venues have an unfortunate history of tragic incidents, stemming from carelessness or neglect on the part of owners or management.
- Dog bites. While every puppy might nibble your finger, or chew up a tennis shoe, actual dog bites are far more dangerous. The resulting infection alone can be antibiotic resistant, and potentially permanent scarring can be very emotionally upsetting.
The complexities of premises liability in Florida
The basics of premises liability are pretty obvious: if you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property then the property owner should be held liable. The issue arises when the concept of “foreseeability” comes into play. Homeowners and business owners have the obligation to prevent any foreseeable dangers, such as removing debris from stairs and walkways after a tropical storm, or fencing in so-called “attractive dangers” like swimming pools.
What about situations where the danger was not foreseeable? For example, if a shoe store in a rural, low-crime area were robbed, it would be unreasonable to have expected the shop owner to have the same protections in place as a convenience store in a highly populated, high-crime neighborhood. Historically, not all courts in Florida have the same perspective on foreseeable and not foreseeable crimes, and therefore, having the right Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer by your side and arguing your case can make a significant difference.
The three categories of property visitors
As with any specialized area of the legal field, premises liability has its own unique set of terms and definitions. When victims rely on commonly held understandings of these words, it may lead to miscommunications, confusion, and delays in receiving recompense. Yeboah Law Group is committed to the education of not just our clients and their families, but the entire community, in the belief that a more educated, aware society leads to a fairer, freer society. Here are the key terms used in premises liability litigation to describe the different types of visitors to premises, along with their contextualized meanings.
- Invitees are the customers who enter a property in order to carry on normal business transactions, including repair personnel and business employees. Property owners are required to keep all areas an invitee might reasonably visit safe and accessible, as well as inform them as needed if any area is or could become unsafe. Think of the “Caution: Wet Floor” signs you’ve seen in the grocery store as a perfect example.
- Licensees are friends, relatives, and guests who may enter a property for social reasons, like a visit or a celebration, with or without a prior invitation. Since these visitors could be unannounced, the property owner has the responsibility to keep the property safe, repairing any unsafe conditions and warning about any known dangers. An example of a warning you might give a licensee is “Hey, don’t step in that hole my dog dug last week; I haven’t had a chance to fill it in yet.”
- Trespassers are the final category, and this group includes anyone who enters a property without permission, implied or otherwise. Regardless of their invitation status, the property owner still has an obligation to inform the trespasser of any potential dangers once the property owner is aware of their presence. For instance, “I know you just broke into my house, but maybe don’t step in that hole in the stairs that I haven’t fixed yet.”
Without investigation, no accident is purely an accident
It can be second nature to dismiss injuries sustained on the property of others, or to minimize the effects. Some accidents are purely bad luck. But until the situation has been fully explored by a savvy Miami-Dade personal injury attorney, no mishap can be labeled as blameless.
Contact Yeboah Law Group for a free in-depth consultation of your premises liability or injury claim. Call Yeboah Law Group now at (800) TELL-SAM for a no-cost consultation, or complete our contact form.
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