Whether commercial or residential, property owners owe patrons and invited guests a safe environment free of hazards or dangers that could cause an accident. When they fail in this duty, victims of accidents may be able to take legal action. Premises liability cases arise when someone in charge of a property does not keep it in a safe condition, which then results in an accident and someone getting injured. There are many different causes for these accidents, but the injuries are often serious, requiring medical attention and, in some cases, a lengthy recovery.
The Okeechobee premises liability lawyers at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. have the experience and legal skill to help you build a successful premises liability case against those responsible for the pain and financial difficulties you are experiencing. With the help of Mr. Golden, you’ll be able to prove who was at fault for your injuries and recover monetary compensation for your injuries and expenses.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a premises liability accident in Okeechobee, Taylor Creek, Fort Drum, or other areas of Okeechobee County, contact The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. immediately at 863-220-4400. Our accident attorneys are ready to sit down with you at your convenience for your free consultation where we can review your case and devise an appropriate legal strategy moving forward.
What is Premises Liability?
Property owners have a duty to keep their visitors safe from harm. This applies to both public and private property. When you are injured on someone else’s property, you are entitled to compensation for your harms.
There are four main components of proving a premises liability claim:
1. The property owner owed you a duty of care. Premises liability law divides visitors into three categories: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. You are only owed a duty of care if you are an invitee or a licensee – such as a customer, an invited guest, or a contractor. If you were trespassing on the property at the time of your injury, you are not owed a duty of care except in special circumstances, such as if you were a child who could not reasonably assess the danger of something like a swimming pool. The level of care you are owed varies depending on whether you were an invitee or licensee.
2. The property owner breached that duty of care. You must prove that a dangerous element existed, such as a tripping hazard, slippery floor, or broken equipment. You must also prove that the property owner knew or should have known about that element. For example, if you spilled something and then immediately slipped on it, you likely cannot recover compensation, unless the spill was caused by a broken shelf that the owner should have repaired or blocked off.
3. The breach caused your injuries. This is why visiting a doctor immediately after your accident is crucial, even if you don’t feel very hurt. You must be able to prove that your injuries were directly caused by the accident, and not by anything that happened afterward.
4. Your injuries are significant. A lawsuit is only worthwhile if your injuries cause you significant harm and costs. If you just incur a few cuts and scrapes that heal themselves, a judge isn’t going to take your case seriously. This is why it’s important to hold on to all medical records and receipts so that you can prove how serious – and expensive – your injuries have been.
Proving all four of these steps can be complicated, which is why working with an experienced premises liability attorney like Mr. Golden is the best choice. He understands what kind of evidence is needed to prove all four aspects of premises liability and ensure you get the money you need.
Premises Liability Cases We Handle
The causes of premises liability injuries can be as diverse as the various premises where they occur. Some of the most common causes of these types of accidents include:
- Slip and fall
- Falling object
- Negligent security
- Elevator or escalator malfunction
- Inadequate maintenance
- Animal attack or dog bite
No matter how you were injured on someone else’s property, if the injury is due to the negligence of those responsible for the property, we can help you pursue your case.
Those responsible for property, whether homeowners or business owners, have a duty to keep their premises safe for everyone who legally steps foot on it. When they fail you, they should be held accountable.
The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. can help you hold the right people responsible if you or someone you know has been injured on someone else’s property in Okeechobee, Taylor Creek, Fort Drum, or other areas of Okeechobee County. Call us at 863-220-4400 to let us know about your case today.