How a Premises Liability Injury Case Works
Accidents happen. We all know that, but sometimes personal injuries are the result of more than just an accident. They are the result of negligence.
When property owners fail to ensure the health and safety of their customers and guests, either due to carelessness or simple lack of regard, they put the safety of others at risk. And all too often, innocent bystanders are the ones to suffer personal injuries because an owner was negligent in maintaining their property.
When personal injuries are caused by unsafe or defective conditions on someone else’s property, it may be grounds for a premises liability case.
Examples of Premises Liability Claims in Florida
The scope of personal injury cases that can fall under a premises liability classification are many, but include the following:
- Slips and falls: Slip and fall accidents are among the most common type of premises liability claims. Whether it’s due to wet floor, defective stairs, or uneven terrain, slip and fall accidents can cause very serious injuries.
- Negligent or inadequate security: Businesses have a legal duty to provide reasonable security in order to protect guests and customers. What constitutes adequate security depends on the specific circumstances of the case. It could include everything from a hotel ensuring that the locks on its doors function properly to a nightclub providing trained security guards to protect its patrons.
- Dog bites: Dog owners are responsible for preventing their dogs from harming people or damaging property. While dogs can be great companions, they can also be extremely dangerous – so much so that the Florida Department of Health reports that more than 600 victims are hospitalized for dog bites every year, and many more experience less severe injuries.
- Swimming pool accidents: Pools are inherently dangerous, especially for children. It is the legal responsibility of pool owners to ensure proper measures have been taken to secure their pool and the surrounding premises.
- Poor maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on a property and its grounds is the duty of a property owner. Relatively simple things like burned out light bulbs, cracks in floorboards, or tattered carpets have the potential to cause severe injuries.
What to Expect with a Premises Liability Case
Premises liability claims can turn into lengthy and complex cases because negligence on the part of the property owner must be proven. It is also important to the case to have a full understanding of an injured’s medical outcome – what the extent of the injury is and how much follow-up care and therapy may be needed.
If you experience a personal injury in Miami, call us today at Jacobs Legal. Business and property owners often try to aggressively deny liability, but with a strong Miami premises liability attorney by your side, we will fight to ensure you get the full and fair compensation you deserve.