Florida Personal Injury and Premises Liability Claims
UPDATED: March 10, 2020
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In general, Florida requires plaintiffs in premises liability lawsuits to show that:
- The property was in a defective or dangerous condition;
- The person responsible for maintaining the property knew or should have known about the defective or dangerous condition;
- The person responsible for maintaining the property had enough time to repair the condition or to warn others about it;
- The condition was not repaired and the injured person was not warned;
- The unsafe or dangerous condition caused the injury.
Consult a Florida premises liability attorney if you think you have a claim.
What Can Lead To A Claim?
Slip-and-fall accidents are a common cause of personal injuries on property, but property owners and tenants should be careful about many other dangers that can also cause injury. Some accidents are out of the ordinary, like falling mannequins injuring customers in department stores. Here are some of the most typical premises liability accidents:
- Slip-and-fall: A kind of accident on a walking surface or stairway that's slippery, typically because of spilled food, drinks, puddles of motor oil, ice, snow, or standing water;
- Trip-and-fall: A kind of accident caused by uneven walking surfaces or stairs, torn carpeting or even tree roots;
- Falling through an unsafe surface: This kind of accident tends to happen in construction areas or in old buildings where steps, porches, garages, wooden walkways, or attics might be unstable and unable to bear weight;
- Construction injuries: When falling material, broken ladders, faulty equipment, hazardous material, or dangerous machinery injures a construction worker;
- Pool injuries: Accidents that happen in or around swimming pools, including drowning, near- drowning, or diving injuries. These can result in brain damage or spinal cord injury, including paralysis;
- Accidents in commercial facilities: Customers are frequently injured in commercial facilities that use machinery or equipment like amusement parks, health spas, and sports clubs.
Because Florida has such a large tourist industry, the state processes a high number of premises liability lawsuits against innkeepers. Hotel and inn owners are required to keep their rooms, public areas, and parking areas safe from dangerous conditions, but also from criminal activity. Innkeepers must also provide adequate lighting, security personnel, and locks on doors to protect the property and personal safety of their customers.
If You Have A Claim
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