Business owners, property owners, and site managers are responsible for keeping their buildings safe. In the absence of safety standards, clients and renters can get hurt. Premises liability injuries can be serious, involving both hospital expenses and emotional trauma.
The victims of premises liability accidents have the right to pursue compensation from the liable party. A Fort Pierce premises liability lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will investigate your case and assist you as you fight for a fair settlement. We know what you’re going through, and want to help you win fair compensation.
What Qualifies As a Premises Liability Case?
The term premises liability is more complicated than it sounds. These cases revolve around injuries sustained on another person’s property. For example, if a falling sign struck you at a grocery store, you could qualify for a personal injury settlement.
In their recommended practices guide, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides a few common premises injury risk factors, including:
- Fire hazards
- Electrical hazards
- Workplace violence
- Equipment operation
This isn’t an exhaustive list, though. Our lawyers can represent clients who’ve suffered from:
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Falling signage or other objects
- Dangerous chemicals
Damages You Could Recover in a Premises Liability Case
Damages in a premises liability case, which account for your specific losses, are largely contingent on the type and severity of your injuries. They can be impacted by whether you pursue an insurance settlement or lawsuit. They may include:
- Medical expenses: Serious injuries are expensive. You may have to pay for extended hospital time or expensive procedures, like surgery.
- Lost wages: Being left unable to work will further complicate your case. You can receive compensation for your lost wages, both present and future.
- Pain and suffering: Damages don’t just account for your financial losses. Non-economic damages cover the ways you’ve suffered emotionally from your accident.
- Loss of consortium: Some premises liability cases involve a wrongful death. We extend our condolences to those who’ve lost loved ones and would be proud to represent them as they pursue additional damages.
Florida is a comparative negligence state. Your percent of responsibility in the accident can reduce your settlement. For example, if you were 30 percent responsible for the accident in a $10,000 suit, you’d only be eligible to receive $7,000. To take advantage of this rule, the defense or relevant insurer may suggest that you were participating in one of these behaviors at the time of the accident:
- Taunting a dangerous animal
- Behaving in an otherwise unsafe manner
What Our Premises Liability Lawyers Can Do for Your Fort Pierce Case
Florida law doesn’t require hiring a lawyer if you’re pursuing compensation from another party. However, this process isn’t necessarily straightforward. Insurance negotiations are complicated. A lawsuit requires in-depth knowledge of highly specific legal proceedings.
We understand that you may already have a full plate after your accident. Between hospital visits and juggling case expenses, the last thing you likely want to manage is a complex premises liability case. We have your back. This is how we care for our clients:
- We’ll provide you with the phone number of the lawyer assigned to your case
- We promptly answer any legal questions you have – you can reach us via text, email, or over the phone
- We’ll help you schedule your case-related appointments
- We’ll do the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to
Managing a legal case is about more than legal advice, though. We care about results, too. This is how we’ll pursue your compensation.
Negotiate With Insurers
Fort Pierce, like many other municipalities throughout Florida, requires businesses to carry a variety of insurance types. For instance, events slated to provide alcohol must carry a minimum of $200,000 in liability insurance.
This means that to secure compensation, you’ll likely have to negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurers. The process is fraught with potential errors. The insurer would rather offer you a low settlement than fairly compensate you for your losses. If you agree to a bad settlement you’re stuck—insurance agreements are legally binding in Florida.
Our team is familiar with the insurance negotiation process. We will:
- Push for the best settlement offer possible
- Protect you from bad faith insurance practices
- Negotiate with insurers on your behalf
- Act as your representative—you won’t need to deal with insurers
To win a premises liability case, you must show that another party was responsible for your injuries. This process entails two steps. First, we’ll review all the evidence associated with your case. Then, our lawyers will work to show that:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care—meaning they were responsible for keeping you from harm
- They didn’t uphold this duty and exposed you to a dangerous situation
- This failure caused a premises liability accident
- You suffered verifiable losses as a result
What Our Past Clients Say About Our Personal Injury Firm
This commitment to our clients has led to us receiving hundreds of positive reviews. This is what some of them have said about working with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine:
- “The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine went above and beyond all expectations in providing me with top notch service and follow through in successfully settling my case for me, and negotiating my medical bills. Their entire staff were very hands on in providing me with updates. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of their services!” – Adam S.
- “Prompt and courteous answers to questions. Great communication from everyone involved with your case. Phenomenal case results. A completely and thoroughly enjoyable legal experience from beginning to conclusion of my case. Thank you so much.” – Jos I.
Don’t Let Your Premises Liability Case Get Away From You
The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is usually four years under Florida Statutes § 95.11. This deadline can be shorter or longer, depending on the context of your case.
We encourage you to get started as soon as you can. While not all premises liability cases will require lawsuit, they will all benefit from the use of a lawsuit as a bargaining chip. Similarly, the more time we have to build your case, the better. Our team cares about success, and we want you to have the best possible shot at winning your case.
Call Our Team Today To Discuss Your Fort Pierce Premises Liability Case
Our Fort Pierce lawyers operate on a contingency-fee basis. We don’t require any front payment and won’t get paid unless you win. Call our offices for a free premises liability case evaluation today.
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