Premises liability claims attempt to hold property owners responsible for accidents caused by their negligence. If you suffered an accident because a property owner failed to maintain safe premises, you could be entitled to compensation.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you handle insurance claims and negotiate for a settlement to pay for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. If necessary, a Sarasota premises liability lawyer from our firm can help you with a personal injury lawsuit as well.
To learn more about seeking financial awards, call our team today at 1-800-747-3733.
There Are Many Types of Premises Liability Cases
You should not have to suffer the financial consequences of an accident you did not cause. Personal injury law exists to help victims injured or harmed by another person’s negligence. Premises liability law is a branch of personal injury law dealing with accidents that happen because a property owner fails to maintain a reasonably safe environment.
There are several different types of premises liability cases, including:
- Negligent security claims
- Slip and fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Injuries caused by fires, flooding, or toxic substances
- Dangerous buildings
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Dog bite injuries
Your Status on the Property
To pursue compensation in a premises liability case, your personal injuries must have occurred while you were legally on the property. Hotels, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, retail stores, and other commercial properties are open to the public to conduct business. Anyone patronizing the business during open hours is an invitee and legally on the premises. When it comes to residential properties, an invitee is anyone on the property under the invitation of the owner or renter.
Invitees are owed a legal duty of care, but the same is not true for trespassers. According to Florida Statute § 768.075, property owners are not liable for injuries suffered by trespassers unless:
- The property owner acted with gross negligence.
- The property owner acted with intentional misconduct.
You Can Pursue Compensation for Your Medical Bills and More
Premises liability accidents can lead to a host of injuries, including:
- Broken limbs
- Head injuries
- Hip fractures
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Back injuries
- Cognitive disabilities
This is only the physical toll an accident can take. In addition to bodily harm, accident victims often suffer from emotional and mental anguish. The trauma of an accident and the effects of a serious injury can lead to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and behavior changes.
Recovering from an accident can mean weeks or months of missed work. Some injuries may prevent the victim from returning to work in the future. While you are out of a job, medical bills, living expenses, and rent or mortgage payments continue to pile up.
A Sarasota premises liability lawyer from our firm can help you seek awards to pay for these damages and more. You could be entitled compensation for:
- Medical procedures
- Emergency department care
- Physical therapy
- Mobility aids
- Back pay and loss of future earnings
- Damaged property
- Wrongful death benefits
- Pain and suffering
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to learn more about pursuing financial awards.
Understanding Florida’s Comparative Fault Law
In Florida, you can seek compensation even if you are partially at fault for your accident. According to Florida Statute § 768.81, the state follows a pure comparative fault model. This means that you can seek awards even if you are more than 50 percent responsible for your injuries. Florida does not have a fault threshold that bars plaintiffs from pursuing awards.
However, any settlement you win will be awarded based on the percentage of fault the court assigns to you.
A Lawyer Can Help You Prove Your Premises Liability Claim
To be awarded compensation, you need to prove the property owner’s actions led to your injuries. For example, an owner may be liable if broken concrete, ripped carpeting, loose tiles, or a pothole caused your slip and fall. You may have proof that negligent security resulted in your assault if an apartment owner failed to change the locks between tenants, install proper lighting, or put in an alarm system.
A premises liability attorney from our firm may be able to help you prove negligence using evidence such as:
- Photographs of the accident location
- Maintenance and repair records
- Police reports
- Accident reports
- Surveillance footage
- Eyewitness accounts
- Expert opinions
- Medical bills and records
- Rental and lease agreements
Do Not Let Insurance Companies Pressure You into an Unfair Settlement
Insurance companies know that dealing with claims is a hassle and that you need compensation quickly. They may use this knowledge to push you into accepting a settlement.
You should not have to take an inadequate payment. If the insurance companies try to push you around, a premises liability attorney from our firm can push back. We will negotiate on your behalf, and if we cannot secure a fair settlement for you, we can take your claim to court.
Keep in mind you have four years to file a personal injury case and two years for wrongful death, according to Florida Statute § 95.11.
Discuss Your Options with Our Team Today
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our team is ready to assist you with a free, no-obligation consultation. We are here to answer your questions and help you determine your next steps.
If you work with us, a Sarasota premises liability lawyer from our firm will help you every step of the way. We can handle pursuing compensation so that you can turn your attention to recovering from your accident.
We go the extra mile for our clients. We will never leave you wondering about the status of your case. We will always make ourselves available to you via phone and email. We will even go so far as to provide you with your attorney’s cell phone number.
Because you do not need any more financial pressure, we take cases on contingency. This means you owe us nothing upfront, and we do not collect a fee unless we win your case. You can speak to a member of our team today by calling 1-800-747-3733.
We Can Help.