Florida law states that property owners must keep their property safe and habitable for occupants or visitors at all times. Unfortunately, some properties suffer from neglect and poor maintenance. Consequently, you may become the victim of an accident due to hazardous environmental conditions on the premises.
If you were injured on someone’s property, you have the right to file a lawsuit for injuries and expenses you incurred as a result of the incident. A premises liability lawyer in Port St. Lucie, FL at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can handle your claim and help you pursue compensation.
Why Should You File a Premises Liability Lawsuit?
When you get injured on someone else’s property in a slip and fall or other accident, you may feel that your claim is not worth filing. You may even feel that the incident was avoidable had you been more careful or observant.
What you may not realize, however, is that poor building conditions and hazardous situations are dangerous for everyone that steps onto the property. A property owner who neglects clear and present danger on the premises needs to be made aware that unsafe conditions are not acceptable. By filing a lawsuit, you pursue your injury expenses, may help keep others from danger, and may contribute to creating a safer environment in or around a residential or commercial structure.
A personal injury that happens as a result of an accident can alter your life in ways you may not realize. It can affect your finances, home life, health, and job in the following manner:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Mental anguish and pain and suffering
- Wages from lost work
- Loss of earning potential
- Rehabilitation and therapy services
- Damages for lost enjoyment of life and reduced lifespan
- Permanent or temporary disability
If a fatality occurs as a result of an injury on the premises, we can help you pursue wrongful death damages. In the case of wrongful death, you can claim compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- Loss of love, affection, and companionship
- Therapy services
Are You Eligible to File a Premises Lawsuit?
According to Florida law, every time you drive or walk onto a property, you fall into one of three occupant categories: invitee, licensee, or trespasser. In any case, you have the right to explore your legal options if you experience an injury while being on the premises. Let us take a closer at these categories and how they may apply to you.
- Public Invitee: You were a public invitee if you were allowed on land that is open to the general public. The owner of the property owes it to the general public to maintain safe premises and warn the public of any hazardous or unsafe conditions.
- Business Invitee: If you were a guest or patron of a business, then you were a business invitee. Business owners have a responsibility to provide a safe environment while you visit their business. They must address and repair hazardous conditions immediately. They must also warn you of potentially dangerous environments such as wet floors, damaged areas, or building renovations.
- Licensee: If you were invited to someone’s home for a party or other social gathering, then, by law, you were a licensee of the premises. It is the homeowners’ responsibility to keep their home free from hazards that might cause injuries. It is also their legal duty to warn you of potential dangers you could experience while at their residence.
- Trespasser: If you do not have the right or permission to be on someone’s property, then you are a trespasser. While it may be more challenging to make a legal claim if you get injured, you can file a civil lawsuit if you can demonstrate that the owner intentionally chose to harm you.
Complexities of Premises Liability Law
As with all legal disputes, premises lawsuits are complex and detailed. The burden of proof of the property owner’s liability for your injuries is on you, the plaintiff.
Without knowledgeable legal representation, you might feel unsure of how to recover the compensation you’ve lost. For example, the property owner or insurance company may try to settle out of court and pay you a fraction of what you deserve. A lot of injured people do not know how to value their claim and may accept a lowball settlement offer.
We recommend hiring a lawyer to help you sort through the claim and guide you through the process from start to finish. With the legal team of the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine on your side, we can help you demonstrate that your injuries occurred as a result of unsafe property conditions and you suffered significant damages as a result.
How to Get Started with a Premises Liability Claim
The first thing you need to know when pursuing a premises liability lawsuit is that the longer you wait to file a claim, the weaker your case might be. Property owners might make the necessary adjustment to the scene of an accident to avoid liability. Therefore, timing is critical.
Call our law offices to get a free case evaluation: 1-800-747-3733.
Our first step will be to establish that the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. We can help you decide how much the property owner should compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. We will guide you through the entire process to help you make wise decisions to strengthen your legal position.
Talk to a Premises Liability Lawyer in Port St. Lucie Today
If you have a personal injury caused by unsafe conditions in a home or business, a personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you file a claim. Get a free, no obligation case evaluation with one of our attorneys who will answer your questions. And because we handle all cases on a contingency basis, it costs you nothing upfront to hire a lawyer.
To schedule an initial consultation in Port St. Lucie, Florida, give us a call at 1-800-747-3733.