Many personal injury cases are centered in the legal theory of premises liability. Premises liability law states that a property owner has the legal duty to repair or warn of unsafe or defective conditions on a property to prevent injury. If a property owner fails to use reasonable care to maintain a property, resulting in injury to an invitee or licensee, he or she is guilty of negligence. Similar to other personal injury cases, a plaintiff and his or her Tampa premises liability lawyer must prove a property owner’s negligence to obtain compensation for injuries.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases
There is no limit to the number of accidents and injuries that can occur on a property. However, there are some kinds of premises liability cases our personal injury attorneys in Tampa Bay more than others. Knowing the most common types of cases can help you avoid injury in the future, or pursue compensation for your current injuries.
- Slip and fall/trip and fall accidents. Slips, trips, and falls are the most common types of premises liability accidents. A person may suffer an injury from slipping or tripping on spilled liquids, slippery floors, ice in the parking lot, an uneven curb, loose carpeting, exposed wires, objects obstructing the path, faulty stairs, or a number of other things. It’s a property owner’s responsibility to maintain a property enough to fix these hazards or warn people of known dangers.
- Swimming pool accidents. Hundreds of residents of Tampa Bay have private swimming pools in their backyards. Unfortunately, these pools are the sites of many traumatic accidents and injuries. Failing to cover or enclose a swimming pool, for example, can lead to a child wandering into the yard, falling in the pool, and drowning. Improper pool maintenance and failure to post warning signs for known hazards, such as a pool too shallow for diving, can also result in serious injury or wrongful death.
- Inadequate building security. If a property owner knows or reasonably should know that an area is dangerous, it is his or her legal responsibility to invest in adequate security to protect visitors or customers. This may include security cameras, lights, or guards. Lack of security leading to robbery, mugging, assault, or other injury can lead to property owner liability.
Other types of premises liability cases include elevator and escalator accidents, dog bites, amusement park accidents, fires, water leaks/flooding, and toxic fumes or harmful chemicals on a property.
Premises Liability Laws in Florida
Premises liability accidents come down to a property owner’s duty of care and breach of this duty, resulting in injury. Property owners owe different standards of care depending on the classification of the visitor. An invitee is someone a property owner gives implied or expressed consent to visit, such as customers, friends, and relatives. A licensee also has permission to enter a property, but is there for his/her own reasons, such as a salesperson or repair technician. Property owners owe invitees the highest standards of care, and must keep a property reasonably safe. Owners must only warn licensees of dangerous conditions. Property owners do not owe trespassers any duty of care other than to not cause intentional harm to him or her.
Contact a Tampa Premises Liability Attorney
If you believe a property owner breached his or her standard of duty to you as an invitee or licensee in Tampa Bay, resulting in your personal injury, please contact Fiol Law Group. We know how difficult it can be to recover from a slip and fall or other premises liability accident, and want to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. We offer free consultations so you can speak with an attorney regarding the details of your particular case and find out if we believe you have grounds for a lawsuit.