Both commercial and residential property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises in a safe condition for customers and guests. When they fail to do so, and you are injured as a result of this negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact Shannon J. Sagan, PA, in Lake Worth, Florida, for a free consultation at 561.533.7800.
About Premises Liability
Premises liability is a type of personal injury case that involves an injury on someone else’s land. When an accident occurs, the property owner may be liable to the victim for damages related to the incident.
In most cases, a premises liability claim will be filed through the insurance company after reporting the incident to the property owner. A general liability insurance policy covers several risks associated with running a business, including premises liability, property damage, libel, and more.
If the property where you sustained your injury was residential and not commercial, the injury is likely covered under a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy or HOA insurance.
Types of Premises Liability Claims in Florida
While slip and fall accidents are the most common premises liability cases, other types of claims include:
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites
- Inadequate building security
- Faulty elevators or escalators
- Accidents at amusement parks
- Toxic chemicals
Consulting with an attorney immediately after a premises liability incident can be vital in documenting and preserving evidence that can be used to argue your case. Here at the law office offices of Shannon J. Sagan, PA, we offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, so you face no upfront costs.
General Points to be Analyzed and Considered in a Premises Liability Claim
- Legal Status of Property Visitor: Invitee, Licensee, or Trespasser
- Condition of the Property
- Nature of Activities
- Landlord Responsibility
- Comparative Fault (analyzing whether the injured person is at fault for not exercising reasonable care for his or her own safety)
How to Prove a Premises Liability Claim
In some situations, the property owner will have insurance that covers your damages, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. However, it’s not unusual for the insurance company to attempt to deny liability or minimize the amount of your claim, making the services of premises liability lawyers invaluable.
Premises liability attorneys work with their clients to establish the following:
- The identity of the owner where the incident occurred (or the person who had control over the property, such as a lessee, property manager, etc.)
- Whether there was a duty of care owed to you, the victim
- The property owner knew or should have known of the danger
- The injury you sustained was a result of the property owner’s negligence
- Your injury has led to damages that warrant compensation
Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney
If you need assistance navigating the often complicated landscape of premises liability, I am here to help. The law office of Shannon J. Sagan in Lake Worth, Florida, is dedicated to advocating for the rights of victims who were injured due to a property owner’s negligence.
Our process involves analyzing your case, evaluating what it could be worth, and negotiating with insurance companies and other relevant parties. Contact me at 561.533.7800 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
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