Answers To Your Florida Premises Liability Questions
When property owners fail to maintain their premises in safe condition, injuries can result. At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP, in Miami, our attorneys have extensive experience helping people who have been injured because of property owner neglect. We have recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for clients, including many who suffered injuries due to dangerous premises. Call 305-371-2692 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation. To learn more about premises liability issues, please review the frequently asked questions below.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability claims arise when property owners fail to address maintenance or safety issues that they know about or should have known about. It includes many types of accidents, including slip-and-falls, criminal assaults due to inadequate security, dog bites, swimming pool accidents and more.
Can I Sue For Any Injury Suffered On Someone Else’s Property?
No. To prove that a property owner was liable for your injuries, you must show that his or her actions exposed you to an unreasonable risk of harm. If you fell down the stairs because there was a broken step that the owner just hadn’t gotten around to repairing, that’s premises liability. If the stairs were well-lit, properly maintained and otherwise safe for use, you may not have a claim. The circumstances of your accident make all the difference. If you are not sure whether you have a claim, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
What Is Negligent Security?
A lack of proper security can serve as an invitation to criminal activity. Alleys and parking lots can invite criminal assaults or robberies. Places like hotels and cruise ships owe a duty to guests to provide adequate security to deter crime. Negligent security claims arise when a person is injured in a crime that was foreseeable and that could have been prevented by reasonable security measures.
What If The Neighbor’s Dog Bit Me On My Property?
Dog bite and animal attack cases are a subset of premises liability. It is not necessary for a dog bite to occur on the dog owner’s property for liability to arise. Owners are expected to take reasonable steps to protect the public from their animals. If a dog is allowed to run free and it bites someone, it is quite possible that the owner is liable for any resulting harm.
Can I Pursue A Claim From Out Of Town?
Many people injured in hotels, on cruise ships and at other entertainment locations are not Miami locals. If you were injured while visiting South or Central Florida, our lawyers can work with you to seek compensation in the most convenient way possible. It may be possible to get full compensation without requiring you to travel back to Florida.
What Are Some Common Dangerous Conditions That Give Rise To Injury Claims?
Injuries can result from a wide range of unsafe conditions. Slick or wet floors are a common problem. Swimming pools that are accessible by children and are not staffed with properly trained lifeguards are a problem. Injuries can occur on improperly maintained elevators and escalators, broken sidewalks, in crowded bars and almost anywhere you can imagine. Property owners who ignore known safety hazards put your safety and the safety of every visitor at risk.
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