Fort Myers Premises Liability Attorneys in Southwest Florida
Most of us realize that an accident can happen anywhere, but it is especially disheartening when one happens in a place we all trust — a friend’s house, the neighbor’s yard, the apartment or hotel room we rent, a business with a sterling reputation, etc.
After all, when someone or some business opens their doors to you, you expect that they’ve made it safe for you to step inside. That expectation is a reasonable one, and the law protects it.
Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that focuses on a property owner’s duty to maintain safe conditions and reduce risks of harm.
The Florida premises liability laws provide a lot of protection to people who are injured on someone else’s property. Landlords and property owners have a legal responsibility to make sure their premises are safe and to address any hazards that they knew (or should have known) existed.
If they fail to do so, they can be held financially liable for the full extent of the pain, injuries, and suffering that arise as a result.
Viles & Beckman, LLC is a Fort Myers personal injury law firm serving Southwest Florida as well as people living throughout the entire Sunshine State. Premises liability cases represent a key part of our focus as attorneys.
We have helped countless Floridians who’ve been unfairly injured by someone else’s hazardous premises conditions, and it is our sincere belief that these victims never deserve to bear the burden of an injury by themselves.
If you have suffered moderate or serious damages while visiting someone else’s premises — whether it’s a public, private, or commercial party — our experienced Fort Myers premises liability attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you are owed.
A Common Issue in Florida Personal Injury Cases
Premises liability issues arise in many different kinds of cases. Indeed, it is a factor in a large portion of all personal injury cases.
After all, every injury happens somewhere. Unless it happened on your own property, there is a chance that premises liability issues might be at play (potentially in conjunction with many other issues and areas of law). That’s why it is so important to work with experienced attorneys who understand these sometimes-complicated intersections of law.
Types of Property
While a premises liability case can emerge from virtually any premises, property, facility, or business location, there are a few specific sites that seem to cause property-related injuries again and again. These include:
- Retail stores
- Grocery stores
- Hardware stores
- Shopping malls
- Hotels, motels, timeshares, and resorts
- Apartment complexes
- Condo complexes
- Parking lots / garages
- Public swimming pools
- Amusement parks / theme parks
- Public and private parks
- Construction sites
- Office buildings
- Sports complexes / arenas
- Entertainment venues
- Nursing homes
- Schools (public and private)
- Nightclubs / dance clubs
- Gyms / spas / fitness facilities / health clubs
- City or government-owned property / roadways / transit
Please understand that you may have a very strong premises liability claim even if your injury didn’t happen in any of these places. These are only a few of the most common injury sites.
Regardless of where you might have been hurt, if hazardous conditions or inadequate security played a role, you should talk to our Fort Myers premises liability attorneys right away.
Types of Accidents
Likewise, certain kinds of accidents are more likely to happen when premises aren’t well protected or maintained. These include:
- Slip and fall
- Trip and fall
- Dog bites
- Animal attacks
- Electrocution / shock
- Fire, flame, or explosion injuries / burns
- Falls from heights
- Assault and/or battery
- Burglary / robbery
- Rape or violent crime
These are not the only accidents that can support a strong premises liability lawsuit in Florida. Regardless of the nature of your accident or injury, please contact our Fort Myers premises liability attorneys before drawing any conclusions about your rights under the law.
Inadequate Security: Robbery, Violence, Security Breaches, Assault, Etc.
In addition to removing hazardous conditions and warning the public about potential dangers, landlords and property owners also have a duty to maintain proper security to protect the public from crime. This is especially true if the property has been the site of dangerous or criminal activity in the past or is in a dangerous neighborhood.
Landlords and owners can be held liable for many kinds of negligent security, including:
- Overgrown bushes
- Dim lighting in common areas
- Deserted or poorly lit parking lots
- Inadequate safety or warning signage
- Broken locks
- Granting premises access in violation of policy, lease terms, etc.
- Lack of alarms, security cameras, or other security measures (in some cases)
- Negligent hiring or training of security officers / patrol
- Negligence by the security officers themselves
- Failure to take action after a recent act of violence or a crime
There are many other instances of negligent security. If you believe there is more that the landlords or property owners could have done to keep you safe, give us a call.
Injured on Someone Else’s Property? Our Fort Myers Premises Liability Attorneys Can Help.
Premises liability laws apply to all kinds of property: residential, business, and governmental. So whether you are hurt in an apartment complex or while walking down the aisle at the grocery store, you have a right to expect that these places will be safe for you. When they aren’t, the law is on your side. So are we.
If you’d like to learn more about premises liability in Florida, we invite you to visit our FAQ. Alternatively, feel free to schedule a free case evaluation with our attorneys. We can answer your questions, explain how the law might apply in your situation, and help you determine the potential value of your claim.
Contact us online or call 800.648.4537 to schedule a free case review with our Fort Myers premises liability attorneys today.