Premises Liability Attorneys Helping Accident Victims Pursue Justice in Miami, Florida
Premises liability cases relate to accidents that take place on property owned by other parties, be they business owners, government entities, places of work, or homeowners. The property owner or managing staff has a certain level of duty to uphold the safety and security of any lawful guests, workers, and visitors. Suppose a hazardous condition develops and the manager or owner does not address the issue in a reasonable time. In that case, they may be held liable for any injuries resulting from that hazard.
If you or a family member have been injured in a premises liability case, you have the legal right to explore the possibility of recovering compensation from the property owners. In order to do so, it is vital that you prove a level of negligence contributed to the accidental injury.
The property owner’s insurance company may offer you a settlement for your injury. However, too often, these settlements do not adequately address a victim’s pain and suffering and may even leave the victim on the hook for costly medical expenses. You do not need to accept this insult. You have legal rights. You can demand more.
With a premises liability lawsuit, it is possible to recover maximum compensation for your injuries and emotional distress. However, filing a successful lawsuit while suffering from painful injuries is a daunting task. For those unfamiliar with navigating the legal system in personal injury law, we recommend hiring a premises liability attorney.
At Mausner Graham Injury Law PLLC, our legal team has years of experience representing accident victims in complex premises liability cases such as yours. Suppose negligent property owners knew of unsafe conditions and did nothing to prevent harm from befalling you. In that case, you should seek to hold them accountable not only for yourself but in an attempt to prevent future injuries if the property owner does not learn their lesson.
Our law offices offer free consultations to prospective new clients looking to better understand their legal options. Call our firm to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team today.
What is an Example of a Premises Liability Accident?
Suppose a shopping mall knows that its escalator is malfunctioning but does nothing to warn the public. In that case, it may be liable for any escalator accidents that harm a visitor to the mall.
Private property owners who do not tend to an icy sidewalk outside their homes may find themselves held accountable for liability accidents if someone should slip and fall on that ice. A slip-and-fall accident can be dangerous, as many victims land on their head or neck, causing serious injuries or possibly even death.
Tenants of a multi-story apartment building who raise awareness of inadequate lighting in the stairwells may have a valid premises liability claim if anyone ever suffers an injury while attempting to navigate those stairs. The apartment building’s landlord should have either fixed the dangerous conditions right away or at least raised awareness to prevent further harm from coming to their tenants.
If luxury hotels know that there are problems with their swimming pools — whether it be toxic water, exposed electrical wires, or a lack of lifeguards on duty — they must either address this danger with proper signage or fix it without delay. If a hotel guest gets sick, electrocuted, or drowns in a swimming pool, the hotel could be responsible for injury or wrongful death.
If there is inadequate or negligent security in a parking lot, women may become victims of assault. Should a premises liability lawyer be able to prove that this lapse in security led to the assaults, then the property owners or the security staff may be held financially accountable for damages.
At a place of work, if an employee is exposed to toxic fumes or other dangerous chemicals, they may be able to hold their employer accountable.
Please contact our Miami-based law offices to schedule a free consultation with a member of our staff to discuss your case in more detail.
Who or What May Be Held Liable in a Florida Premises Liability Case?
If you suffer an injury on someone else’s property, you may have the makings for a premises liability case.
Parties that may be held accountable for a premises liability injury include:
- Amusement park
- Apartment building
- Business owner
- Cruise ships
- Government agency
- Grocery stores
- Landlord or landowner
- Maintenance company
- Retail store
- Security guards
- Shopping mall
- Store owner or manager
What Duty is Owed to a Trespasser?
While a property owner owes a duty to warn lawful visitors of any hazardous conditions on their property, the same duty does not extend to those who are on the property without express consent or invitation. That being said, there is still a certain level of care that property owners owe, even the unlawful trespassers. Simply put, the property owner or managing staff cannot create hazards, traps, or conditions with the express consent of hurting any potential trespasser.
Are There Special Exceptions for Children?
While trespassers are not granted the same level of protection that is afforded to lawful visitors and workers, children are held to a different standard. Suppose a child of young age enters a building without consent or invitation and suffers an injury from a hazardous condition. In that case, the property owner may be held liable regardless of the child’s right to be there.
What Types of Financial Compensation Could Premises Liability Accident Victims Potentially Recover?
With a successful premises liability suit, it is possible to recover compensation that may help lift the financial burden that came with your injuries and ease your suffering. These settlements can take the form of both economic and non-economic damages.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Cost of future medical treatment or physical therapy
- Disability modifications
- Loss of benefits
- Lost future income in the event that the injury prevents the return to work
- Lost wages
- Past medical expenses
- Property damage
- Psychological therapy
Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Loss of quality of life
- Lost companionship
- Mental anguish, PTSD, and emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with Experienced Premises Liability Lawyers Today
If you have suffered an injury in a premises liability accident, it is crucial that you hire legal representation. While you may find success in filing a lawsuit against a neighbor, some at-fault parties for premises liability are billion-dollar companies. You wouldn’t want to go it alone in a case against the likes of Walmart, Kroger, Home Depot, etc. You want to have an experienced professional lawyer in your corner, always protecting your best interests.
Our law firm has a respectable track record of success representing accident victims in cases similar to yours. While no results can ever be guaranteed in a court of law, we have the knowledge to assist you as you seek justice and financial recovery for your accident.
Our legal staff operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you only owe us a fee for our legal services if we successfully recover a settlement for your case. If we cannot recover compensation for your claim, you will not owe us a dime in legal fees. Additionally, our offices offer a free initial consultation to all prospective new clients looking to better understand the extent and the limitations of premises liability lawsuits. This consultation is risk-free and comes with zero obligation to retain our legal counsel for your case. If, for any reason, you do not feel that we are the right legal team for your case, you may seek representation elsewhere. With that being said, we have the right lawyers to help you through this challenge, and we would be proud to represent your case.
To schedule your free consultation, please call our Miami law offices at 305-344-4878.