Faulty Lighting Accident & Injury Attorneys
Inadequate lighting presents serious safety hazards which often result in tripping, falling and an increased sense of vulnerability to otherwise visible dangers. If you or a loved one are injured due to poor lighting conditions in Gainesville, FL, the personal injury lawyers with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. can aggressively defend your rights as a victim to adequate compensation for your recovery. Contact our law firm to discuss your personal injury claim.
Common Types Of Faulty Lighting
Accidents are frequently the result of faulty lighting. When an individual is within a retail store, office building, parking lot, stairwell or another public location, he or she has both the reasonable expectation and right to adequate visibility. The presence of a well-maintained public area is integral to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of those within the setting. The following types of ineffective lighting may result in severe bodily harm to those within the area and the occurrence of criminal activity.
- Failure to replace damaged lights
- Improperly maintained lighting
- Failure to install adequate lighting where required
- Reduced lighting in a public space while individuals are present
- Lack of regular maintenance to dimly lit public areas
When faulty lighting is coupled with structural safety hazards, such as wet or slicks stairs; blockages within public walkways; or narrow and steep stairs, for example, the rate of occurrence regarding traumatic injuries steadily increases. If a faulty lighting injury results in the injury or death of a loved one, our personal injury attorneys can help — contact us today.
Common Faulty Lighting Injuries
Falls — whether from slipping or tripping — are among the most common accidents which occur due to faulty lighting. Second to falling, other types of accidents, such as collisions with nearby objects or other individuals, also may occur due to reduced visibility. The following types of common faulty lighting injuries vary in the degree of severity, ranging from minor bumps and bruises to serious life-altering injuries with long-term and far-reaching consequences.
- Facial injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Back and neck fracture
- Sprains and strains
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Requirements For Premises Liability Claims
At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A, our Gainesville premise liability attorneys are committed to helping each client determine whether they have a viable claim for personal injury and providing them with comprehensive guidance throughout each step of the premises liability process. As with other cases of premise liability, the specific circumstances regarding a faulty lighting accident serves to help our attorneys determine whether the sustained injuries resulted from property owner negligence. Should the evidence identify the property owner as the responsible party for your injuries, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim and receive compensation for personal injury damages. Compensation may include lost wages due to the inability to work, the cost of prescribed medication, and bills for medical treatment. The duty of care and responsibility owed to a victim at the time of the injury is key in determining whether a claim of negligence by the property or business owner can sufficiently be established.
How To Determine Property Owner Negligence
Our personal injury lawyers detail that the three aspects of an accident which are vital to determining the appropriate course of action regarding a premises liability case include: whether the victim is at fault of any negligence; whether negligence by the business or property owner occurred; and the reasonable duty of care owed to the victim at the time of the accident.
Florida courts assign varying degrees of responsibility to property and business owners with regard to the status of the visiting individual — public invitees, business invitees, licensees and trespassers.
Determining The Status Of The Visitor
According to Florida law, property and business owners are required to extend the highest duty of care both to public invitees, business invitees, and business licensees, while little to no duty is owed to injured trespassers while on the property.
Public invitees are described as individuals who are invited to enter and/or remain on the property as a member of the public for the reason for which the property is open to the public.
Business invitees are those who are invited to enter and/or remain on the property for a purpose that is part of business matters with the owners or possessors of the property.
Licensees are those who are invited to enter and/or remain on the property as social guests. As with public and business invitees, licensees are also owed the highest duty of care.
Trespassers are those who have no permissions to enter and/or remain on the property, yet still enters onto the property. The lowest duty of care is owed to trespassers by property owners.
Proving General Negligence Of Premises Liability
Both private and commercial property owners have a responsibility to provide and maintain reasonably safe and secure conditions to visitors. If your injuries occurred as a result of a property owner’s negligence in providing and maintaining sufficient lighting, the negligent party may be held accountable for the personal injury damages incurred. Victims of accidents which occur due to inadequate lighting are required to prove a number of specific factors with regard to the general negligence of the property or business owner, which include the following.
- The property owner had or should have had knowledge of the dangerous condition
- The property owner failed to effectively remedy the dangerous condition
- The claimant was injured as a result of the negligent condition
- The claimant suffered injuries which require compensation
The most effective way to determine whether your injury was caused due to property owner negligence is with the legal representation of our personal injury lawyers in Gainesville. We are determined to help you recover the compensation you deserve for personal injury damages. Contact us today to discuss your premises liability case with our attorneys.