Premises Liability Lawyer
Too often we take our safety for granted in our daily lives as we arrive work, visit family and friends, go shopping and enter onto any other private property or public property. When an accident happens on someone else’s property, you may have a right to receive compensation for the medical expenses, pain and suffering that result. In the State of Florida, property owners are required to maintain their properties to reduce or eliminate possible hazards which may cause injury to visitors and guests, or to alert certain visitors of present dangers.
Understanding Premises Liability Claims in Gainesville, FL
An individual who is injured while on public or private property might be eligible to file a premises liability claim. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., in Gainesville, Fla., we believe that every citizen has a right to expect a minimal level of security and that properties should meet certain safety requirements. If negligence has resulted in your injuries, contact our personal injury attorneys so that we can begin exploring your premises liability case.
Not all injuries can be considered premises liability injuries, and there are stipulations that must be met for a successful claim. Our attorneys have been representing Gainesville premises liability for many years, and we have the experience needed to correctly identify and pursue compensation for premises liability claims.
There are three types of property visitors in the State of Florida:
- Invitees: People who are invited onto property for the financial gain or commercial benefit of a business are considered invitees. This type of property visitor is afforded the highest level of care by property owners. An example of an invitee would be a consumer for a grocery store, shopping mail or even the post office. Should the property contain any hazards, it is up to the store owners, property managers or property owners to post advisories or place warning signs that are visible to consumers.
- Licensees: People who enter the premises or property without the intention of doing business, but who are still invited by the property owner or individual that occupies the property, is considered a licensee. In these instances, written notices may not be required, but the occupier or property owner must still warn or alert licensees of any hazards or dangers located on the premises. An example of this type of situation would include an individual (licensee) visiting a neighbor with the neighbor’s permission. Should the neighbor’s property contain a hazard that he or she knows about, such as a broken step that otherwise looks normal, it is the responsibility of the neighbor to inform the licensee of the hazard.
- Trespasser: A trespasser is an individual that enters onto the premises or property without permission. In most cases, trespassers are afforded the least level of care by property owners, and property owners may not be held accountable for injuries sustained on the premises. However, in Florida, occupiers or property owners are not permitted to create hazards on their property with the intention of harming others. An example of a trespasser would be an individual who enters your yard or property without your permission.
Common Premises Liability Injuries
The personal injury attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts have the expertise our clients need in determining whether premises liability claims can be pursued under Florida law. Each premises liability case is subject to an inspection of the incident and factors that may have caused the injury, as well as whether the property owner, manager or person responsible for maintenance of the property can be held liable for areas of disrepair or hazards.
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Negligent Security
- Animal Bites
- Landlord Liability
- Safety Code Violations
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Hospital Infections
- Faulty Lighting Accidents
Gainesville Premises Liability Attorneys
If you are a victim of premises liability, contact the competent personal injury attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts. Our attorneys are dedicated to the Gainesville and greater North Central Florida region and are committed to fighting for Florida’s residents. In fact, Marc Warner, Michael Sechrest and Robert Butts all graduated from the University of Florida and have dedicated their lives to fighting for personal injury victims. We have fought against private and commercial property owners who were negligent in providing safe and secure premises in the North Central Florida area. If you’ve been injured, don’t delay -- contact our office so that we can begin your premises liability case.