Stuart & Treasure Coast Premises Liability Lawyer
When a property has been poorly maintained and a person subsequently injures themselves as a result, it becomes a case of premises liability. Premises liability is a category of personal injury law that allows an injured party to recover damages if they have been hurt on someone’s property due to a hazard that could have been prevented, such as decrepit stairs that a visitor falls on or an aggressive dog who bites the delivery worker. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, be it residential or commercial, and you believe the situation that led to your injury was unsafe, you may have a premises liability claim and should speak with an attorney. The Stuart & Treasure Coast premises liability lawyers at Scott Smith Injury Law have handled a variety of premises liability claims along the Treasure Coast and help you seek compensation for your injuries.
Florida Law Regarding Slip and Falls Accidents
Florida Statute 768.0755 states that if a person slips and falls in a place of business, the injured party must prove that the business was aware of the dangerous situation and therefore should have remedied it. This is called constructive knowledge and to prove it there must be evidence to show the following:
- That the dangerous slip and fall conditions existed for long enough that the business establishment should have become aware of the hazard; or
- That the condition was a regular occurrence and should have been predictable.
If a store sees a slipping hazard, it is their duty to clean it or put up floor hazard signs. Furthermore, they should have dry mats in areas where the floor is likely to be a slipping hazard. An experienced Florida premises liability attorney can help you prove that there was constructive knowledge in your case.
Additional Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability goes beyond slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents. Other property concerns that can lead to injuries include:
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Toxic fumes or chemical poisoning;
- Injuries such as sexual assault occurring from negligent security;
- Amusement park accidents;
- Animal attacks such as dog bites;
- Retail or store accidents;
- Spilled water or liquids;
- Missing handrails or broken stairs; and
Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires all personal swimming pools to have at least one of the safety features listed in the law, such as a four foot high fence or pool cover. Similarly, many other places and features within a location have regulations for how it should be built and maintained. A premises liability attorney will be able to determine when short cuts have been taken and safety has been ignored.
Scott Smith Injury Law Attorneys Represent Premises Liability Cases in Stuart
If you are injured in what you believe to be a premises liability case it is important that you contact a lawyer quickly. A Treasure Coast attorney who is skilled in premises liabilities claims will help you collect evidence before it disappears and guide you through what steps to take next in your claim. The lawyers at Scott Smith Injury Law can be reached at 561-500-4357. Call us today to set up a free consultation.