Premises Liability law protects you from others’ negligence
Property owners have certain obligations under local, state and federal laws. While these laws vary from state to state and municipality to municipality, the basic underlying fact is similar regardless of where you live: property owners have an obligation to keep their property and the buildings on them safe for authorized visitors and those conducting business there. When they fail to do so, innocent people can suffer devastating personal injuries.
Premises liability cases are often caused by:
- Uneven Sidewalks & Walkways
- Defective Electrical Wiring
- Poor Construction
- Shoddy Materials
- Building Code Violations
Florida Premises Liability Law
Florida property owners must meet certain obligations in order to ensure that people who are on their property are safe. In Florida, there are three types of visitors property owners must be concerned about: licensees, business invitees, and trespassers. Property owners need to meet the highest level of care for business invitees, second highest level of care for licensees, and lowest level of care for trespassers.
- Business invitees are people who enter the property for business reasons, such as those who stop at a convenience store for food or gas, shop at a local mall for clothing, or buy groceries in a grocery store. For this classification of people, property owners are expected to routinely inspect their business for any potential dangers and repair or provide adequate notice of these dangers. This level of care also holds property owners liable for dangers on their premises that they should have reasonably known about
- Licensees are social guests, such as family members, friends, and others who enter the property for social reasons. However, this classification also includes those who were initially not invited, such as a friend or neighbor stopping by unannounced. For this classification of visitors, property owners are required to repair any unsafe conditions and maintain the property in a reasonably safe manner which includes warning visitors of known dangers
- Trespassers are those who enter a property without permission. Despite the fact they are uninvited guests, property owners still owe trespassers a level of care to prevent reckless or intentional injury. As an example, a property owner would face potential liability if they set up a trip wire that could cause harm to a trespasser by triggering a harmful explosive or another device
Premises liability cases may not be as dramatic or noticeable as car accidents, but they can still cause significant injuries that resonate for years.
Common premises liability injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Electric Shocks
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck & Back Injuries
- Head Injuries
At Cardillo Keith Bonaquist, our premises liability attorneys in Naples have been protecting the rights of our clients since 1975. We have a firm grasp of the relevant laws, procedures, and paperwork required for cases of this nature and can provide you with effective representation at every stage of the legal process.
To learn more about premises liability law or how our lawyers can help you, please contact us online or call us today at 239-774-2229.