Florida property owners are legally required to provide a safe and hazard-free environment for all visitors (that are legally on the property) whether the property is private, commercial, public, or owned by a government body. Any failure to address issues that result in injuries is covered under premises liability law, which is a form of tort law designed to recover damages for a victim of a property owner’s negligence. This negligence can take many forms, from something as simple as a wet floor to a major structural issue like an entire floor caving in. Of course, there are countless other examples of premises liability cases that entitle a victim (or, in the event of a fatal accident, a victim’s surviving family members) to compensation for a variety of impacts referred to in personal injury law as “damages.”
After an accident on someone else’s property, it can be confusing or overwhelming to make sense of the legal ramifications of this situation, as well as how best to move forward with getting the money you deserve. Typically, a victim will file a claim against the at-fault’s homeowner’s insurance or commercial business insurance, which is — at first glance — a straightforward process, but one that is not designed with the victim’s best interests in mind. An insurer will typically focus on settling a claim as quickly and cheaply as possible while avoiding the possibility of a lengthy or expensive lawsuit.
A personal injury attorney approaches this process from the victim’s perspective and may also work to avoid a lawsuit, but through aggressively negotiating for an out-of-court settlement that accurately reflects the victim’s best interests.
Contact 1-800-Injured To Find an Orlando Premises Liability Attorney
1-800-Injured is an attorney and medical referral service. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a premises liability accident, your top priority is getting the medical care you need to get your life back on track. Unfortunately, this means that finding an attorney promptly can be a daunting task that many put off until it’s too late, only realizing that they were entitled to much more money after they have already accepted the settlement offer from the insurance company and waived their rights to future legal action.
Instead of taking on the stress of your personal injury claim while trying to recover from your injuries and adjusting to the many changes in your life, contact 1-800-Injured to connect with an attorney in Orlando for a free consultation. During your consultation, you will be able to explain the situation to an experienced premises liability lawyer who can help you make sense of your options and give you a better understanding of what you can expect moving forward with their help.
Common Examples of Premises Liability Accidents in Orlando
The following are just a few of the many possible ways that someone may be injured or killed on someone else’s property. Whether or not your specific accident is listed below, contact us now to connect with an attorney for a free consultation where you will be able to learn all about how your situation fits into premises liability law.
Slip and Fall Cases
As the name implies, a slip and fall is any sort of accident where a victim slips (or trips) and falls, typically due to a wet floor, loose carpeting, slick flooring, and in colder climates, icy walkways. The ubiquitous “WET FLOOR” sign often in front of public restrooms and grocery aisles is meant to warn visitors and avoid liability issues.
Improper Security or Lighting
A poorly lit parking lot or a hotel without appropriate security measures are two examples of improper security or lighting that can lead to violent and dangerous interactions such as robbery, assault, rape, or even murder. If you or a loved one is attacked in a situation that could have been avoided with proper accommodations may entitle you to seek compensation for your suffering.
Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pools are a great way to cool off in the notoriously hot Orlando weather, but they can be a liability nightmare for property owners. Pools must be secured with several measures that are supposed to keep children and adults safe, but a failure to maintain each of these measures can lead to an injury or fatal drowning, both of which may entitle the victims or survivors to compensation through a premises liability claim or lawsuit.
Escalators are simple and effective ways to move people between floors in public or commercial buildings. Still, they must be rigorously maintained to ensure that people riding an escalator up or down are not at risk of an avoidable accident. Escalator accidents can be extremely dangerous and may even lead to fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an escalator (or elevator) accident, 1-800-Injured can connect you with an attorney who will help you build a case for the money you deserve.
Improper Stairway Maintenance
Stairs must be built to meet specific Florida building codes, including things like tread depth, riser height, handrail specifications, and more. Even a stairwell built to code must then be maintained, and something like rusted hangers for a handrail can lead to a fall if the rail breaks loose while someone is using it to support their weight. Other stairway maintenance issues include poor lighting, wet surfaces, broken treads, missing steps, and more.
Are You Ready To Get The Money You Deserve?
You do not need to go through the personal injury claim process alone, and in fact, you do not even need to go through the process of finding an attorney alone. 1-800-Injured can connect you with an Orlando premises liability attorney who can use their experience to build a compelling case and fight for the money you are rightfully entitled to after suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligent property management practices. So contact us as soon as possible to get started on your journey today.