Premises liability law varies by state. In general, though, a property owner in Florida may be liable to invitees injured on their premises, if the property owner either knew or through reasonable care should have known that there was a hazardous condition on the premises. In addition, others on their property would not know about the hazard or would not be able to protect themselves against it and the property owner fails to take reasonable measures to remedy the hazard or warn others of it.
Now that Halloween is over, and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, people in Miami might be giving a thought to their holiday shopping, particularly Black Friday. Stores offer great deals and are open extended hours at this time of the year to entice shoppers in. However, with an influx of patrons brings the duty for storeowners to be extra-vigilant that their premises are safe for customers.
Whether one is a social guest at a friend's house or a patron at a grocery store, they generally expect that the places they frequent are safe. Unfortunately, sometimes property owners are negligent in keeping their premises safe, causing others on their property to suffer injuries. When this happens, the injured party might want to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. However, a property owner's duty of care in such cases can depend on the status of those on their property.
Many homeowners in Florida have swimming pools. In a state that can see hot weather year-round, swimming pools are a great way to cool down. However, property owners should understand that when it comes to swimming pools and children, the property owner could find themselves the subject of a premises liability claim.
A broken handrail, torn carpet or wet floor may seem rather innocuous but, in reality, they can be very dangerous to those who do not know they are there. A person in Florida could slip or trip and fall on these surfaces and become seriously injured in the process. Broken bones, sprains and head injuries are not uncommon in these instances.
With children out of school for the summer and people vacationing in Florida, swimming at this time of year is especially enjoyable. However, swimming can also be a dangerous activity.
Florida may be free from icy sidewalks, but that doesn't mean that slip-and-fall accidents do not occur. Unfortunately, they occur all too often. People slip and fall in stores, restaurants, hotels and more. Really, any business establishment could be the site of a slip-and-fall accident. And, when one occurs, those injured may wish to pursue a premises liability lawsuit.
Florida residents may already understand that a slip-and-fall lawsuit could happen if a person falls down and is injured inside a building, such as a store, hotel or restaurant. However, what they may not know is that slip-and-fall accidents can occur outdoors as well. These accidents could also lead to a premises liability lawsuit, if appropriate.
People may have a "no trespassing" sign posted on the entrance to their property, but this does not always keep trespassers away. And, unfortunately, sometimes a person is injured or killed while trespassing on another's property. When this happens, it is important to understand how premises liability applies to trespassers under Florida law.
Perhaps you were just doing your weekly grocery shopping when you slip on a spill on the floor in the cereal aisle and break your leg. Or perhaps you were dining at your favorite restaurant with your family when you trip over a torn piece of carpet and hit your head. In either case, you are left with injuries that you may feel were certainly not your fault.