Under Florida premises liability law, all property owners have a duty to maintain their property in reasonably safe condition in order to prevent injuries to visitors and guests. Unfortunately, our Miami premises liability attorneys find that many property owners rarely meet this requirement and many individuals are injured annually while on the property of another. Dangerous conditions that lead to injury include slippery surfaces, insufficient security, inadequate lighting, poor upkeep, defective stairways and balconies, and much more.
For over 130 collective years, the South Florida premises liability attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. have assisted those injured on the property of another. Our premises liability attorneys have dedicated their careers to assisting victims and their families in obtaining justice. We offer zealous, aggressive, and compassionate representation that aids our clients in receiving their maximum recovery.Florida Premises Liability Law Basics
Florida law holds that all property owners or possessors have an obligation to keep their premises safe and secure for the safety of guests and visitors. Property owners must fix any known hazards on their property and warn guests adequately of the existence of hazards. When a property owner negligently fails to maintain their property and a visitor is injured due to these actions, the injured party can seek compensation in a premises liability action.Building Your Premises Liability Case
A premises liability case will require the following three elements be established:
- The defendant has ownership or control over the land or premises;
- The plaintiff was lawfully on the property (trespassers have very limited rights to recover for injuries sustained on property they were not lawfully on); and
- The accident occurred due to negligence on the part of the defendant.
To be found negligent, the defendant must have knowledge as to a dangerous condition existing on the property that caused the injuries. Knowledge includes actual knowledge as well as constructive knowledge. If the defendant should have known of the existence of the dangerous condition, then negligence will be found.Types of Premises Liability Cases
There are numerous types of premises liability cases, including:
- Slip and falls: Slip and falls are extremely common premises liability actions, with most slip and falls being caused by slippery surfaces. Slip and falls can occur nearly anywhere, including restaurants, grocery stores, retail stores, malls, hotels, sidewalks, and much more.
- Swimming pool accidents: In Florida, due to the prevalence of pools, these accidents occur far too often. Property owners must take steps to ensure child and adult users of pools are kept safe while swimming and that children cannot sneak into pools easily unattended.
- Dangerous animals: Dog and other pet owners are responsible for the actions of their pets and can be liable in the event of an attack.
- Negligent security: Property owners have the responsibility to keep their premises reasonably secured, which could include installing adequate lighting, retaining security guards, and more depending upon the nature of the establishment.
If you have been injured while on the property of another and believe negligence played a role in causing your injuries, contact the South Florida Premises Liability Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing those injured on the property of another across Florida. Our firm has assisted clients injured in slip, trip, and falls, dog bites, negligent security cases, and much more. We understand the serious nature of premises liability cases and will zealously fight for your full recovery. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not owe us unless we recover for you. We are honored to have received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald’s ranking as a top firm in South Florida. Allow our exceptional firm to represent you in your important premises liability case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.