Under Florida law, the owner of a shop, tenant, or any property is responsible for maintaining their premises in a reasonably safe condition that is free of hazards. Failure to do this may create liability if negligent maintenance causes a visitor to get injured.
What is Considered Premises Liability in Florida?
Premises liability is a general term for describing various incidents involving getting injured on someone else’s property. This can be anything from a slip-and-fall incident to a criminal attack. Homeowners, business owners, and other property owners owe two primary duties to the people that are legally present on the property:
- Duty to maintain: To keep the property in a reasonably safe condition
- Duty to warn: To let legal visitors know of any latent or concealed hazards on the property
Just because you got injured on someone else’s property doesn’t make them legally liable for your injuries. You must also prove that the owner breached one of the two duties. An accomplished premises liability attorney from Carlson Meissner & Hayslett can identify fault and gather enough proof to establish liability. These are a few examples of property-related accidents and injuries:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Fire hazards
- Exposure to toxic chemicals and fumes
- Negligent or inadequate security
- Animal attacks and dog bites
- Sexual assault and violent crimes
- Swimming pool accidents
- Escalator and elevator accidents