Your Daytona and Gainesville Attorney for Slip and Fall Accidents
Public Safety Rights and Premises Liability
Public safety includes the right of the public to be safe when shopping or visiting businesses and other public places. It also includes the right to be safe in the public areas of residential property such as apartment complexes, hotels, and condominiums. Businesses that invite the public onto their property must be careful to make safety the first order of business. Businesses have safety rules which they must follow to keep customers and visitors safe. Shoppers are usually unaware of the condition of a property when they come to do business. The general public cannot be expected to research the condition of the premises. They have a right to rely upon the business owners to take adequate precautions for shoppers’ safety. If this is not done, then injuries such as slip and falls may occur on the premises and the owner can be held liable for the damages incurred by the victim.
A premise liability lawsuit will hold a property owner responsible for damages that come from injury to the person. Owners that occupy a property must make a responsible effort to maintain a safe environment for visitors. If the property owner does not keep the property safe for visitors, then this can result in a premises liability lawsuit. There are many common premises liability lawsuits such as:
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Restaurant Liability
- Retail Store liability
- Children injured on Property
- Animal and dog bites
- Inadequate or negligent security
- Inadequate Maintenance
Most states follow the principles of comparative fault in premise liability cases which means that an injured person who may be partly or fully responsible for the injury cannot recover for damages from a dangerous property condition. A visitor does have a duty of care to keep themselves safe. However, with pure comparative fault rules, you have the right to pursue a slip and fall claim even if you are mostly to blame for your injuries. Most states have modified comparative fault rules. The adjuster can deny your claim if you are equally to blame or more to blame than the property owner for your trip or slip and fall. If the adjuster can’t find blame they may try to minimize your injury by arguing that you had a pre-existing or age-related condition.
Ogle Law Can Fight to Get You the Compensation That You Deserve
For slip and fall claims which involve serious and expensive injuries, or when the insurance company is fighting your claim, you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Do not let the insurance company decide what compensation you will receive for your injury. At Ogle Law Firm, we offer our clients free case reviews to help determine what your next course of action should be. With proven success and consistent results for our clients, we would be honored to represent your case. Attorney Ogle has obtained compensation for victims injured by unsafe conditions on commercial property, public property, and more. Contact our Daytona office or our Gainsville, FL office for a consultation at (386) 253-2500.