Premises Liability

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North Tampa and Lutz, Florida Slip and Fall Attorney

Property owners in Lutz, Brooksville and North Tampa have a responsibility to take reasonable precautions to keep their premises safe. This legal duty applies to the owners of retail businesses, private residences, apartment complexes and public property. When the property owner or manager fails to repair unsafe conditions or warn of a known hazard and someone is seriously injured as a result, the accident victim may be entitled to seek compensation through a premises liability lawsuit. Holding a negligent property owner accountable makes our community safer and may prevent others from suffering similar injuries.

Premises liability is a complicated area of Florida law and includes fall accidents, pool drownings, dog bites, injuries caused by rotting trees, and crimes caused by inadequate security. Property owners cannot always be held liable just because you were injured on their property. Each premises liability case depends on the specific facts of how the accident occurred. The North Tampa premises liability attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC represent individuals who have sustained an injury through a slip and fall accident or other mishap on some else’s property. Our legal team will review the facts of your accident free of charge and explain your legal rights.

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With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers are prepared to provide you with the experienced legal representation to hold a property owner accountable for your injuries. Please call us to see how we can assist you in the case.

How Can Our Premises Liability Lawyers Help

If you are injured on another person’s property, you may have a legal right to file a civil lawsuit against the negligent property owner. If the property owner has failed to adequately maintain the property or warn of unsafe conditions on their premises, you may have a valid premises liability claim.

Our knowledgeable attorneys will meet with you and review the facts of your accident.

If your case is the type that we handle, we will investigate your premises liability accident and seek evidence to show the following:

  • You were lawfully on the property where the accident occurred, or that the owner was aware of your presence;
  • The property owner failed to exercise the proper level of care; and
  • The property owner’s failure to exercise proper care led to your injuries.

If our attorneys can show that the property owner was negligent and the owner’s negligence caused your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation. You may recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity if your injuries limit your ability to return to work.

We will calculate your overall losses and present a claim to the property owner’s insurer. We will negotiate aggressively to reach a just settlement of your premises liability injury claim.

If the property owner’s insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we will pursue justice through the Florida court system. We are seasoned trial lawyers and have recovered more than $70 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients.

What is the Duty of Care in Florida Premises Liability Law?

Florida property owners must keep their property in reasonably safe condition and warn of or fix defective property conditions. The expectation that property owners will keep their premises in reasonably safe condition is known as the duty of care. The degree of care that a property owner owes to a person who comes to their property depends on the nature of the visit—whether the visitor is there for a social visit, a business transaction, a public purpose or is trespassing.

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Invitees—An invitee is a person who is on the property for a commercial purpose, such as a shopper at a retail store or a patron at a restaurant. Commercial property owners owe the highest level of care to their visitors. They must inspect their premises, warn of any dangerous conditions and take security measures to prevent accidents. For example, stores must make sure merchandise is stacked properly and secure so that a shopper is not injured by falling merchandise. Restaurants and stores must act within a reasonable time to clean up spills on the floor that could cause a slip and fall.
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Licensees—A person who is on a property for a non-business purpose is known as a licensee. A guest invited to a person’s home is a licensee. Guests have a right to expect that their visit will not result in an injury due to hazardous conditions. Property owners must correct or warn about any known dangerous conditions such as a rotting tree to prevent injury. A person visiting a public park also would be considered as a licensee.
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Trespassers—Property owners generally are not liable to trespassers except in special circumstances. Property owners must take precautions to protect children on their property, including trespassing children. A property owner may be held liable if he or she knows, or should have known, that children are likely to trespass in the area and if the children are too young to recognize the risk.

Here are some examples:

Many homes and apartment complexes in North Tampa and Lutz have swimming pools. Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires homeowners to equip pools and hot tubs with at least one safety feature such as a pool cover or a barrier to prevent accidents. A property owner may be liable for a swimming pool injury or drowning of a trespassing child, if the pool was inadequately secured, the child was too young to understand the danger posed by the pool and if property owner should have known the pool was located where children were likely to be.
Property owners such as shopping malls have a duty to provide adequate security. If a property owner fails to provide adequate lighting or security guards when appropriate and a visitor in injured by a serious crime as a result of the lack of security, the property owner may be liable.

Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Lawyer

The legal team at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help you recover compensation for your injuries from a negligent property owner. Our Lutz premises liability attorneys have an in-depth understanding of personal injury law and substantial experience in handling slip and fall accidents. We will go over the facts of your accident, answer your questions, and discuss your legal options. Florida law requires that personal injury lawsuits must be filed within four years of the date of the accident. It is important to contact an attorney promptly if you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of a premises liability accident.

We represent clients in North Tampa, Brooksville, Hillsborough County and the surrounding areas. We offer a free consultation to review your accident and answer your questions. Speak with an attorney by calling (866) 416-0480 or contact us online.

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