Premises Liability Attorney in Tampa, FL
Can I file a lawsuit if I am injured on someone else’s property?
Possibly. It is important to know that you do not automatically have a lawsuit against a property owner just because you were injured on their property. In order to have a valid claim, you must prove the owner was somehow negligent, by either creating a dangerous condition himself or by allowing a dangerous condition to exist. The bottom line is the owner has a duty to protect you from conditions and injuries that are reasonably foreseeable. Generally, you will have to prove that the owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition and failed to repair or give warning of the condition which caused the injury. Don’t worry. You don’t have to do this alone. An experienced premises liability attorney in Tampa, FL can handle the legal “heavy lifting” on your behalf.
Some of the most common types of premises liability claims include the following:
- Elevator/escalator accidents
- Slip and falls at retail stores, malls, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, or someone’s home
- Improper or poor lighting
- Loose mats in entryways
- Injuries at school
- Wet floors with no signs
- Parking lot injuries
- Negligent security
- Amusement park injuries
- Pool accidents or drownings
- Apartment complex injuries
If you are injured on someone else’s property, the first thing you should do is get immediate medical attention if necessary. It is a very good idea to take photos of the condition that caused your injury, whether it was caused by a wet floor or some other dangerous condition. If you fail to document the condition, the owner may repair or “clean up” the danger before anyone can photograph it. This could make it very difficult when it is time to prove your claim. You should also get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. As soon as you can, connect with a premises liability attorney in Tampa, FL to make sure that your rights remain protected. Lastly, make sure to report the fall to a manager at your earliest convenience and have them complete an incident report.
Florida has very specific laws that govern certain injuries that occur on someone else’s property. Additionally, your ability to make a claim may depend on your status when you enter the property. Were you a business invitee, licensee, or trespasser? The answer to this question can be very important because there are different duties that a property owner owes to persons on their property.
Premises liability claims can be very complex and time consuming to pursue. It is recommended that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible so they can begin investigating the incident and contacting any witnesses who can help prove your claim. The attorney can also find out what kind of insurance coverage exists so you will know the policy limits when you submit your claim. Many property owners carry medpay coverage which will pay a certain amount of your medical bills even if it cannot be proved the owner was at fault.
Call Jeff Murphy Law today to find out whether you have an injury claim that is worth pursuing.
Can I Sue if My Child Has Been Injured on Another’s Property?
It’s important to understand that, as a parent, you have a right to pursue legal action on your child’s behalf if they are harmed in a personal injury scenario. Just as you would be able to hold healthcare providers responsible for harming your baby during the birthing process or another motorist responsible for harming your child in an auto accident, you can hold property owners responsible for harm that your child suffers on their property, provided that certain criteria are met.
Obviously, no two premises liability cases are exactly the same. When it comes to obtaining compensation tied to your child’s injuries, details matter. State and local laws that govern your child’s specific circumstances matter. The kind of harm your child suffered, when they suffered it, and where they suffered it, matters. With that said, you don’t have to understand the ins and outs of Florida law to explore your legal options. Scheduling a consultation with us will allow you to tell your story, clarify your concerns, and empower you to make an informed decision about taking legal action.
Generally speaking, whether we are negotiating with insurance providers on behalf of a minor client or are preparing a lawsuit, we’ll seek to establish the fundamental guideposts of a successful personal law case. Did the property owner owe your child a specific, legal duty of care? Most of the time, property owners are required to maintain their property in such a way that visitors (and even trespassers) aren’t at unreasonable risk of injury if they enter that property. Did the property owner breach that duty of care by failing to attend to obvious safety hazards? Was your child harmed directly as a result of that breach of duty? The experienced legal team at Jeff Murphy Law understands how to construct a case so that it is as strong as it can possibly be. This allows our firm’s Tampa, FL premises liability attorney to maximize the amount of compensation our clients ultimately receive.
What if My Child Was Injured at School or the Park?
It’s generally harder to sue municipalities for injuries that occur in school and in public spaces, like parks. However, it is far from impossible. The “where” of an accident matters, because different laws govern the duties of property holders who are classified dissimilarly. A homeowner is going to be beholden to a different set of standards than a shopkeeper or park administrator would. However, in general, if your child was harmed due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you will almost certainly have legal options for recourse at your disposal.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If your child has been injured on another’s property, please don’t wait to contact our law office. The sooner we’re aware of your situation, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence and evaluating the potential strength of your case. This effort will allow you to make an informed decision about taking legal action. Don’t wait – call our Tampa, FL premises liability attorney today; we look forward to speaking with you.
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