Most of us visit commercial premises on a daily basis. Commercial real property is simply a piece of real estate1 owned or leased by a business entity or an individual for the purpose of conducting business, so every time you go grocery shopping, grab a cup of coffee, fill up your car, or go out to eat, you are visiting a commercial property.
Parties that invite the general business on to their property for a commercial purpose owe their visitors a duty to keep their premises safe from any unreasonably dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, in spite of this legal duty, people are injured in accidents that occur on commercial property each year, sometimes seriously.
Florida premises liability law allows people who are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of commercial property owners and lessees to recover compensation for the losses they incur, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Below is some basic information about premises liability claims in Florida. To learn more, call our office today to speak with an attorney.
What Kinds of Accident Cause Premises Liability Claims?
There are a wide variety of injury-causing accidents that can result in a premises liability claim. Some of the most common include discussed in the material below.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common cause of accidental injury in Florida and can result in extremely serious injuries. They can occur for a number of reasons, many of which are often the result of negligence on the party of the person or business responsible for the maintenance of the property. Examples of hazards that often result in slip and fall accidents, including wet floors, inadequate lighting, cracked pavement, unmarked construction, and uneven stairs.
Escalators are a common sight in many commercial premises throughout Florida, including shopping malls, department stores, entertainment venues, and more. While rare, escalator accidents can often cause serious injury. In many cases, these accidents are caused by improper maintenance or faulty installation, making it possible for victims to recover compensation.
Some premises liability claims arise because visitors were exposed to toxic chemicals that case cause injury or illness. For example, if a hotel failed to properly maintain its pool and expose people to excessive levels of chlorine, it is likely that anyone that was injured because of the exposure could recover compensation for their injuries. Other examples of the types of premises where toxic exposure cases may arise include apartment buildings, construction sites, hospitals, farms, and agricultural areas.
What Should You Do if You Believe that You Have a Premises Liability Case?
Victims of accidents that occur on commercial property should take steps to ensure that their legal rights are protected. The first thing you should do is report your accident to the manager on duty and make sure that an official incident report is generated. Next, you should seek medical attention, regardless of the severity of your injuries. This is because even minor injuries can entitle you to compensation, and it is important that an official record detailing your injuries is generated. Finally, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Florida premises liability claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations,2 which means that a delay in retaining an attorney could put your ability to recover compensation at risk.
Call a St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
If you have been injured in an accident that took place on commercial property, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers, call Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at 727-222-6922 or send us an email through our online contact form.
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