Examples of Premises Liability CasesAny time an individual is injured because of a hazardous condition on a piece of property that could reasonably have been removed by the property's owner, the victim could be entitled to a premises liability claim for monetary compensation to cover his or her losses. In cases where a hazard exists and the property owner is aware of it, but cannot reasonably remove that hazard, the property owner has the duty to clearly mark that hazard on his or her property to prevent accidents from occurring. An example of this type of hazard is a raised root of a large tree that poses a tripping hazard to guests – instead of cutting the root and potentially killing the tree, the property owner can use bright signage or caution tape to warn guests of the tripping hazard. Other dangerous conditions that can exist on an individual's property and pose a risk of injury to visitors include:
- Broken stairs or railings;
- Wet surfaces;
- Leaf buildup;
- Sinkholes and other indents in the ground concealed by grass or other plant matter;
- Overgrown bushes and trees;
- Ponds, streams, and other bodies of water that can become concealed by fallen leaves;
- Unfenced pools;
- Uneven carpeting;
- Unsecured electrical cords;
- Fire pits that are not well secured;
- Gas leaks.
Duty of CareMany states have a principle known as “duty of care” in place to gauge how liable a property owner is for a victim's injuries that occur on his or her property. Under this doctrine, social guests and those on the property for business purposes are owed a much higher duty of care than trespassers, meaning that a property owner is much more likely to be required to pay for damages to an authorized guest than a trespasser. Trespassers are not without any legal protection, though. If a trespasser can prove that he or she was injured by a trap set by the property owner or any other hazard that was intentionally created, he or she may be able to recover damages. Additionally, children who trespass are generally afforded greater legal recourse for seeking compensation than trespassing adults.
St. Petersburg Premises Liability AttorneysIf you have been injured in an accident on another individual's property that he or she could reasonably have prevented by taking better care of the property, you could have grounds for a premises liability claim. After you have received a proper diagnosis and treatment for your injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to begin discussing your claim. Contact the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm to learn more about your options for pursuing a premises liability claim. We can provide you with the compassionate legal guidance and representation you need as you pursue your personal injury claim. Do not wait to make the call – contact our firm today at (727) 472-3909 to get started on your case with us. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 1663 1st Ave S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (727) 472-3909 https://www.dolmanlaw.com/premises-liability-lawyer/ References:  https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/negligence  https://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0000-0099/0095/Sections/0095.11.html  https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/duty_of_care