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Imagine walking into a store, slipping on a wet floor, and sustaining a serious injury to your back. Now you have to go to the hospital, receive treatment, potentially take medication, and go to physical therapy. Life has turned upside down. But, if there were no signs indicating that the floor was wet and you should be cautious, you may be the victim of premises liability and entitled to compensation.
Sustaining an injury or experiencing an accident can be traumatizing and life-altering. Not only has physical harm occurred, but factors like mounting medical bills and a disrupted lifestyle can cause significant problems. If you’ve been in an accident or injured and suspect negligence and premises liability, read below what to know about it and what you can do.
What is premises liability?
Premises liability is one of the most common personal injury claims. It is defined as an injury that was caused by a dangerous condition on a property for which the property owner knew or should have known. Premises liability also means the property owner failed to repair or give warning of the dangerous condition. For example, if you were walking up the stairs in a building and the railing wasn’t secured, there was no warning about it, and you fell, this could be grounds for premises liability.
Common forms of premises liability
Premises liability cases can run the gamut. Some common examples are slip and fall accidents, accidents sustained due to insufficient lighting, construction site injuries, parking lot accidents, negligent security, and even dog bites. Hotels, schools, and universities can also be held liable for premises liability should a student or guest be injured due to negligence.
Filing a claim
If you’ve been the victim of an accident due to a property owner’s negligence and wish to file a premises liability claim, it’s best to act as quickly as possible. Like other personal injury claims, premises liability does have a statute of limitations on filing. In Florida, the statute of limitations is four years, and although that can seem like a long time, it’s still best to file as soon as you are able to.
Compensation for premises liability
Like many types of personal injury claims, the victim can be entitled to significant compensation. This can include covering the cost of medical expenses, emotional distress, doctor visits, medications relating to the accident, physical therapy, and more.
Hiring an attorney
Negligence is not so easy to prove and requires in-depth investigation and expertise. That’s why if you suspect you’re the victim of premises liability, it’s key to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney has the experience and knowledge needed to navigate a premises liability claim.
For claims like these, it’s always best to hire an experienced attorney to fight for you and seek the compensation you deserve. Brooke Boltz specializes in premises liability and has an unmatched passion for her clients. If you’ve been in an accident, schedule your free phone consultation with Brooke today.