More often than you might think, a person is injured on someone else’s property.
Whether it’s a neighbor’s house, a shopping mall or a grocery store, injuries like falls, assault, or worse can take place anywhere.
If you or a loved one do suffer an injury on another individual’s property, you may be able to receive compensation for the damages under what’s known as premises liability law.
Each state, including Florida, has its own set of laws that govern how liability and compensation are dealt with in these instances. Examples of personal injury cases that fall under premises liability law include slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, negligent security, and dog bite/animal attacks.
Here, you’ll find all you need to know about premises liability in the Sunshine State:
Which Status Applies to Your Premises Liability Case?
In order to determine which premises liability laws apply to your situation, you must first understand your status at the time of injury. In Florida, there are three status types:
- Trespasser. You’re labeled a trespasser if you go onto another’s property without permission. If this is the case, then you’ll likely receive little to no legal rights if you’re injured. However, if the property owner has purposely set up hazards designed to injure trespassers, this may be an exception.
- Licensee. A licensee is someone who hasn’t been specifically invited onto the property, but has been permitted to be there. Licensees, for example, can include friends, family members, or neighbors. Licensees receive more protection than trespassers, but their eligibility for compensation greatly relies on the circumstances surrounding their injuries.
- Invitee. An invitee is someone who has been invited by a property owner to enter the premises. Store patrons or public area visitors are included in this category. Invitees receive the most protection under Florida law. Property owners are expected to maintain their properties in a manner that both prevents hazards and fixes the issues in foresight of a visitor mishap. As an invitee, you are likely eligible to receive compensation.
If you have been injured while on another’s property, our Tampa attorneys can help. We know what it takes to win a Florida premises liability case, and we will help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.