If you get injured on someone else’s property or at a public park, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your medical bills and other losses. A lawsuit brought against a property owner for careless property usage or maintenance is called a premises liability claim. The West Palm Beach premises liability attorneys at LaBovick Law Group represent those injured by property owner negligence in South Florida. Find out how we can help you today.
What Is Premises Liability Law?
Premises liability is the legal term for a property owner’s legal and financial responsibility for accidents that take place on his or her property due to careless maintenance. If a property owner fails to meet the accepted duties of care in regard to searching for property defects, remedying known issues, and warning visitors of potential hazards, the owner can be liable for a related accident, injury, or death.
How Can a West Palm Beach Premises Liability Lawyer Help?
A premises liability attorney can explain and protect your rights during the premises liability claims process. While a property owner’s insurance company may try to take advantage of you as an unrepresented claimant, it will treat you fairly after you hire a lawyer. Hiring an attorney can improve your chances of recovering the monetary award you need to move forward.
Furthermore, your lawyer can handle complicated tasks on your behalf while you focus on recuperating. These tasks can include investigating your accident, gathering evidence, hiring subject-matter experts to testify, and going up against any defendant in or out of the courtroom.
Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
Any harmful accident or incident that takes place on someone else’s property could lead to a premises liability lawsuit in Florida. Some of the most common examples of premises liability cases our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers handle are:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Amusement park accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Ceiling collapses
- Inadequate property maintenance
- Objects falling from shelves and striking customers
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Negligent security
- Wrongful death
If you were injured in any of these types of accidents while on public or private property in South Florida, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Speak with an experienced West Palm Beach premises liability attorney to learn more.
How Do You Prove Premises Liability?
Negligence refers to a careless act or omission that causes harm to others. In Florida, premises liability claims involve a specific type of negligence. In general, to recover compensation with a premises liability claim in Florida, you or your premises liability lawyer will have to prove four elements:
- A duty of care was owed. Property owners owe different duties of care (reasonable levels of care) based on the visitor’s status. For the most part, invitees and licensees are owed duties of care while trespassers are not.
- A duty of care was breached. The property owner or occupant must be guilty of a breach of duty, or an act of carelessness that does not fulfill the individual’s obligation of reasonable care.
- Causation. The property owner’s mistake must be the proximate, or main, cause of your accident and the injuries you are claiming.
- Damages. You must have suffered compensable damages (losses) in the premises accident, such as physical injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, or medical bills.
If your West Palm Beach premises liability lawyer can prove these elements based on a preponderance of the evidence, the property owner will be financially responsible for your economic and noneconomic damages. A preponderance of the evidence is enough proof to demonstrate that the defendant more likely than not caused the accident. An attorney can help you with the burden of proof by gathering and presenting evidence on your behalf.
Contact a Premises Liability Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL Today
If you believe you have grounds to hold a property owner legally responsible for you or a loved one’s recent accident or wrongful death, contact the premises liability attorneys at LaBovick Law Group for assistance. We can help you and your family fight for justice and fair financial compensation, so you can move forward with peace of mind.
Request a free consultation today. Contact us online or call our local law firm at (561) 623-3681 any time to speak to a premises liability lawyer in West Palm Beach.