When property owners fail to keep their property reasonably safe for visitors, people can get hurt. If you were hurt visiting someone else’s property in Gainesville, you may have the right to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
An experienced Gainesville premises liability lawyer at Allen Law Firm, P.A. can fight to get the full amount you deserve. We offer a free consultation, so all you have to do is call our law offices to learn more.
How An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help With Your Premises Liability Case
Most property owners know they can be held responsible for accidents and injuries on their property. That doesn’t mean they’ll simply hand over the money you deserve. Most will immediately call the insurance company. Then they’ll look for ways to blame the victim.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our personal injury attorneys in Gainesville have over 70 years of combined experience. Collectively, our on-staff adjusters have 115 years of experience. We’ve worked both in the insurance industry and fighting for accident victims’ rights. We know the strategies insurance adjusters use to reduce their own financial losses after an accident.
Our Gainesville personal injury lawyers also know how to stand up to big insurance companies. We’ll work tirelessly to secure a full financial recovery in your case. When you hire us, we will:
- Conduct a full investigation to locate all relevant evidence, including eyewitness statements, past injury reports, video surveillance, photographs, accident reports, and more
- Engage the help of expert witnesses who can strengthen your claim
- Defend your rights when the insurance company tries to pin the blame on you
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to get the most compensation possible for you
- Make sure you fully understand your legal options every step of the way
Most premises liability cases settle out of court. However, at Allen Law Firm, P.A., we never pressure you to accept a settlement that’s not in your best interests. If you’re unhappy with the offer, we’re always ready to head to court and aggressively fight for your rights.
If you were hurt, you need a lawyer you can trust. Don’t rely blindly on a lawyer directory. If you were injured on someone else’s property, call Allen Law Firm, P.A. today. We have the experience and resources to get the best possible results for you.
Overview of Florida Premises Liability Laws
Premises liability is the legal theory that holds negligent property owners financially responsible when others are hurt on their property.
Florida law imposes a duty on all property owners. However, property owners are only liable for accidents and injuries when they’re negligent. In general, property owners are required to keep their property reasonably safe for others who are lawfully on the premises. That means different things in different contexts.
The degree of care property owners must exercise depends on why the accident victim was on the property. Premises liability law divides visitors into three basic classes: invitees, licensees, and trespassers.
Invitees are people who are visiting the property for business purposes. Because owners benefit from that business, they “invite” the person onto the property for profit. That invitation can result from a situation where the owner is generally open to the public. Invitee status can also be assigned based on a specific invitation.
You’re classified as an invitee if you:
- Are shopping in a grocery store
- Visit an amusement park or casino
- Have a business meeting at a law firm
- Check into a hotel
- Attend a sporting event
- Eat dinner in a restaurant or have drinks in a bar
Property owners owe invitees a heightened duty of care. They have to keep the property reasonably safe. They also have a duty to inspect to discover hazards on the property.
Once something dangerous is discovered–or has been present for such a long time that it should have been discovered–the property owner also has a duty to warn you about it.
Licensees are people who are invited onto someone’s property for a social visit. If you’re attending a party at a friend’s house, you’re classified as a licensee. Property owners must provide adequate warnings so that licensees are aware of any known dangers on the property. The duty to inspect does not, however, apply if you’re a licensee.
If you enter private property without permission, you’re classified as a trespasser. Property owners don’t generally have a duty to keep trespassers safe. They aren’t permitted to intentionally harm a trespasser–but won’t be held liable if the trespasser is accidentally hurt while on the property.
The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine: Premises Liability Law and Children
Sometimes children trespass because they’re attracted to something on that property. Children don’t always have the ability to make sound decisions. Property owners aren’t immune from liability if a child trespasses on their land because of an attractive nuisance.
An attractive nuisance is something that can be dangerous – but is also attractive to kids. Swimming pools, ponds, trampolines, and even abandoned appliances are all examples of attractive nuisances.
Property owners can be held responsible if a child is hurt while trespassing on their property despite the fact that the child wasn’t lawfully present.
We Handle All Types of Premises Liability Cases
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., our Gainesville premises liability attorneys will work to protect your rights if you were hurt on someone else’s property. We handle all types of premises liability injury cases, including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent security claims
- Hotel accidents
- School and daycare accidents
- Assault and sexual assault
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites
- Amusement park accidents
- Shopping mall accidents
- Grocery store accidents
- Sidewalk slip and fall accidents
- Bed bug bite injuries
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- And more
Anytime you’re hurt on someone else’s property, you could have a valid premises liability case. Call our personal injury attorneys in Gainesville to learn more about your legal rights.
You Deserve Full Compensation For Your Injuries
A serious injury can change your entire future. You might require years of physical therapy even if you are expected to recover completely. Our lawyers will fight to get the full amount you deserve
We can help if you’ve sustained:
- Brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Hip fractures
- Broken bones
- Joint injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Filing a personal injury lawsuit can help you get back on your feet after an accident. We know you’re in a difficult position if you were seriously hurt. Our lawyers are ready to jump in and begin investigating as soon as you are. To learn more, just call our law offices for a free consultation.
Are There Any Time Limits For Filing a Claim?
Time is always limited to file an insurance claim. You also have a limited amount of time to file a premises liability lawsuit. In Florida, you have four years to formally file a personal injury lawsuit. You only have two years if the accident resulted in wrongful death.
Can Florida Shared Fault Rules Impact My Right to Recover Damages?
Possibly, but you don’t lose your right to compensation entirely even if you do share in the blame. Florida is a pure comparative negligence state. Courts and insurance companies can reduce your damages award by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
In other words, if you were 50% responsible for the accident and your damages award is $100,000, you can recover $50,000.
Assigning a percentage of fault is complicated. Our lawyers know what it takes to minimize the consequences of the shared fault rules. Give us a call today to learn more.
Damages Available in Gainesville Premises Liability Cases
Insurance companies will try to get you to accept the lowest possible offer. They might offer money quickly, but often significantly undervalue your claim. A lowball offer might even cover all of your past medical bills–but won’t provide much protection for the future.
At Allen Law Firm, P.A, our lawyers have been handling personal injury cases for a long time. We have years of experience successfully recovering fair compensation for our clients. We’ll work to make sure your damages award is fair.
That means we’ll fight to get money for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical bills
- Lost future earning capacity
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Nursing or in-home care
- Long-term care
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Damages for wrongful death, including loss of consortium and financial support
These types of damages can be hard to value. We rely on the help of respected experts in multiple fields. We’ll do everything we can to make sure the insurance company takes your claim seriously so that you can get the most compensation possible.
Call an Experienced Gainesville Premises Liability Lawyer to Fight For You
If you were hurt because a property owner was negligent, you shouldn’t have to handle the financial consequences. At Allen Law Firm, P.A., an experienced Gainesville premises liability lawyer can fight to get the full compensation you deserve.
Our trusted lawyers offer a free consultation so that you can get the legal advice you need without worrying about the cost. To discuss your case, call or contact our law firm today.