Were you hurt while lawfully present on someone else’s property in Ocala, FL? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
At the Allen Law Firm, P.A., our Ocala premises liability lawyers will fight to hold negligent property owners accountable and get the fair compensation you deserve Ready to learn more? Call today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team.
How Will An Experienced Ocala Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me if I Was Hurt on Someone Else’s Property?
Property owners in Florida are required to keep their property safe. They have a duty to repair any hazards and warn visitors about dangerous conditions. For example, if you were hurt at the grocery store or a restaurant, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages against the business owner.
That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to get the money you need. Insurance companies fight back when accident victims try to get the compensation they deserve. At the very least, they’ll likely try to undervalue your claim.
Here are some of the ways an experienced Ocala personal injury lawyer at the Allen Law Firm, P.A. can help if you were hurt:
- Property owners will act quickly to repair their property after an accident–our lawyers will act quickly to get the evidence needed to prove your claim
- Insurance companies often try to blame the victim after an accident–our lawyers know how to fight back to protect your right to compensation
- It can be difficult to put a dollar value on your injuries after an accident–we work with respected experts to make sure you get every dollar you deserve
- Time is limited to file your claim–we’ll handle all of the paperwork and make sure the relevant deadlines are met
- Facing off against insurance companies can be overwhelming–we’ll put our experience to work and negotiate the best possible deal for you
After a serious injury, you might have a number of difficult choices to make. We know that you have a lot on your plate. Our lawyers can help you navigate the complex legal issues so that you can focus on your health.
We’ve already recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our satisfied clients. To learn more about how we can put our skills and experience to work in maximizing your recovery, give us a call today.
Overview of Florida Premises Liability Laws
Florida property owners have a duty to keep their property safe. That generally means fixing any hazardous conditions. If the condition can’t be fixed right away, the owner has a duty to adequately warn others of the danger.
Property owners’ duties can vary depending on why you were there–as well as the type of accident involved, as follows:
An invitee is someone who enters the property for business reasons. For example, if you’re shopping at the grocery store, you’re classified as an invitee.
Property owners owe a higher duty of care to invitees. Like any other property owner, they have to fix any known hazards and warn you about dangerous conditions. However, they also have to conduct reasonable inspections of the property. The property owner can be held responsible for dangerous conditions they would have found in a proper inspection.
Despite this heightened duty of care, accident victims sometimes have to offer more extensive proof if they’re hurt in a commercial establishment. Florida law requires you to prove the owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the danger if you slipped and fell over a “transitory substance.”
In other words, if a slip and fall accident is caused by spilled liquid at a restaurant or the grocery store, you have to prove:
- The dangerous condition had been present for such a long time that the owner reasonably should have known about it, or
- The dangerous condition happened regularly and so was foreseeable
Getting the evidence you need to prove your case can be complex. Our lawyers have decades of practical experience helping clients in similar cases. If you were hurt in a public establishment, don’t hesitate to call to learn more about how we can help.
A licensee is someone who is invited onto another’s property for social purposes. When a social guest is hurt, the property owner is only responsible if they know about the danger. In other words, homeowners don’t have a legal duty to inspect their property–and can’t be held responsible based on “constructive knowledge.”
Property owners’ duty to trespassers is limited. They aren’t required to do anything to keep their property safe in most cases–but are required to avoid intentionally causing harm.
The “attractive nuisance” law is an exception to this rule. Property owners can be held liable when children trespass because of something that attracts them to the property. Swimming pools are one key example of an attractive nuisance in Ocala. Trampolines, discarded appliances and even abandoned vehicles are also examples of objects that might cause a child to trespass.
We Handle All Types of Premises Liability Claims in Ocala, FL
At the Allen Law Firm, P.A., our experienced personal injury attorneys handle all types of premises liability claims, including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Negligent security claims
- Defective staircases, elevators or escalators
- Shopping mall accidents
- Grocery store slip and fall accidents
- Daycare accidents
- School accidents
- Shootings and assault
- Dog bites
- Hotel accidents
- Apartment building accidents
- Bed bugs
If you were hurt on someone else’s property, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial responsibility. Call our law offices today to learn more about getting fair compensation to hold the negligent property owner responsible.
What Types of Damages Are Available in Ocala, FL Premises Liability Cases?
At the Allen Law Firm, P.A., our Ocala premises liability attorneys are committed to maximizing your financial recovery. We want to make sure you’re reimbursed for all past expenses. We also want to do everything we can to get the money you need for the future.
We’ll fight to get fair compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical bills
- Lost future earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Long-term care
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Damages for wrongful death
If you were hurt in an accident, the last thing you want is a lengthy fight with insurance companies and defense lawyers. An attorney client relationship can go a long way toward getting the most compensation possible.
When you hire the Allen Law Firm, P.A., we’ll conduct a detailed investigation of your accident to find out what happened. We also work with experts who can offer insight into how much money you really deserve. Insurance companies might try to get you to settle for less. Before you sign, make sure to speak with a respected personal injury lawyer who can help.
We’ll Fight to Get Compensation For All of Your Injuries
An unexpected accident can create serious consequences. You might be out of work while you recover–and medical care can be expensive even with insurance. Our lawyers at the Allen Law Firm, P.A. will fight to get full compensation for all of your injuries. We commonly help clients who have suffered:
- Brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Joint injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Hazards on someone else’s property can throw a wrench in your plans. We’ll help you get the money you need to move forward. Even if you’re not sure what happened, don’t hesitate to call our law offices to get started.
Statute of Limitations for Premises Liability Cases in Ocala, Florida
Florida law only gives you four years to sue for damages. If you were recently hurt, that probably seems like a long time. Still, it’s important to call a lawyer quickly if you were hurt due to negligent property maintenance.
Premises liability claims are different from car accident cases. Property owners usually fix the dangerous condition soon after an accident. After all, they want to avoid liability.
If we act quickly, we can get the strong evidence needed to support your claim. We’ll interview witnesses and employees, locate video surveillance, and investigate to see whether the property owner has a track record of negligent property maintenance.
Can I Get Money For My Injuries If I Was Partly At-Fault?
Comparative fault does not bar you from recovering damages in a Florida personal injury case. You can get money for your injuries even if you were partly to blame. Your damages award will be reduced to reflect your own share of the blame. That’s true even if you were mostly at fault. In other words, if you were 80% to blame, you can recover 20% of your damages award.
Call to Speak With An Experienced Ocala Premises Liability Lawyer Today
Allen Law Firm, P.A. is ready to put our in-depth knowledge of the Florida premises liability laws to work for you. If you were hurt on someone else’s property, call for a free consultation with an experienced Ocala premises liability lawyer. You can also fill out this online contact form and we’ll get in touch to discuss your case.