Fort Lauderdale Premises Liability Lawyers
“Premises liability” is the basis for many personal injury claims in Fort Lauderdale. Anytime someone gets an injury on another’s property because of a dangerous element on that property, he/she may have the right to file a premises liability claim. Slip and falls are the most common reasons for this type of claim in Florida, but any accident that results in guest injury or death could qualify. The expert lawyers at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik are here to guide you through premises liability lawsuits in the Sunshine State.
Common Grounds for Property Liability Claims
All property owners or leasers owe certain duties of care to those that enter the property with express or implied invitation to do so. Property owners even owe duties to trespassers in Florida if the trespasser is a child. These duties include clearing the property of recognized hazards, exposing unknown dangers, and warning guests of existing hazards on the land. A property owner must do as much as possible to reasonably prevent injury to invitees and licensees. Otherwise, he or she could be liable for subsequent accidents. Common premises liability incidents include:
- Slip and falls. A slip, trip, or fall at work, the grocery store, or in a parking lot could result in multiple injuries. Landowners must take care to clear walkways of clutter, repair uneven surfaces, sweep icy parking lots, remove obstacles, provide ample lighting, and clean spills right away. These are all common causes of harmful slip and fall accidents.
- Swimming pool accidents. A swimming pool is an “attractive nuisance,” or a dangerous property feature that’s attractive to children by nature. Pool owners have high standards of care when it comes to safeguarding pools from curious children. They must install fencing or other barriers to prevent drowning accidents. Failure to maintain a pool, install proper warning signs, and keep it safe for the neighborhood is negligence.
- Dog bites. A potentially dangerous dog is an unsafe property condition under Florida Statutes Chapter 767. Dog owners may be liable for injuries relating to a dog attack whether the owner knew of prior aggression in the pet. Failure to prevent dog bites by restraining the animal or taking other measures, resulting in someone’s injury, may be negligence under premises liability laws in Florida.
- Acts of violence. Lack of security on a premises can lead to criminal and violent acts such as assault, robbery, and rape. It is a property owner’s duty to research the surrounding area and learn local crime rates. If there is a foreseeable risk of crime, the owner must take steps such as installing security cameras, hiring guards, lighting parking lots, and posting signs to prevent customer injury.
Other circumstances that could lead to lawsuits include fires, floods, toxic substances, elevator/escalator accidents, and amusement park incidents. Many different harms all fall under the umbrella of premises liability in Fort Lauderdale. If you aren’t sure whether your recent injury makes you eligible to file a claim against a property owner, talk with one of our South Florida lawyers. We will listen to what happened and give you or professional opinion on whether your case has merit in the civil courts. You could receive compensation for your accident-related injuries. Call the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik today.