Legal Representation in West Palm Beach for Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
If you are hurt on someone else’s property because the owner failed to make repairs or post warnings about dangerous conditions, you may be able to bring a premises liability claim. This area of the law permits some visitors to property to recover compensatory damages after being hurt due to a dangerous condition, a slip and fall, or a third-party crime. At Anidjar & Levine, our experienced injury attorneys can advise individuals in the West Palm Beach area on bringing a premises liability claim. We can assert your right to compensation in settlement negotiations or at trial.
Pursuing Damages from a Negligent Property Owner in South Florida
Your status on the property may make a significant difference to your ability to recover damages for premises liability. There are three potential statuses in Florida: invitee, licensee, and trespasser.
Property owners or occupiers owe invitees the highest duty of care. Public invitees are people invited to be on a piece of land as members of the public, for the purpose for which the property is open to the public. A business invitee is someone who is invited to be on a piece of land for a purpose connected to the owner or occupier’s business. For example, a customer in a retail store is an invitee, and if he slips on a banana peel that has been there for the whole day without being picked up by the store, the store may be liable for the customer’s injuries. The owner or occupier of property must keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition and correct any dangers it knew or should have known about and that the plaintiff could not have discovered by using reasonable care.
A similar duty is extended to licensees by invitation. However, uninvited licensees who come onto property for their own convenience without an invitation are owed a lesser duty. For example, someone stopping at a gas station in order to change a $20 bill is an uninvited licensee and has less recourse if he is injured on gas station property. The owner or occupier owes an uninvited licensee only the duty not to harm him or her willfully. The owner may not set a trap for an uninvited licensee but does not need to constantly be looking for potentially dangerous conditions to safeguard uninvited licensees.
Similarly, a Florida property owner owes only a minor duty to a trespasser. A trespasser is somebody who comes onto property without an invitation or license or any other right to be there. The only duty owed to the trespasser is to refrain from inflicting willful injuries.
Discuss Your Premises Liability Case with a West Palm Beach Attorney
Accidents at hotels, swimming pools, parking lots, amusement parks, and other people’s houses all may give rise to liability, but every case is unique. At Anidjar & Levine, our slip and fall lawyers may be able to help residents of West Palm Beach and the surrounding cities seek the compensation that they need. You should enlist an attorney as soon as possible after you have been hurt. We also serve clients in cities throughout Palm Beach County, such as Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, Wellington, and Royal Palm Beach. For a free consultation, call us at 800-747-3733 or contact us via our online form.