What is “premises”, and what are your rights as an injured party?
The most basic example of a premises injury is a “slip and fall”, in which a victim slips, trips, stumbles, or other wise falls over some foreign object that should be there, but is. It’s a form of negligence on behalf of the owner of the property.
However, premises injuries can mean much more than that. An injury that occurs as a result of someone’s negligence on any property is a premises case that can be handled by a personal injury lawyer. So, physical assault by an employee on a patron could be a premises case. Why is this important? Because the state of Florida and it’s laws hold that property owners are expected to keep their locations free of safety hazards, such as large cracks on the ground, slip hazards, and sharp edges. If you are hurt by these dangerous conditions, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation processes, and more.
Our skilled slip and fall attorneys have handled thousands of these types of cases, and we are particularly esteemed among the defendant insurance companies in this area of personal injury. We can provide you with excellent legal expertise and counsel you need to help win your case, at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
All of our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys have at least 20 years of law practice experience dealing with premises and slip and fall cases. Our zealous passion for our client’s rights has driven us to recover numerous and significant recoveries on their behalf.
The Common Types of Premises Liability
Your eligibility to compensation in a premises liability claim is dependent on what “type” of visitor you were to the property. Generally speaking, the law has broken down these distinctions into three subsections and determining your eligibility is first a matter of finding which category you fall into.
The three types of visitors to a property include:
- A business patron is owed the highest level of care by a premises owner, due to the fact that the invitee came to the location in order to conduct business. This could be a customer at a store, or even a repairman who comes to your house to perform maintenance on something. In these instances, premises owners are compelled to provide a safe environment with as few risks as possible. Any risks that cannot be avoided should be marked with adequate notification.
- Licensees are those who are invited onto a premises but not necessarily to conduct business. This could be if you invite a friend or family member over for lunch or a birthday party, amongst many other examples. While these are not treated with quite the same level of care as business invitees, property owners are still compelled to warn their guests of any dangers and address any hazards.
- Trespassers are those who do not have permission to be on a premises, and thus are not afforded the same level of care as those who are invited or have permission to be on a premises. However, a property owner may nonetheless still be considered liable for damages should there be any dangers that cause an injury. Likewise, if a property owner discovers a trespasser, they legally have a responsibility to inform the trespasser of any dangers that could not be found by simple observation.
Who do we sue for a premises injury?
It’s a common misconception among the public that personal injury lawyers sue “people”. We do not sue people – we hold the insurance companies accountable for your physical and emotional losses. That’s the purpose of insurance – it insulates the business or shop owner from our lawyers. The insurance companies are obligated to pay your claim if we can create liability for it.
If you have been injured on someone else’s property and think you may be entitled to compensation, don’t hesitate to contact the reputable legal advocates at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. Each of their attorneys specialize strictly in personal injury cases, making them highly capable and experienced with Florida’s complex personal injury legal codes.
Premises Litigation Attorneys
Litigation Director / Civil Trial Attorney
Tel: 561-721-0099 (3244)
Litigation Paralegal: Lani Weir
Tel: 561-727-3142 (3335)
Spencer T. Kuvin, Esq. is a Palm Beach County, Florida, Board Certified® in Civil Trial lawyer and the Litigation Director with the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A.
Civil Trial Attorney
Tel: 561-721-0745 (3359)
Litigation Paralegal: Celina Brito
Tel: 561-721-0476 (3354)
Jorge L. Maxion, Esq. is a Civil Trial Attorney with the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. After completing his undergraduate education at Georgetown…
Civil Trial Attorney
Tel: 561-727-3149 (3337)
Litigation Paralegal: Emily Greczel
Tel: 561-721-0614 (3358)
Jeffrey D. Kirby, Esq. is an associate personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. Mr. Kirby was born in Virginia and raised on…
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