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Palm Beach Premises Liability Attorney

If you suffer a personal injury on property that belongs to another person or a business, you may have grounds for a lawsuit based on premises liability. “Premises liability” refers to hazardous conditions that cause or allow injury: falling merchandise, insufficiently-lit parking lots or stairwells, building or fire code violations, broken locks or windows, spills, or other hazards.

Generally, property owners (and property managers) in Florida have a legal duty to maintain the safety of their property for employees, customers or clients, tenants, and visitors.If you’re injured on someone else’s property because of neglected maintenance or insufficient safety measures or security, the owner or manager may be liable for your medical expenses and more. In south Florida, you’ll need help from an experienced Palm Beach premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin.

Holding Property Owners Accountable

Only a good Palm Beach premises liability attorney will be able to hold property owners accountable. When you obtain legal help from the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin, we immediately begin compiling evidence and identifying witnesses. Often we enlist help from specialists. We handle all negotiations with defendants, insurers, and their attorneys. To collect damages, a plaintiff must demonstrate that the accident was caused by a “dangerous condition” on the property and that the owner was aware of the dangerous condition. The condition must present an unreasonable risk of harm that a reasonable person would not have anticipated. People must take note of and avoid obvious hazards; if your injury is your own fault, the world’s best attorney won’t be able to help you.

To prove that a property owner knew of a dangerous condition, your attorney will have to show that the property owner knew of the condition and was negligent in failing to correct it, or that the condition existed for a long enough period of time that a reasonable property owner should have discovered and corrected it before you were injured; for example, a bottle of juice spilled in a supermarket and not cleaned up promptly.

In other cases, your attorney may be able to demonstrate negligence by proving that a property owner was violating a state law or building code. If you slip-and-fall on a walkway which did not have legally required safety railings, for instance, you may have a claim against a property owner based on a building code violation. If you’ve sustained any kind of injury in south Florida due to the negligence of someone else, it’s imperative to speak with an experienced West Palm Beach premises liability attorney immediately.

Property owners are legally responsible for making sure that people who are legally on their property – tenants, shoppers, or just visitors – are reasonably safe and secure. When an innocent victim is injured because a property owner has failed to meet that responsibility and because security measures were inadequate, the victim can pursue a premises liability claim. If you’ve been injured anywhere in south Florida because of the inadequate security on someone else’s property, speak at once to an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney. Examples of inadequate security include:

  • Poorly lit areas, especially parking lots, lobbies, and hallways
  • Defective or broken locks
  • Not having (or not having enough) security cameras
  • Failure to install, maintain, or repair railings, sprinklers, and other safety devices

Property liability claims can involve almost any kind of property where the public is allowed: apartment complexes, shopping malls, restaurants and hotels, amusement parks, theaters, and parking lots and garages. If the property owner (or manager or caretaker) had a responsibility to keep the premises reasonably safe, and failed to meet that responsibility, the consequences can be drastic. A slip-and-fall can cause serious injuries including broken bones or brain and spinal cord injuries. Without locks, lights, or cameras, you could easily become a victim of theft, assault, even murder.

A premise liability case partially depends on what legal duties were owed to you by the property owner. If you were trespassing or in an off-limits area when you were injured, you may not be able to file a personal injury claim. A good personal injury lawyer can look at the details surrounding your injury and give you the best legal advice. In south Florida, if you’re injured on someone else’s property because of negligent security – now or in the future – get legal help promptly and talk with an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.

Tourists Have Rights

Tourism is essential to the economy in south Florida. Millions visit us every year, stay in our hotels, and enjoy our restaurants, recreations, and beaches. Hotels and other businesses that offer lodging services owe a duty to guests to provide a reasonably safe environment. That means keeping rooms and common areas free of potential hazards, providing sufficient lighting and security, and ensuring that all items provided for a guest’s use are reasonably safe. If you’re injured at a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or any commercial lodging establishment in south Florida, and the negligence of the property’s owner(s) or manager(s) was the direct cause of your injury, you may have grounds to file a premises liability claim and recover your injury-related losses. Of course, just because someone is injured at a hotel doesn’t mean the person is automatically entitled to compensation, but you should always consult with an attorney to determine if you should file a claim. Don’t hesitate to speak at once about your case with an experienced West Palm Beach premises liability lawyer.

Act Quickly

Contact an experienced Palm Beach premises liability attorney as soon as possible after a personal injury. We help victims understand how the law impacts their case, and we help you take the legal actions that are in your best interests. At the Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin, we never charge a fee until you receive compensation. If you are injured on someone else’s property in south Florida, call us at 561-557-4546, or complete the form on our Contact Page and schedule a free consultation, with one of our Palm Beach premises liability attorneys, today.


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