Property owners in Florida have an obligation to remove dangerous conditions and defects from their property, as well as a duty to warn others of known or hidden dangers. They must also maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. When individuals who enter the property are injured, property owners can be held liable for their failure to correct dangers and defects.
At Wyland & Tadros, LLP, our West Palm Beach premises liability lawyers help individuals who have been injured in slip and fall cases, negligent security incidents, and other premises liability matters. We are tough advocates for the injured, and we fight aggressively to obtain full and fair compensation for the injury victims we serve. If you have been hurt because a property owner was careless, don’t pay the price for someone else’s negligence.
Florida Slip and Fall Cases
Slips and falls are often depicted in movies and television shows as humorous events that lead to little more than laughs and embarrassment. In reality, a slip and fall can leave a person with catastrophic and permanent injuries. Here are just a few sobering facts about slips and falls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- One in five falls results in a serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or broken bones.
- Falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- Each year, 2.8 million older adults are sent to the emergency room after a fall.
- Falls cause 95 percent of all hip fractures.
Although falls can cause devastating injuries in older people, they can be just as serious for individuals in other age groups. A slip and fall in the grocery store, or a trip on the edge of loose carpet or a broken stair tread, can lead to life-changing injuries regardless of a person’s age.
In many slip and fall cases, property owners have insurance, and their insurers take over their liability defense. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely live up to their promises to be good neighbors or on your side. They are in business to make money, and they fight hard to minimize the value of an injury victim’s claim. When they can, they try to deny claims entirely. Our lawyers are formidable litigators who don’t back down in the face of insurance company scare tactics. We have spent decades standing up to insurance companies. We know their tricks, and we know how to beat them at their own game.
Negligent Security Cases
In many cases, property owners have a legal responsibility to safeguard against third-party attacks on individuals who enter their property. This responsibility falls under a “negligent security” theory under premises liability law.
Common examples of inadequate security include broken window locks, insufficient lighting in parking lots and stairwells, doors that don’t latch, and failure to hire security guards or safety personnel. Whether a property owner is liable for failing to make his or her property safe depends in part on the nature of the property and its use. For example, it’s probably not reasonable to expect a library to have a bouncer on staff. For a nightclub, however, hiring a bouncer is both reasonable and expected.
Speak to a Florida Premises Liability Lawyer about Your Case
The west palm beach premises liability lawyers at Wyland & Tadros, LLP serve clients in all areas of Florida. If you have been injured on another person’s property, or you suffered an injury in a store, parking lot, or business, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Call us today to learn how we can help you. Call 561-275-2990.