"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes
Premises Liability Lawyer
What to Do If You Were Injured on Someone Else’s Property
When you visit someone else’s property, whether as a guest in a friend’s home or a customer at a retail store, you expect that the premises will be well-maintained and free of any hazards that could cause you harm. And, in fact, both residential and commercial property owners have a duty to ensure this is true. Unfortunately, property owners are sometimes negligent or fail to properly address, remove, repair, or warn others of dangerous conditions. This can—and does—lead to serious accidents, injuries, and, in the worst cases, deaths.
If you were injured or if someone you love died due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you could have grounds for a premises liability case. It is important that you contact an experienced premises liability lawyer, like those at the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., right away. Your time to file a claim is limited—don’t wait until it’s too late to learn how our team can help you fight for the fair compensation you are owed.
When Is a Property Owner Liable for Your Injuries?
If you were injured due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you may be legally entitled to financial compensation—but actually recovering that compensation can be very difficult. Premises liability claims are often very complex due to the issue of liability.
Proving that a property owner is liable for your injuries and the resulting damages can be complicated. In fact, there are several elements of your claim that you will need to prove:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care, meaning you were lawfully on the premises
- The property contained a dangerous condition or hazard
- The property owner knew about or reasonably should have known about the hazard
- The property owner failed to take reasonable measures to remove, repair, or warn others about the dangerous condition/hazard
- You were injured and sustained measurable damages
- You were injured due to the dangerous condition/hazard
- You did not know about and reasonably could not have known about the dangerous condition
Additionally, different types of property owners owe others different duties of care. For example, the owner of a retail store owes customers a higher duty of care than a homeowner owes a family member who comes over to visit. This is because invitees, or people who are on a property for commercial purposes, are owed the highest duty of care under premises liability law. Licensees, or social guests, are owed a moderate duty of care, and trespassers are owed the least duty of care (if any).
Examples of Dangerous Property Conditions
One of the key elements of proving a premises liability claim is proving that you were injured by a dangerous condition or hazard that the property owner knew about (or should have known about) but did not reasonably attempt to remove, repair, or warn you about. But what exactly is a dangerous property condition?
Put simply, a dangerous condition is any hazard that poses a foreseeable risk to others. This means any condition that one could reasonably assume might cause injury to someone else.
Examples of common dangerous property conditions and hazards include:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Torn or ripped carpets, rugs, or floor coverings
- Uneven floors
- Unmarked steps
- Dangerous or defective stairs
- Missing handrails
- Poor or insufficient lighting
- Cluttered aisles or walkways
- Fallen merchandise or spills
- Negligent security
- Tripping hazards, such as wires or cords in walkways
- Defective stairs
- Unsafe swimming pools
- Lack of proper signage (exit signs, wet floor signs, etc.)
Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we provide aggressive, personalized legal representation for those injured in all types of accidents on all types of properties. We can assist you if you were injured in a grocery store, at work, in a public park, or while visiting a friend’s home or apartment.
Our premises liability lawyers handle cases involving:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Inadequate property maintenance
- Defective conditions
- Swimming pool accidents
- Dog bites
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Apartment complex and condo accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Property fires and flooding
- Toxic/chemical exposure
We are well-versed in the many nuances inherent in these types of claims and can help you effectively meet any challenges you may face throughout the process. We know every situation is unique and every case is different, which is why we take the time to really get to know you and your goals. When you choose the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., you receive personal attention from a team of 20 attorneys, 6 investigators, and 100+ support staff; we even provide our clients with our personal cell phone numbers to ensure that they can always reach us when they need us most.
Request Your Free Consultation Today
If you or someone you love was seriously injured due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, we encourage you to reach out to our team right away. We have multiple office locations throughout Florida and Georgia and provide legal services in Spanish, Russian, and German. We also offer contingency fees, meaning you do not pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.