When you sustain injuries from a slip-and-fall accident on a neighbor’s property, you may wonder who holds responsibility for the accident. The answer depends on a few important factors: the cause of the accident, the property owner’s duty of care, and the severity of the injury. Florida law allows an injured to recover damages due to someone else’s negligence.
If you suffer injuries in a slip-and-fall accident on your neighbor’s property, you may have the ability to seek monetary compensation for the medical, physical, and financial losses you suffer. While you may be hesitant to pursue legal action against a neighbor, you should not have to suffer for someone else’s negligence. Speak with a Florida slip-and-fall lawyer to learn about premises liability and how negligence is determined in your case.
How Duty of Care Plays a Role in Your Premises Liability Case
Duty of care is the legal obligation a property owner holds, which requires them to follow the standards of reasonable care for their property. This means they have a certain amount of responsibility for the health and safety of those on their property. However, the property owner’s duty of care depends on which category the individual on the property falls under.
The following are the three categories an individual may fall under when on another person’s property:
- Invitee: A person with the property owner’s permission to enter the property, including neighbors, friends, and family;
- Licensee: A person with the property owner’s permission to enter the property for a specific reason and purpose. These individuals include salespeople, service members, and gardeners;
- Trespasser: A person who is not authorized to enter the property. These exclude children, and in cases involving a child, landowners must take full precautions to avoid injuries.
Understanding the category you fall under in a slip-and-fall case helps determine the level of duty of care you were awarded on the property. When you injure yourself on a neighbor’s property, you have the highest level of duty of care. Property owners must take the necessary precautions to keep you safe on their land.
Causes of Slip-And-Fall Accidents in Florida
Not all accidents on a neighbor’s property may allow you to seek monetary compensation for your injuries. You must provide evidence of your neighbor failing to provide the designated reasonable level of care in preventing you from falling on the premises. In other words, you and your lawyer must show their negligence and how their actions caused your injuries.
Below are a few examples of preventable dangers that may cause you injuries:
- Improper lighting;
- Poor housekeeping;
- Uneven walking surfaces;
- Loose floorboards;
- Recently waxed floors;
- Leaking ceilings;
- Recently mopped floors;
- Torn, frayed, or bunched carpeting;
- Defective or dangerous sidewalks;
- Potholes in the pavement;
- Cluttered floors or other tripping hazards.
Every slip-and-fall accident is unique and requires knowledgeable legal representation. Contact a slip-and-fall accident lawyer as soon as possible. They will be able to give you specific information regarding your claim and your best course of action.
Speak With an Experienced Florida Slip-And-Fall Accident Attorney Today
When you suffer emotional, physical, and financial losses because of another person’s negligence, you deserve to receive monetary compensation. Marsalisi Law has years of experience protecting Florida clients and fighting for their rights. We will do everything in our power to recover the monetary compensation you deserve.
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