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Accidents that take place at commercial buildings (stores, banks, offices), residences (private homes or rentals), or on public property (parks, streets, or public transportation) due to a defective or dangerous condition are called "premises liability" accidents. In Florida, property owners are liable for maintaining both the inside and outside of their property. For example, a
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store owner has a duty to maintain not only the inside of the store, but also the sidewalks, entryways and parking lot outside the store.
The most common conditions that give rise to liability claims brought against business owners include broken or uneven sidewalks, inadequate lighting, collapsed ceiling, obstruction on stairways, in aisles or sidewalks, spilled liquid, broken or missing handrails on stairways, uneven steps or defectively built stairways, malfunctioning doors, dangerously or negligently displayed merchandise, etc. Dogs also can be considered a dangerous condition on a person's property and a dog bite or attack can result in a premises liability suit against the animal's guardian.
To prevail in a premises liability claim, an injured person must prove that the property owner or occupier failed to conform his conduct to a standard of conduct imposed on the property owner by law. For example, a business owner has a legal duty to keep his property in a safe condition and warn business invitees of any dangers the owner knows or should know about through a regular inspection. On the other hand, a residential property owner or occupier only has a legal duty to repair any unsafe known conditions or warn his social guests about them and no duty to inspect.
If you would like to have your case evaluated by an experienced Florida personal injury attorney, call our office now for a free non-obligation consultation. You owe us nothing unless we win your case, and in most cases we are able to substantially reduce our personal injury contingency fees to save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.