What Is Property Owner Negligence?
Accidents that happen on another person’s property are one of the leading causes of personal injuries. In cases involving slips and falls, getting struck by or against objects, or other types of potentially serious mishaps, property owners can be held liable for damages you suffer if their negligent actions were to blame.
Examples Of Property Owner Negligence
Negligence is a legal theory that involves taking actions that put others at risk or failing to take reasonable steps needed to protect them. Property owner negligence is a particularly common problem, in which the property owner either fails to properly maintain the premises and to warn visitors when potentially dangerous conditions exist.
Under the Florida Statutes, they can be held legally liable for personal injuries you suffer as a result. Examples of property owner negligence that are frequently cited in personal injury claims include:
- Lack of safety mats at building exits or entrances;
- Wet, slippery floors due to adverse weather, spills, or condensation;
- Torn carpeting and loose flooring tiles;
- Uneven walkways and lack of proper landscaping;
- Cluttered aisles;
- Lack of handrails on stairs;
- Loose lighting fixtures;
- Improperly secured displays;
- Uneven or overstocking of shelves;
- Lack of property lighting, locks, fencing, or other security features.
As a result of the above or other dangerous conditions, you could suffer a slip and fall accidents, get struck by or against objects, or be the victim of a crime. When this happens, you may be able to hold the property owner accountable through a premises liability claim.
Compensation Available In A Premises Liability Claim
Premises liability cases can involve grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, office buildings, hospitals, resorts, and any type of public place. They can also involve apartment or condominium complexes and accidents that occur in others homes. When you suffer injuries due to the property owners negligence, you may be able to seek compensation through a claim filed against their insurer.
In cases where your injuries are severe or insurance representatives either downplay or deny your claim, the best course of action may be to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner through the Volusia County Courts. Compensation available in this type of claim includes:
- Coverage of your current medical bills and compensation for future medical expenses related to the incident;
- Reimbursement for current lost wages and any future losses in income you are likely to suffer due to your injuries;
- Compensation for pain, suffering, and any loss of enjoyment in life your injuries result in;
- Punitive damages, which may be awarded in cases where the property owner showed gross negligence or engaged in intentional misconduct.
Contact Us Today for Help
When personal injuries happen due to the negligence of property owners, Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. provides the professional legal representation you need in holding them accountable. Getting you the compensation you need to recover is our top priority. Call or contact our Daytona Beach slip and fall attorneys online and request a consultation to discuss your case today.