From rental units to grocery stores, owners must keep their land, buildings, and architectural features reasonably safe and hazard-free. Unfortunately, many owners neglect to do so. While accidents happen, if you suffered a severe injury due to poor maintenance or improper construction, you may be able to file a premises liability case and sue for damages. At Aigen Law Firm, we have worked with hundreds of clients who suffered an injury on another person’s property in or around Miami. For more information on how we can help, please schedule a free consultation today.
What Is Premises Liability?
Simply put, premises liability deals with injuries and wrongful deaths resulting from a property owner’s negligence. Premises liability varies based on the status of the person who sustained an injury. For example, they may be:
- An adult trespasser: Adult trespassers enter the property illegally and, in many cases, in spite of visible signs or warnings.
- A child trespasser: A child trespasser may fall into a protected class of plaintiffs who are injured or killed because of an “attractive nuisance,” which is a property feature such as a pool, refrigerator, or hot tub that the owner should have reasonably known would appeal to the individual.
- A licensee: A licensee is an individual who did not receive an invitation to enter a property but was not prohibited from entering, either.
- An invitee: Invitees comprise individuals who received an actual or implied invitation to enter the property, such as guests or customers.
Regardless of your status, a property owner owes you the duty to maintain their property. While maintenance and upkeep laws vary from location to location, they may require owners to:
- Ensure that buildings, decorations, and features like stairs and elevators meet state and city codes
- Hire licensed contractors to install property features like walkways and sidewalks
- Install reasonable security mechanisms
- Maintain attractions, such as pools or amusement park rides
- Warn guests or customers about known hazards with appropriate signs or messaging
Common Premises Liability Cases
A property owner’s negligence can result in dozens of different injuries. However, at Aigen Law Firm, some of the most common claims we handle include:
- Insufficient or nonexistent security measures
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Animal bites
- Swimming pool or hot tub accidents
What to Do If You Get Injured on Someone Else’s Property
If you’ve sustained an injury on someone else’s property, you need to act quickly. Depending on your circumstances, you may have the ability to recover damages. However, you need to follow several steps, such as:
- Reporting your injury
- Seeking medical care
- Hiring a lawyer
- Conducting an investigation
- Filing a lawsuit
Always report the accident and seek medical attention first. Then, as soon as you are able, we highly recommend contacting an experienced property liability attorney. Your attorney will work with you to ensure that your medical care receives proper documentation.
Further, your attorney will oversee an investigation to determine what happened. Lastly, they will help prepare and file your claim and work to achieve a fair end to a traumatizing event.
Don’t Wait to Hire an Experienced Property Liability Attorney – Call Miami’s Reliable Personal Injury Law Firm
You’ve already suffered an injury. Don’t take on the mental, emotional, and financial burden of a lawsuit, too. At Aigen Law Firm, we’ve helped hundreds of Florida residents restore their lives following an injury. We look forward to reviewing your case as well. For more information on our services or to schedule a free consultation with our Miami team, please contact us today.