Common Types Of Premises Liability Claims
Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe and free from dangerous conditions that could cause injury to those who visit. When property owners fail to do this, they may be held liable in a legal claim known as “premises liability.”
If you have been hurt on someone else’s property, you might have a right to obtain compensation by pursuing a premises liability claim. Our Boca Raton premises liability lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez can help you navigate the often complex legal system when holding a property owner liable for injuries.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
Let’s discuss the types of premises liability cases:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common forms of premises liability cases and are estimated to account for over one million visits to the emergency room each year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
These accidents occur when someone slips or trips on another person’s property due to hazardous conditions such as wet floors, broken stairs, uneven surfaces, or cluttered walkways. To win a slip and fall case, you must prove that the property owner was aware of the condition or should have been aware with reasonable care.
Property owners also have an obligation to provide adequate security measures to protect visitors from foreseeable criminal activity on their premises. This includes providing sufficient lighting, posting signs warning visitors about dangerous areas, hiring security personnel if necessary, and fixing broken locks and gates. If you were injured due to inadequate security measures on someone else’s property, you might be able to file a premises liability claim against them.
Animal attacks can also qualify for a premises liability claim if it can be proven that the property owner failed to take proper precautions to prevent an attack from occurring or did not adequately warn visitors about any pets on the premises. Pet owners are typically required by law to take steps such as fencing in animals or keeping them leashed at all times when outside their home or yard.
What Do You Need to Prove to Sue the Owner?
In a premises liability case, the injured party needs to prove four elements to recover damages:
- Duty of care. The first element to prove to recover damages through a premises liability case is that the property owner owed you a duty of care.
- Breach. The second element is to prove that the property owner failed to uphold the duty of care.
- Causation. The third element is to prove that the owner’s breach of care directly led to your injury.
- Damages. The fourth element of a premises liability claim is proving that the plaintiff (the injured party) suffered damages and losses because of the breach.
Proving the above-mentioned elements is not always easy. It may require a thorough investigation by a skilled attorney who can assist you with gathering evidence to support your premises liability claim.
Contact Leifer & Ramirez for Assistance with Your Premises Liability Claim
There are many types of dangerous conditions that may qualify for a premise liability claim if it can be shown that the property owner was negligent in some way. It is vital for individuals who have been injured due to negligence on someone else’s part to contact an experienced attorney who can help them navigate the process of filing a successful premise liability claim against the responsible party. Our skilled and dedicated lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez can assist you with your claim to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Call 561-660-9421 to discuss your case.