Representing Clients for Premises Liability Cases in Boca Raton, FL
When you get hurt on someone else’s property -- whether it belongs to the owner of a business, the City of Boca Raton, or even your neighbor -- there’s the possibility that negligence contributed to the accident. If so, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Premises liability is an area of law that allows people to recover compensation when they get hurt on another’s property. Most often, the law is associated with slip and fall accidents; however, there are many other types of premises liability cases that deserve representation by an attorney.
Injuries can happen to anyone at any time. You might suffer a slip and fall on a wet deck aboard a luxury cruise ship or trip on a raised sidewalk panel in your neighborhood. No matter what the circumstances, you should contact a Boca Raton premises liability lawyer to learn the value of your claim. It may be possible to hold the responsible party accountable for your accident and have them pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
At Baker Legal Team, Robert B. Baker is a board-certified civil trial lawyer who has worked closely with many clients throughout his career to recover millions of dollars worth of compensation. Before you file a claim, learn how he can help you navigate what may be a complex legal matter.
Common Types of Premises Liability Lawsuits in Boca Raton
The basis for a premises liability lawsuit can take place anywhere, including in a person’s home, office building, construction site, apartment building, public space, or place of business, such as a bar, restaurant, hotel, resort, theme park, golf course, museum, gallery, shopping mall, movie theater, grocery store, and more. Some common accidents that fall under the umbrella of premises liability include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Inadequate building security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Fire-related accidents
- Water leaks or flooding
- Toxic fumes or chemicals
- Inadequate maintenance
- Animal bites
Premises liability cases usually involve a dangerous condition that leads to an injury. The condition is usually one which the property owner knew about but failed to address through maintenance or repairs. This knowledge of the condition -- and the act of ignoring it until an accident occurred -- meets the standard for negligence. With an attorney by your side, he may investigate all the facts of your case so as to establish negligence and prove your case.
Property Owners Owe Visitors a Duty of Care
Property owners have a duty of care to visitors, which involves maintaining their properties so that they are safe for everyone who might enter them. Homeowners and business owners have an obligation to avoid foreseeable dangers, but not all courts in Florida have the same opinion on what makes a danger foreseeable. It’s important to have an attorney working your case to help secure a favorable outcome.
Who is considered a “visitor” in a premises liability case?
There are three types of visitors to whom property owners owe a duty of care:
Invitees are customers who enter a property to carry on normal business transactions. They may be customers purchasing goods, people who come to repair the property, and even employees of the business. Property owners must keep all areas an invitee might visit safe and accessible, and inform them of any area that might be unsafe. Information may be relayed through signage, like wet floor signs.
Licensees are friends, relatives, and guests who enter properties for social reasons, like visiting their friends. They may enter with or without a prior invitation. These visitors could be unannounced, meaning that the property owner is responsible for keeping the property safe at all times, repairing unsafe conditions, and warning guests about known dangers. If you’re a homeowner who is undergoing remodeling and a neighbor comes to visit, you could let them know of a hazard with a simple verbal warning.
Trespassers include people who enter properties without permission. Regardless of whether they’re invited or not, Florida property owners do not owe trespassers a duty of care besides avoiding harming them intentionally. However, homeowners who are aware that trespassers cross through their property frequently -- like kids cutting across backyards -- must warn them of any dangerous conditions that may not be obvious to them.
Recovering Compensation for a Premises Liability Accident
If you were hurt because a business owner, city official, or homeowner breached their duty of care, you deserve legal representation. You’re legally entitled to seek compensation to recover from a variety of losses including, but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Physical disfigurement
- Permanent disabilities
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
In cases of gross negligence, reckless disregard for the life and safety of others, or intentional harm done, it may be possible to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages serve the purpose of punishing the liable party and setting an example for others to be more careful.
Call Baker Law for Premises Liability Representation in Boca Raton
Although you’re allowed to sue a property owner and represent yourself in a premises liability claim, it can be extremely challenging to handle complex legal matters while you recover from your injuries. It may also be more difficult to receive every cent you deserve by law for your suffering. There is no substitute for experience when you need to protect your rights and hold others accountable for negligence in court.
Regardless of who the liable party is, you can be certain they will not face your claim in court unrepresented. You deserve to level the playing field.
Attorney Robert Baker of Baker Legal Team has collected millions of dollars worth of compensation for his clients throughout his career and is a board-certified civil trial lawyer in the state of Florida. Choose Baker Law for quality wrongful death representation in Boca Raton. Call (561) 320-0000 or complete our contact form.