Premises liability is the area of the law that deals with a landlord’s responsibility for unsafe conditions on their property. Whether a landlord is liable for injuries to visitors depends on many factors, including the type of visitor, the nature of the hazard and whether the landlord’s behavior was reasonable. The Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. thoroughly investigates premises liability accidents and takes decisive steps to build a compelling case. When you entrust your case to me, I work tirelessly to recover the full, fair compensation you deserve.
A plaintiff in a personal injury action can only demand compensation from a defendant who had a duty of care, who breached that duty of care and whose breach directly caused injury. Therefore, the first question in a premises liability case is whether the landlord had a duty of care toward the visitor. In Florida, the law places visitors into three distinct categories:
Children pose a special case for landlords, especially if there is a feature on the property that could serve as an “attractive nuisance,” enticing children to enter. A property owner must take reasonable steps, such as erecting a fence to prevent children from encountering the hazard.
A slip and fall is the most common type of premises liability case and involves a visitor encountering a slick, foreign substance on a surface and slipping as a result. Section 768.0755 of the Florida Statutes specifically addresses this type of premises liability accident. Trip and fall accidents are also common, resulting from various hazards, such as uneven surfaces, changes in levels and accumulated debris. A landlord can also be liable for:
Premises liability injuries are potentially very serious and could even be fatal. In my personal injury practice, I have seen victims with head injuries, spinal trauma, broken bones and other debilitating conditions. With every case I undertake, I work diligently to ensure that my clients recover the full compensation they deserve.
The Law Offices of James Jean-Francois, P.A. provides trustworthy representation for premises liability cases throughout the Hollywood area. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, call me at 954-780-8505 or contact my office online. I am conveniently located at 6100 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 211, between Florida’s Turnpike and South State Road 7.