Orlando Premises Liability Lawyer
Getting hurt on another person’s property because of a hazard or defect can be angering and frustrating. It is important to know that you could be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation if the property owner failed to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner. An experienced Orlando premises liability lawyer at Joshi Law Firm, PA can help.
Understanding Premises Liability Law in Orlando
Premises liability law is one area of personal injury law that allows an injured person to hold a property owner (or anyone else in control of property, such as a renter or manager) accountable for injuries resulting from an unreasonable hazard on the premises. Slips and falls, or trips and falls, are common types of premises liability lawsuits.
Slips and falls, or trips and falls, can have various causes, such as:
- Liquid spill that was not properly cleaned;
- Torn or damaged carpeting;
- Lack of lighting in an area where a slip, trip, or fall is likely;
- Damaged handrail on a staircase; or
- Slick flooring without proper warning.
Common Types of Orlando Premises Liability Lawsuits
You should know that there are also other types of premises liability lawsuits beyond slips and falls. Some common types of premises liability claims, including slip and fall accidents, including but are not limited to the following:
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Elevator accidents;
- Escalator accidents; and
- Swimming pool accidents.
Elements of an Orlando Premises Liability/Slip & Fall Claim
The general elements of a premises liability lawsuit will include the following:
- Defendant owed you a duty of care to ensure that the property was in a reasonably safe condition;
- Defendant breached the duty of care by failing to maintain the property in a reasonably safe manner or to warn about hazards;
- Defendant’s breach of the duty of care caused your injury on the property; and
- Your injury resulted in damages.
You should know that the law is a little bit different for people who get hurt in slip and fall accidents caused by liquid spills or a “transitory foreign substance” in a business establishment. Under Florida law, in those circumstances, the injured person must prove that the business owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the hazardous substance for the business owner to be liable.
Timeline for a Premises Liability Lawsuit in Orlando
Like other personal injury lawsuits, most premises liability claims will need to be filed within four years from the date of the injury. However, it is important to know that additional requirements may apply, and may shorten the timeline significantly, when your injury occurred on public property. When slips and falls occur on public property like damaged sidewalks or roads, you may be required to give notice before moving forward with a government claim. An experienced premises liability lawyer in Orlando can evaluate your case and provide you with more information.
Contact Joshi Law Firm, PA to File a Claim
The Joshi Law Firm, PA can represent you in any premises liability lawsuit, including a slip and fall accident. Property owners and renters have a duty to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe, and when they fail to do so, we can help you to hold them accountable. Contact our experienced Orlando premises liability/slip & fall lawyer today for assistance with your lawsuit.