A Premises Liability Attorney Can Help You Hold Property Owners Accountable

Injuries can occur when property owners fail in their obligation to keep their land and buildings safe for visitors and others conducting business on their property. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, a premises liability attorney at Moody Law serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City, can help you hold the responsible party accountable for negligence and unsafe conditions.

Unsafe conditions on a person’s property can result in serious, even life-threatening, injuries that can cause permanent damage. Our team of attorneys can help ensure you are appropriately compensated for your injuries and suffering. Contact our law firm to learn more about how our attorneys can help you secure the compensation you deserve.

Property Owner Obligations

Property owners have an obligation under Florida law to maintain their properties to avoid causing injury to another. If a property owner cannot maintain a portion of his or her property, he or she must provide adequate warning to potential guests. Should an injury occur and a proper warning was not given to guests, the property owner may be liable for medical expenses and more.

Unsafe conditions on a person’s property can result in life-threatening injuries.

The degree to which a property owner is responsible for injuries sustained on his or her property depends, in part, on why the other party was on the property in the first place. A property owner has a greater obligation to invited guests and those licensed to conduct business on a property, but Florida law provides little protection for trespassers who are injured on someone else’s property.

Premises Liability Cases

One of the most common types of premises liability cases is slip-and-fall accidents. Other common premises liability injuries include:

  • Staircase accidents
  • Electricity and electrocution
  • Defective sidewalks
  • Insufficient security
  • Dog bites

Where These Injuries Happen

Premises liability can happen on any type of property, including commercial or residential properties, as well as public or government properties. Grocery stores and shopping malls are two of the most common locations where premises liability injuries occur, but they can happen in apartment complexes or even at a friend's home.

A wet floor sign is seen in the foreground while people walk in front of an office building in the background.
Owners must provide adequate warning to guests if they are unable to properly maintain their property. 

Causes of Premises Liability Injuries

The most common causes of premises liability injuries include:

  • Poor lighting
  • Poor design or construction
  • Defective materials
  • Building code violations
  • Defective electrical wiring
  • Failure to remove snow, ice, or water from walkways (indoors and outdoors)

These dangerous conditions can lead to serious injuries that can range from minor to catastrophic.

Common Injuries 

Injuries a person may suffer include:

These severe injuries can require extensive medical treatment and extended time away from work. Catastrophic injuries can place an undue financial burden on victims and their families.

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Slip and Fall Injuries

Premises liability law states that property owners are responsible for injuries that occur on their property as a result of inadequate upkeep or failure to warn guests of hazards. This law covers a wide range of accidents, but slip-and-fall accidents are the most common. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur as a result of bad flooring, wet or icy conditions, and more.

Icy stairs are a slip-and-fall hazard.
Property owners have an obligation to eliminate hazards that could result in a slip and fall accident.

Where Can Slip-and-Fall Accidents Occur?

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur at any residential or commercial property. These accidents are common at places like grocery stores and shopping malls, where unattended product spills can result in personal injury; however, slip-and-fall accidents can just as easily occur at someone’s home or in an apartment complex or condominium. Slips and falls can take place both inside and outside, and the property owner is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of both.

Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

A slip-and-fall accident can occur for any number of reasons, including:

  • Misplaced or unsecured mats and rugs
  • Uneven tile or flooring
  • Unmarked hazards, such as a warning sign about a wet floor
  • Potholes
  • Broken railings
  • Appliance cords stretched across walkways

It is important to note that most slip-and-fall accidents are preventable. Even if the property owner lacks the means to make necessary repairs, he or she must provide adequate warning about any potential hazards.

Slip-and-Fall Injuries

Injuries resulting from a slip-and-fall accident can range from minor injuries such as bruises and sprains to severe or life-threatening incidents. In some cases, these accidents can be fatal. Common injuries sustained from a slip-and-fall accident include:

How Our Slip-and-Fall Attorneys Can Help

The effects of a slip-and-fall injury can be severe. Victims can face a lifetime of medical treatments and rehabilitation, which can prevent them from ever returning to work. One of our attorneys can conduct a thorough investigation of the property conditions to determine the cause of the fall. Your attorney can then use this information to prove the property owner’s negligence.

Slips and falls can take place both inside and outside, and the property owner is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of both.

Our attorneys can fight for your right to compensation. Insurance companies tend to take advantage of victims who choose not to hire an attorney. Without an attorney, insurance companies will try to settle your claim for far less than you deserve. Our attorneys can negotiate with insurance companies to secure a settlement for your pain and suffering.

Proving Negligence

Premises liability cases are complex and require you to prove the property owner’s negligence. At Moody Law, our attorneys can investigate the accident to determine the cause and prove the property owner’s fault.

Pursuing Fair Compensation

We can then aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. We can seek compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of income, and more, allowing you to focus on your recovery. Our attorneys have worked on many personal injury cases and have helped many clients receive just compensation. 

Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury on another person’s property, call our office at (863) 733-9090 or contact us online today to schedule your initial consultation. One of our attorneys can review the details of your claim and provide representation for you in the case that a property owner's negligence has caused your injury. 

Daniel D. Moody, J.D., B.C.S.

Moody Law, P.A.

Moody Law was founded by Daniel D. Moody for the sole and exclusive purpose of representing the injured. Our main office is centrally located next to the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow, FL, serving Lakeland, Winter Haven, and all the other communities of Polk County.  Some of Mr. Moody’s honors, memberships, and associations include:

  • The Florida Bar Board Certification – Civil Trial Specialist
  • AV PREEMINENT Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Life-member Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Best Attorneys of America – Rue Rating Lifetime Charter Member
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us online or call (863) 733-9090.

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