Tampa Premises Liability Attorney
Injured on Someone Else’s Property? You Have Rights!
Property owners are legally obligated to provide a safe environment for
visitors, tenants, and customers. Without this level of caution, visitors
are at risk of injury. This is called “premises liability,”
and refers to the property owner’s responsibility to protect you
from harm. At Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, our Tampa personal injury attorneys
have more than 75 years of combined legal experience. Let us use it to
your advantage by contacting our firm today.
You don’t pay unless we win, so contact our office for a
free, no-obligation legal consultation.
When You Could Hold a Property Owner Liable
Simply put, you can pursue compensation for injuries when known, unsafe
conditions caused your accident. This might be a dangerous spill in a
grocery store aisle, a poorly lit stairwell at your apartment complex,
or inadequate security at a parking garage.
Some of the most common forms of premises liability include:
In order to seek compensation, you must demonstrate that the property owner
failed to address a known danger (or threat that should have been known).
If the property fails to fix the unsafe condition in a timely manner,
they are responsible for any ensuing damages – including your medical
bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages.
How to Build a Strong Premises Liability Case
When a property owner, manager, or employee fails to remove or warn visitors
about hazardous conditions on the property, people can get hurt. Neck
and spinal damage, broken bones, and
brain injuries are not uncommon. Like any
personal injury claim, these cases require strategic legal guidance. Our firm can help
you collect the evidence you need to support your claim, which will serve
as the basis for negotiations and courtroom arguments.
In order to build a strong case, you will need to prove that:
- As the property owner, the defendant owed you a duty of care.
- The property owner knew or should have known about the hazard.
- The property owner failed to remove the hazard in a timely manner; or
- The property owner failed to warn their visitors about the hazard.
- The property owner’s negligence caused you to suffer an injury.
Even with the right evidence, you may have difficulty getting the money
you deserve after a property-related accident. The key is to present your
case in the right way, using strategic and detailed methods to prove your
claim. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers at
Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez are ready to help you create and substantiate your case so that you stand
a better chance of obtaining the level of financial compensation you truly deserve.
Invitees, Licensees, & Trespassers: Establishing Your Rights
In a premises liability case, defendants may try to avoid liability by
questioning your legal status on the property. There are three types of
visitors: invitees, licensees, and trespassers. In most cases, property
owners owe very little legal obligation to trespassers, except that the
property owner is not allowed to present intentional hazards to those
who unlawfully enter the premises.
Licensees and invitees, on the other hand, have specific rights:
Invitees – An invitee is someone who enters the premises for business purposes.
This includes patrons at a restaurant or customers at a shopping mall
or grocery store. If the business fails to clean up a spill in a timely
manner or warn customers about a present danger, it has failed in its
duty to protect the customer.
Licensees – A licensee is someone who comes onto the property with implied
or explicit permission from the property owner. In most cases, licensees
are guests. If a friend invites you over and fails to warn you about their
dog, for example, your friend would be responsible for your injuries in
the event of a dog bite.
Explore Your Options in a Free, No-Risk Consultation
If you sustained an injury as a guest or customer, you can seek compensation
from several parties. This might include a negligent employee, landowner,
or a local municipality. Generally speaking, liability (who is responsible
for your damages) determines which party you will sue. Only a skilled
lawyer can provide an informed perspective regarding your case, so contact
our Tampa premises liability lawyers now to schedule a free consultation.
We have more than 75 years of experience, and you don’t pay anything
unless we win your case! Contact Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez today to
arrange a free consultation with a member of our legal team.