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.

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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:

  • Defective sidewalks
  • Theme park accidents
  • Fires and gas explosions
  • Falling merchandise
  • Elevator accidents

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.


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