Every five seconds, some type of accident happens in this country, whether in a public place or private home. Many of those accidents are caused by carelessness or negligence.
Premises liability is a broad term that includes claims for death or injury that happens as a result of dangerous conditions due to negligence or carelessness. Claims may include, but are not limited to, faulty design, improper maintenance, inadequate signs, lax security, broken or damaged materials, lack of sufficient staff or personnel, insufficient lighting, dangerous conditions, etc.
In most situations, property owners are responsible for injuries on their property that occur because of unsafe conditions they knew about, or should have known about and warned others.
When it comes to premises liability, many people think of slipping and falling on a wet floor. Slip and fall is definitely one type of premises liability, but there are many other situations that can occur.
Evidence is critical in proving a premises liability case. A property owner may make repairs following an accident and such repairs are generally not admissible at trial, so it’s important to contact an attorney immediately in order for evidence to be obtained and properly preserved. In Florida, there is a four year statute of limitations on filing a claim, but in order for adequate evidence to be obtained, it’s important to document the dangerous condition and secure all evidence as soon as possible. In many instances, surveillance cameras may have captured the incident, but this video footage may be taped over or destroyed in a very short time if the evidence is not properly preserved.
Have you been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence? It is important that you contact legal counsel as soon as possible. The preservation of evidence needed to prove your claim is of utmost importance and may be lost or destroyed if not preserved immediately. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.