Property owners, as you may know, are legally responsible for ensuring their premises are safe for all those who lawfully use them. That said, without vigilantly maintaining a property, it can quickly become hazardous. If you were hurt on someone else’s property due to no fault of your own, you likely now require compensation to get back on your feet again. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Jacksonville personal injury lawyer from our firm to learn more about what constitutes a valid premises liability claim and how we can help you through the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What constitutes a valid premises liability claim in Florida?
The first thing you should understand is that there are a wide array of property-related accidents that can occur. These range from slipping on sidewalks, tripping on defective stairwells, and even sustaining injuries due to poorly-maintained apartment facilities, such as elevators. That said, to have a valid premises liability claim, you are required to prove:
- The property owner in question either knew or should have reasonably known about the dangerous conditions present.
- The property owner failed to remedy the issue timely.
- You encountered the property hazard in question.
- You were injured and incurred damages as a direct result of the dangerous property conditions.
What can I do to bolster my claim?
After sustaining an injury in a trip or slip and fall accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 so emergency services can provide you with the immediate medical attention you need. Once you do so, you should try and take the following steps:
- Photograph the safety hazard that caused your accident.
- Ask witnesses for their contact information.
- Notify the property owner of the accident–they’ll likely write up an incident report.
- Keep copies of any medical documentation regarding your injury.
- Hire a dedicated personal injury lawyer who can file your premises liability claim on your behalf and fight for the compensation you need.
Is there a time limit on premises liability claims in Florida?
There is. In Florida, those injured due to unsafe property conditions typically have four years from the date of their accident to sue the party responsible. However, if you were injured on state or municipality-owned property, you likely will only have three years from the date of your accident to file a Notice of Claim. Ultimately, the sooner you bring your claim to our attention, the sooner we can start the fight for your rightful compensation.
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