Commercial and residential property owners must maintain their premises in a manner that makes them safe for those who visit. Negligent property owners who fail to meet their duty can cause severe injury to others, but can also be liable for an injured victim’s losses. The Villages premises liability lawyers at Glover Law Firm are here to help with your premises liability case.
An injured individual’s best chance at holding a property owner responsible could be their legal representation. If you suffered an injury while visiting another’s property, you may have a premises liability claim that a skilled premises liability lawyer in The Villages could evaluate.
Premises liability involves a victim who suffers an injury due to the negligence of a commercial or residential property owner. It is applicable to visitors, customers, employees, and—in limited circumstances—uninvited guests and trespassers. These cases do not require the injury suffered to be life-threatening, just the direct result of a property owner’s negligence.
The plaintiff in a premises liability case has a limited window in which they can file a premises liability lawsuit, otherwise known as the statute of limitations. In Florida premises liability cases, plaintiffs have four years from the date of the accident to file the lawsuit. The law bars individuals from filing a claim after this period.
In a barred case, the court would rarely find compelling cause to permit the case to go forward. An exception would be if the plaintiff is unaware of their injury until after the normal statute of limitations expires. However, being unaware of the injury and being unaware of the extent of the injury are not equivalent, so injured individuals should make every effort to file their claims in a timely manner.
A person’s ability to recover damages for injuries they sustained on another person’s property is dependent on their status at the time. When a property owner in The Villages has opened their property to guests, business visitors, or the public, they have a duty to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition.
Maintaining property in safe condition requires property owners to warn visitors if there are hazards that may cause guests to slip and fall or sustain injuries. They must also repair any known issues. Dog bites and animal attacks can also fall under premises liability.
A property owner’s duty differs for uninvited guests. An uninvited guest is someone who has entered the premises without permission at the time of the accident, a common example being a person loitering at a retail space after business hours. Alternatively, a trespasser is one who enters the property without a legal right.
Florida property owners cannot intentionally maim or injure uninvited guests or trespassers. A property owner who does intentionally harm an uninvited guest or trespasser may be liable for the damage their intentional act caused.
Read this 5-star Google review below regarding a personal injury case in The Villages.
“My husband and I are snowbirds in The Villages. We were rear ended on Hwy 27 in 2018. Glover Law firm represented us in our personal injury case. Gordon was thorough in explaining the process and answering any questions. He and his staff were always professional and prompt with all communication. I would highly recommend Glover Law firm if you find yourself in a similar unfortunate situation.”
By: Dianne Uthe
Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Feb 3, 2019
Read more reviews on Google!
To learn more about your legal options if you suffered injuries on another person’s property, an experienced premises liability lawyer in The Villages is available to help. Call Glover Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.