In most states, owners of the property are obliged to maintain their premises and ensure they are safe. They are legally mandated to eliminate hazards on their property and to carry out regular repairs to ensure this; if there are any hazards, they are required to give fair warning of such hazards to visitors. If an individual gets injured on the premises due to the negligence of the owner – like non-provision of hazard warnings or not fixing hazards willfully, they can file for compensation for such injuries they sustain. As one of the leading personal injury attorneys in Orlando, FL, we at Bryan W Crews can help you seek damages. Here we will tell you about some of the types of claims you can file and what damages you can recover:
Types of Premises Liability Claims
Slips and Falls: If no proper notices were placed warning of wet floors, uneven pavement, slippery surfaces, ice and so on, and a visitor slips and falls, it constitutes negligence on the part of the premises owner.
Elevator or Escalator Accident: Those who get injured due to malfunctioning elevators or escalators may be able to file a claim against the property owner for non-maintenance and even the manufacturer for defective equipment.
Inadequate Security leading to assault: If a certain property is situated in a high-risk area (where crime is high) the owner is mandated to provide adequate security. If an attack occurs because of the lack of security, the owner can be held liable for any injuries or damages arising out of such attacks; e.g – mall parking lots or office complexes.
Swimming Pool Accidents: If the pool is not adequately secured and/or barricaded, a visitor may fall in; if they don’t know how to swim, it can be potentially very dangerous as well.
Amusement Park Accidents: Florida abounds with amusement parks and these are full of rides and adventure activities with huge potential for accidents if the equipment is not maintained properly. Visitors can sustain minor to potentially fatal injuries.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Recover in a Premises Liability Suit?
As an Orlando accident attorney, Bryan W Crews can help you to claim compensation for the following:
- Medical Bills: You can claim compensation for medical expenses you incurred as a result of the injuries sustained on the owner’s property. This can include surgery, hospitalization, therapy and rehabilitation, medicines, doctor fees and so on.
- Loss of wages: If your injury is severe, you may not be able to return to work for an extended period of time, leading to loss of wages for that period. As a victim of a premises injury, you can claim compensation for lost wages and if the injury results in disability, you may even be able to claim for decreased future earnings.
- Emotional trauma: Depending on the severity and the circumstances of your injuries, you may be able to claim compensation for the emotional pain and trauma you suffer in addition to the physical injury.
- Wrongful Death: In some cases, the injury may be so severe that it results in the death of an individual. In such an instance, the family can file a claim for wrongful death; this could include compensation for lost income of the deceased, emotional suffering resulting from the loss of a loved one, and so on.
If you or your loved one has suffered injuries as a result of negligence on the part of a property owner, we at Bryan W Crews can help you assess your case and advise you regarding the compensation you can claim. Call us today for a FREE case evaluation!