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Understanding Florida Premises Liability Laws

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As most people know, if a customer slips and falls on a spill that was left on the floor of a restaurant or if a child is bitten by a neighbor’s family dog that is known for its violent temper, they may have grounds to seek damages from the property owners. What many do not understand about premises liability laws, however, is that the victim must be able to show that the owner and/or manager of the property had acted negligently in some way. As such, different laws regulate one’s ability to file a lawsuit against a seemingly negligent party. For example, if a person was to slip on a slippery substance that was left on the floor of a business establishment, Florida statute §768.0755 explains that “the injured person must prove that the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition” and that they had failed to take any action to remedy it.
That being said, some premises liability lawsuits can prove to be complex without sufficient evidence. In other cases, however, the law holds a property owner strictly liable for certain injuries that were sustained. For example, Florida statute §767.04 explains that a dog owner is “liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog.” This also means that whether a dog has injured another person on public property or on the pet owner’s residential property, the owner will be held strictly accountable for providing compensation to the victim. For this reason, it is important to understand that not all premises liability cases are handled the same. If you have been injured on another person’s property, it is important to understand your rights as a victim. To explore your legal options with a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney, contact our firm today.