What Exactly Is Premises Liability?

If you slipped on a recently mopped floor or were injured on a broken staircase, you could be protected by premises liability. Premises liability simply means that if you were injured on someone else's property, the court could impose liability (responsibility) on the property owner. If you believe that you or a loved one may have been harmed, the personal injury lawyers at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law can help.

Many personal injury cases revolve on the premise of negligence, meaning that a property owner did not maintain the standard of care that they owed those on their property. If it is reasonable to expect that something could cause an injury and the property owner does not take reasonable steps to fix the problem, then they can be considered negligent.

Does premises liability laws apply?

The stipulations to this law state that the property owner owed the injured person a duty of care and they failed to uphold that duty. This is not limited to organizations like nursing homes or day cares. If you were on a premise to conduct business, such as a store or office building, the owner is responsible for your safety. If they failed to maintain proper health and safety standards and it caused you injury, you could file a claim against them. This also extends to guests visiting a residential property.

There are many times when premises liability can apply:

Key to premises liability is the idea that a reasonable level of care must be practiced when owning this property, and there is a responsibility to protect those that find themselves on the property, whether invited or uninvited to that space.

Call an Experienced Tampa Attorney For Your Case

If someone was injured while trespassing on another person's property, they usually are not owed a high duty of care. Warning of possible dangers on the property is usually enough. If you were injured while on the grounds of another, a personal injury attorney from our team could review your case and see if you qualify for a premises liability claim. Contact our Tampa personal injury lawyers today!