How far does premises liability extend?

Property owners and business owners have a duty to use reasonable care in keeping their premises safe and secure for their patrons. If they are negligent in this duty, they may be responsible for injuries that occur on their property under Florida’s premises liability laws. One example of a premises liability case is a slip & fall accident where a foreign substance on the floor or some other impediment causes a customer to fall and hurt themselves. While many of these premise liability type accidents will occur inside of a store, what about injuries that occur in the business’ parking lot or occur when someone is injured walking into or out of a business?

In Florida, property owners and business owners are responsible for maintaining the areas both in and around their building, including parking lots. A property or business owner may be found negligent if they fail to fix potholes, provide sufficient outdoor lighting, maintain adequate security, and clear away water or other substances from walkways. In order for a property owner to be found negligent in these circumstances, the injured party must be able to prove that their injuries were caused by a hazardous condition, that the property owner was aware or should have been aware of the danger, and that the accident could have been prevented had the property owner not have acted negligently. With premises liability cases, it is important to file an incident report with the business and if possible, document the hazardous condition and your injuries with pictures. If you’ve suffered an injury in a premises liability accident, call Givens Givens Sparks for a free case evaluation and discussion regarding your rights against the at-fault parties.

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