What is Premises Liability?
Have you ever wondered why grocery stores insist on placing bright yellow signs on the floor warning you that it might be slippery or why some department stores have heavy security personnel and camera equipment? Business owners and property owners take strong measures to increase the safety of their premises – and rightly so. If someone is injured because the person responsible for the premises neglected to provide a reasonably safe environment, he or she may find themselves facing a premises liability claim.
Premises liability is the field of personal injury law that deals with a business or property owner’s responsibility to those who visit their premises. This area of the law involves a number of different factors and elements. However, many injured victims who cannot explain the reason for their accident may find the answer by looking into the location where their accident or injury occurred. To find out whether your accident qualifies for a premises liability claim against the person who owns the business or property where it occurred, as a Miami premises liability attorney from the Law Office of Maria L. Rubio.
Accidents that Fall Under Premises Liability
Examples of premises liability include:
- Amusement Park Injuries
- Cruise Ship Accidents
- Security Negligence
- Swimming Pool Accidents
In some cases, nursing home injuries can be classified as a premises liability claim. A property owner can include a business owner, home owner or other individual that through their claim to the property is legally required to upkeep to a certain standard. To find out if your injury qualifies for a premises liability claim, do not hesitate to contact a Miami-Dade personal injury lawyer from our law office today.
Amusement Park Accidents
Florida has no shortage of entertaining amusement parks. In order to maintain the sense of joy that these parks are meant to bring to visitors, amusement parks are held to strict safety standards and general laws regarding liability and responsibility, especially in cases of injury on amusement park grounds. Negligence in this area could result in a serious injury.
The types of injuries that a person may suffer in an amusement park are virtually endless. Park-goers can suffer from slip and fall accidents over wet walkways and in bathrooms. Poorly-maintained ride equipment can further contribute to accidents with potentially terrifying results. In the special case of high-speed rides like roller-coasters, the need for safety is critical, and amusement park staff must strive against complacency and other hindrances in order to maintain a respectable troubleshooting process that identifies problems before they cause damage. In some cases, however, important indicators are missed and unsuspecting customers can suffer a wide range of injuries.
Cruise Ship & Passenger Vessel Claims
Passengers aboard cruise ships, party boats, fishing boats and other watercraft have a right to expect the same level of safety on board a ship as they would in any building on land. There are a multitude of personal injuries that may occur on a passenger vessel, both minimal and severe alike. When a water-going vessel accepts passengers onboard, there is a level of responsibility that is assigned to the ship owner to keep those passengers safe.
Causes of injury on cruise ships include, but are not limited to:
- Equipment failure
- Poorly maintained safety features
- Spills that are unattended
- Wet floors that are unmarked
- Obstructed walkways that are not cleared
- Unclean environments
When negligence is the cause of a slip and fall or other accident on a cruise ship, the victim has the right to file a claim. Passengers aboard cruise ships and other water-going vessels can experience injuries ranging from minor scrapes, bumps and bruises, to catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, paralysis, head injuries and death. Due to the sheer variety of cause and effect that can play a role in a cruise ship accident, it may be a good idea to discuss your experience with a Miami personal injury lawyer at your earliest convenience.
Many examples of negligent security exist today. Private homes may have unlocked doors or broken gates that can be easily compromised by any criminal with enough intent. Places of business may lack the proper surveillance or lighting in parking garages required to survive a potential conflict with a stranger that may result in a personal injury, whether physical, mental or emotional.
When criminals identify these faults in security, it increases the risk of a confrontation that can end in serious personal injury in terms of broken bones, head or brain injuries, and extreme, prolonged emotional distress. Anyone who has been the victim of a traumatizing crime because of negligent security measures can file a claim for compensation.
Florida legislature enacted the Ibern / McKenzie Merriam Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act in 2000 to establish safety requirements concerning:
- Pool covers
- Perimeter fencing
- Self-closing & self-locking gates
- Alarms on all windows and doors giving access to a pool
These precautions can prevent children and trespassers from gaining easy access to a pool or spa and a potentially deadly accident. While these are excellent safety features, what if the design of the pool itself is flawed or defects exist due to errors during construction and installation of the pool and related equipment? In the case of serious or catastrophic injuries or wrongful death stemming from this type of defect, meeting with a personal injury lawyer in Miami-Dade could help you obtain compensation for medical expenses and other related damages through a liability claim.
Take Action with an Injury Attorney in Miami-Dade
If you or someone you love suffered any type of injury, including a broken bone, cuts or lacerations, head or brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, or any other type of trauma on another person’s property, call the Law Office of Maria L. Rubio as soon as possible. While many people do not think to call an attorney after they have been injured, it can be extremely beneficial to your recovery and to your financial future if you choose to work with an attorney.
Without a premises liability settlement, you will have to pay for the injuries you have sustained on your own, out of your own paycheck or savings. Medical treatment is expensive, and can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars, or even more.
Protect your future when you have been injured on someone else’s property; contact our Miami personal injury law firm today to receive an initial consultation!
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The victim of an accident caused by the negligent act of another person has the legal right to pursue financial compensation in a civil court. By detailing the injury, the circumstances and the ensuing struggles related to recovery, it is possible to recuperate any lost funds and receive additional compensation for future costs as well.
The Law Offices of Maria Rubio have a strong background in health and medicine, and understand many cases both from a medical and legal perspective. With a specialty in personal injury law, our firm focuses on the important details that make up a strong case. We will work hard to build a solid and compelling argument in our pursuit of a fair settlement or a judgment for financial compensation to cover any costs associated with the injury.
Contact a Miami personal injury lawyer if you have been the victim of an accident caused by another's negligence, and would like to discuss your options.