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Premises liability claims come from numerous sources

When many Florida residents think about premises liability, they think about people slipping and falling in grocery stores. However, a property owner could be held liable for injuries suffered under many other circumstances by people who were invited onto the property. Premises liability claims may be filed against private property owners as well as commercial property owners.

The element that binds every premises liability claim is that a danger existed that the property owner knew or should have known about and should have corrected -- or should have at least warned invitees (people allowed to be on the property) of the hazard. Dangerous conditions include everything from a wet floor and inadequate lighting to an aggressive dog and security concerns. Property owners are required to keep the property maintained and repaired. They should also periodically inspect the property to be sure it is free of hazards.

In many cases, the property owner's insurance company will be quick to try to get you to settle your claim. The questions asked by the company's representatives are often designed to find a way to limit its liability. Ordinarily, any offer made to you would be for much less than you may receive if you pursue the matter with an attorney.

If you suffered serious injury or lost a loved one on someone else's property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim. It should be noted that evidence can disappear quickly, so contacting an attorney as soon as possible is essential. If an investigation reveals that a property owner and/or others are responsible for the property's condition, a claim may be filed. Any monetary judgment entered after negligence is established to a Florida court's satisfaction may be used to defray the financial losses associated with the accident.

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