Clermont Premises Liability Attorneys
Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for the safety of customers, guests, delivery persons and others who have been invited onto their property or are there for a legitimate business purpose. The Clermont premises liability attorneys at Scoma Law Firm help people who have been injured on negligently-maintained property recover compensation for the harm done to them by property owners who failed to fix hazardous conditions or warn about the danger.
Our Clermont attorneys help people injured in all types of premises liability cases, including slip and fall, dog bites, and negligent security.
Slip and Fall
A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can cause serious injury, including broken hips, wrists or ankles, facial lacerations, and head, back or neck injuries. A slip and fall can happen if food or drink is spilled on the floor – such as in a grocery store or restaurant – and is not cleaned up in a reasonable time. Additionally, cracked or broken sidewalks, torn carpeting and unmarked steps, malfunctioning elevators and escalators, and objects falling from shelves or obstructing aisles can all cause serious injuries in department stores and other premises. Slip and fall cases are often difficult cases to win, because it can be challenging to prove that the property owner knew or should have known that a dangerous condition existed but failed to fix it in a reasonable time before the accident happened. At Scoma Law Firm, we understand how to properly investigate such an accident and hire the necessary experts to build a strong case that demonstrates the property owner’s liability.
In Florida, dog owners are held strictly liable when their animal attacks or bites a person on public property, or while the victim was lawfully on the owner’s private property. The injured party does not have to prove that the owner was negligent in the way the dog was kept or handled, and it doesn’t matter if the owner had any prior knowledge that the dog was aggressive or potentially dangerous. However, if the owner can prove that the victim was somehow negligent in causing the attack, then the amount of any recovery can be reduced in proportion to the victim’s own comparative negligence. Dog owners can also escape liability if they had a “bad dog” signed posted prominently in their yard and were not otherwise negligent, but this exception does not apply when the victim is under six years old.
Dog bites can be especially painful and traumatic, often involving facial scarring, nerve damage and psychological harm. A dog’s powerful jaws can crush bones, and fatal attacks are far from unheard of, particularly when the victim is a small child. When these tragic events occur, whether causing serious personal injury or wrongful death, the attorneys at Scoma Law Firm can help victims and their families hold the dog owner accountable and recover needed compensation to deal with medical expenses and related costs.
Business owners and apartment managers also generally have a duty to provide adequate security for the safety of their customers or residents. Areas such as parking garages and stairwells should be properly lit and maintained to discourage assaults or other criminal activity. Depending upon the area, security cameras, gates or keyed entries may also be reasonable security measures. If an attack does occur, the property owner may be liable if unreasonable security failings led to the assault. Nightclubs or other businesses which employ bouncers or security personnel should ensure that they are not negligent in the hiring or supervision of these employees, and they may be liable if their employees go overboard and assault a patron.
Help is Available from Experienced Clermont Premises Liability Attorneys
If you have been injured because of a dangerous condition that existed on another’s personal, business or public property, contact the Clermont slip & fall attorneys at Scoma Law Firm for a free consultation on your potential claims.