If someone slips over a foreign substance in a hotel lobby, the injured person would probably call it a slip-and-fall accident. An attorney would call it a premises liability case.
What is Premises Liability in Florida
Under Florida law, property owners have a responsibility to make sure that guests and customers are protected from dangers they know about or should know about. If you are injured because a property owner failed to take reasonable steps to protect you, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Florida Property Owners Level of Care
If you are a property owner in Florida the state will hold you to different levels of care depending on the type of guest you have.
- Public and Business Invitees: An invitee is any person who may be invited onto a premises for business reasons. Examples of this would be a customer visiting a restaurant or a tourist visiting a theme park. In this situation a property owner has a duty to the invitee to not only repair any known dangers but also for any unknown dangers.
- Licensee By Invitation: Anyone invited on your property for social reasons is considered a licensee. The level of care that is expected of a property owner is much less for a licensee than an invitee. While the property owner is expected to provide reasonable care from hazards for their guest the owner does not have to inspect for unknown hazards.
- Trespasser: A trespasser is a person who has entered property with the consent of the owner. The obligation of care from a property owner to a trespasser is very limited however a property owner can not purposely set up a hazardous are to distract trespassers.
Contact an Orlando premise Liability Attorney
To schedule a free initial consultation with an Orlando personal injury attorney at the Umansky Law Firm, contact us through this website or call (407) 228-3838.
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