Gainesville Premises Liability Attorneys
Even though specific state laws differ a bit here and there, the bottom line is that property owners everywhere must keep their buildings and their land safe for their invited and authorized visitors. But not all property owners maintain their premises and, unfortunately, accidents result from this neglect, sometimes causing devastating injuries.
The Gainesville premises liability attorneys at Meldon Law understand that these injuries can take a significant toll on not only a victim’s health but their finances and their family’s well-being, as well. If you have been the victim of premises liability injury in Gainesville, we want to help you pursue the damages you deserve.
What Is a Premises Liability Accident in Gainesville?
Premises liability, a subset of personal injury law, allows an individual to hold a property owner responsible for injuries caused by a defective or a dangerous condition on their property. Under Florida law, business managers, property owners, or others who are in control of a property have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe. If they do not maintain their property and injuries result from unsafe conditions, the owner is responsible for the damages.
Some common premises liability claims include:
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Negligent security claims;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Fires on the property resulting from an existing dangerous condition;
- Toxic chemicals on the property with inadequate safeguarding;
- Assault in a poorly lit parking lot; and
- Defective sidewalks.
Actions You Need to Take
If you have been involved in a premises’ liability accident in Gainesville, taking action after the incident can help protect your ability to seek compensation.
- Medical attention: Even if you think your injury is not severe, you need to seek medical care. The sooner you seek treatment, the less likely you are to have severe complications. And getting your injuries on record after your accident can help support your claim later on.
- Photographs / videos: After the accident, take as many pictures or videos of the scene as you can. Take photos of everything you can think of, including your injuries and the hazard that caused them. Make sure the photos are time-stamped so that they are credible evidence later on.
- Witnesses: If anyone saw your accident happen, get their name and phone number. The best way to prove your claim is to have a first-hand account of the details and the facts.
- Property owner: Let the property owner know about your injury, and if there is an option to file an incident report, make sure you do so.
What Do You Need to Prove a Premises Liability Claim?
Premises liability accidents are complex and require quite a bit of evidence to prove the property owner is liable for your injuries.
For the strongest premises liability claim, you will need to prove the following:
- The property owner leased, owned, occupied, or had control over the property.
- The property owner owed you a duty of care.
- The property owner knew or had a reasonable time to find out about the dangers on their property, yet did not take any reasonable actions to attend to the risks.
- Your injuries were a result of the property owners’ negligence.
- Your injuries resulted in your damages (medical expenses and other personal costs).
Common Premises Liability Accident Injuries
Each premises liability accident is unique, but the injuries that result are often severe and can significantly impact the victim’s financial well-being.
Common injuries include:
- Head and neck injuries;
- Brain injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Severe burns;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Electric shocks.
Compensation for Victims of Falls and Dog Bites
A serious injury, such as a slip and fall or a dog bite, can be extremely painful and can result in a long recovery. Some accidents are caused by our own carelessness, but when an injury occurs because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages. As personal injury attorneys, we will review the evidence to determine if negligence was involved.
Slip and fall cases are difficult to prove under Florida law and need to be investigated immediately. Dog bite cases need to be researched to see if there is any insurance to compensate you. Do not talk to the insurance adjuster until you contact an attorney to see if you have a case. There is no charge for us to evaluate what compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us to request a free consultation for your injury.
Injured victims of Slip and Falls and Bites or other Serious Injuries can be compensated for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Any disfigurement or scaring cause by a bite
- Any psychological trauma caused by an attack
Recovering From Fall Injuries & Animal Attacks
In the 40+ years since I began my legal practice in Gainesville, my associates and I have represented enough victims of falls and animal attacks to know that there is nothing “minor” about their injuries. A serious fall or dog bite can damage a limb, face, spine or brain just as easily as a car accident, and the repercussions of these injuries can change a life in drastic and permanent ways. Victims can find themselves unable to return to work or provide for their families. Many of them will face the extreme financial hardship of medical bills, the costs of rehabilitative therapy, disfigurement, or of long term medical care. And the extreme tragedy of all of this is that the vast majority of slip-and-fall cases (which fall under the category of “Premises Liability”) and dog bites could have easily been prevented if there had been proper inspections and maintenance performed, or if someone had taken simple precautions.
Remember, accidents don’t just happen, accidents are caused. If you have or a loved one has been injured in a fall or dog bite contact Meldon Law for a free legal consultation today.
What Damages Can You Recover?
Once your Gainesville premises’ liability attorney has evidence of the extent of your injuries and damages, they can manage your claim while going after the following compensation:
- Medical expenses: This includes past medical bills such as hospital costs, doctor’s visits, surgeries, and prescription medicine, as well as future treatment costs.
- Medical devices: This includes any rehabilitative therapy, as well as at-home care or medical devices, such as wheelchairs.
- Lost wages: This includes past lost wages, as well as future lost wages.
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress.
- Punitive damages: In some cases, the property owner’s negligence is so problematic that it constitutes gross negligence. In these cases, a victim can go after punitive damages, which are damages used to punish the defendant for their terrible and intentional behavior and deter them and others from committing the same acts again.
How Can a Gainesville Premises Liability Attorney Help Me?
Premises liability accidents can leave you feeling defeated, stressed, and confused about what you need to do to get the help you need. Often these accidents result in extensive medical bills and lost wages due to missing work while you are recovering. That is why it is so vital that you talk to an experienced Gainesville premise liability attorney as soon as possible.
Our experienced Gainesville premises liability attorneys can not only analyze the facts of your case but handle your claim from beginning to end. If you hire us, we can:
- Research and investigate. A vital part of a premises liability accident is proving that the property owner was at fault for your injuries. Your Gainesville premises liability attorney can take care of the whole investigation process, collecting evidence and documentation of the other party’s liability and all the damages you suffered.
- Deal with the insurance company and other side. You may think that the insurance company and the defendant want to work with you and ensure the process is fair and your needs are met. But, sadly, this is not usually the case. The main goal of an insurance company is to make money, and by paying you as little as they can, they accomplish this objective. Frequently, the insurance company or the defendant’s attorneys will blame the victim for the accident to try to reduce the amount of compensation they pay out. Having a Gainesville premises liability attorney on your side can help you avoid having to deal with these stressful communications, while the attorney pursues a settlement that is in your best interests.
Call Meldon Law’s Gainesville Premises Liability Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a premises liability accident in Gainesville, do not wait any longer. Call our offices at (352) 373-8000 to speak with an attorney today or contact Meldon Law to fight for the compensation you deserve.