Gainesville Premises Liability Attorneys
Property owners everywhere must keep their buildings and land safe for authorized visitors. If someone suffers injuries while on the premises, they could file a claim or lawsuit to recover damages. Sounds simple, right? Not always.
For many, this is just the beginning of a long and arduous process––which is why you should consider partnering with Meldon Law. A Gainesville premises liability lawyer from our firm can hold the liable party accountable for your medical bills and other related costs. Let us take on your legal burdens while you focus on rebuilding your life.
Dial (352) 373-8000 to begin your complimentary case review.
How Can a Gainesville Premises Liability Attorney From Meldon Law Help Me?
Premises liability accidents can leave you feeling defeated, stressed, and confused about your next steps. Yet, when you partner with Meldon Law, you can put your uncertainty aside. We handle every aspect of the claims process, from investigating your accident to fighting for you in court.
You can trust our personal injury team to:
Investigate the Circumstances of Your Accident and Injuries
A vital part of your case requires proving that the property owner was at fault for your injuries. This requires us to investigate your accident, which involves:
- Speaking to witnesses
- Collecting all relevant documentation
- Requesting a copy of the accident report
- Obtaining security camera footage (if available)
- Consulting with your healthcare team about your condition
- Researching any previous complaints against the property owner
Evaluate Your Losses
Compensation shouldn’t just account for the losses you’re experiencing right now. It should account for each way the accident has affected your life, both now and in the future. We consult with economists, experts in your employment field, and other professionals to learn what constitutes a fair settlement value.
Financial recovery in your case could include:
- Healthcare expenses: This includes coverage for hospital costs, doctors’ visits, surgeries, and prescription medicines, 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: Suffering a serious injury could affect your working ability. As such, compensation could account for your lost tips, bonuses, income, and other revenue streams.
- Loss of future earning capacity. A disabling condition may affect how much money you can make. Your settlement should reflect any long-term harm to your earning power.
- Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering offers compensation for the physical pain and emotional trauma you endured. Florida is one of many states that does not cap how much you can seek for this expense.
- Anything you spent out of pocket. Suffering injuries on another party’s property may have compelled you to spend your own money, such as on childcare costs or temporary transportation arrangements. We use your proof-of-purchase statements and receipts to verify these expenses.
These are just some of the damages you could pursue from the negligent party. Our team bases your case’s value on many aspects of your situation, including the severity of your condition and your estimated recovery period. We’ve secured millions for injured claimants, and now, we hope to bring a positive resolution to your case.
Prove the Other Party’s Negligence
To pursue compensation, we must establish that the other party acted negligently, and this is what caused your accident. Using evidence, we intend to establish:
- 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, they did not take any reasonable actions to mitigate these risks.
- Your injuries resulted from the property owner’s negligence.
- Your injuries caused damages (medical expenses and other personal costs).
Does this sound confusing? Don’t worry––you don’t have to learn the law to pursue compensation. Instead, you can partner with our lawyers in Gainesville. We’re confident that with our commitment and skillset, we can recover the damages you deserve.
Deal With the Insurance Company
You may think that the liable insurance company wants to resolve your case fairly. Yet, many insurers prioritize making money above all else. Without a lawyer, the claims adjuster could pressure you into accepting a low settlement or even blame you for what happened. They may even try to convince you to drop the case, swallow your pride, and move on.
Meldon Law is on your side. When we come to the negotiating table, we bring all the evidence necessary to substantiate your claim and compel a fair offer. With our advocacy, you don’t have to answer a single phone call from the insurer. Instead, refer its representatives to us.
Litigate Your Case
We don’t buckle under pressure when we walk into the courtroom. After more than 50 years of advocating for people in Alachua County, Gainesville’s courtrooms are like our home away from home. When we bring your case before a judge and jury, we’re confident in its ability to succeed.
While most premises liability cases don’t require lawsuits, if yours does, you can rest assured that we’ll streamline the process as much as possible. We aim to alleviate as much of your pressure and anxiety as possible, so you can put this challenging time behind you.
Our Case Results Speak to Our Gainesville Lawyers’ Commitment
When we look back on our previous successes, we don’t see dollar signs; we’re reminded of the time, energy, and effort we put into making those cases successful. In one case we handled, we were approached by the grieving family of a scuba diver who passed away. Her instructor abandoned her at the mouth of an underwater cave, and she drowned.
Given the tragic nature of this case, we handled it as though it involved one of our own family members. In the end, we secured $275,000 for the grieving family’s losses, accounting for their loved one’s funeral, burial, and end-of-life costs. When we take a case, we intend to win it. You can learn more about the outcomes of other premises liability cases when you call us.
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 suffered on their property. Often these incidents are 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 properly and injuries result from unsafe conditions, the owner is generally liable.
Meldon Law handles personal injury cases arising from:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent security incidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Toxic chemicals or substance exposure
- Defective sidewalks
- Dog bites
You may not see your specific situation described above—and that’s okay. If you suffered injuries while on another party’s property, our lawyers in Gainesville want to hear from you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Premises Liability Cases in Gainesville
It’s understandable to have many questions in the aftermath of an incident on another party’s property. We hope to answer all of your inquiries, so you can make informed decisions moving forward.
Of course, if you ever have questions about your specific situation, we encourage you to call us. Remember: it costs you nothing to speak with us about your case, and there is no obligation to sign with us, either.
What Should I Do After an Accident on Another Party’s Property?
Taking these steps immediately after the incident can protect your right to compensation:
- Seek medical attention: Even if you think your injury is not severe, you should seek medical care. The sooner you seek treatment, the less likely you are to have severe complications. Furthermore, getting your injuries on record after your accident can help support your claim later on.
- Take photos of the accident scene and your injuries. If possible, take as many pictures or videos of the accident scene as you can. Take photos of everything you can think of, including your injuries and the hazard that caused them.
- Get witnesses’ information: If anyone saw your accident happen, get their name and phone number. Your lawyer can use their testimony during negotiations to assert the severity of your accident and injuries.
- Consider your legal options. You don’t have to navigate this process alone. With a lawyer’s help, you could get more time to spend with your loved ones and focus on your condition. In the meantime, we manage your legal matters and everything they entail.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
The state’s statute of limitations outlines how long you have to file a lawsuit after an injury on another party’s property. HB 837 notes that you generally have two years to file your lawsuit. Again, most cases don’t go to court. However, you should do everything in your power to ensure the best possible chance of recovering damages––and that includes promptly considering your options.
If the statute of limitations expires, and you haven’t filed your case, you could lose the right to seek damages. Our team can manage your case’s filing deadline, along with any other time-sensitive factors.
What Injuries Allow Me to Pursue a Premises Liability Case?
Don’t assume that your injuries don’t deserve compensation. If you required medical care after suffering an injury on another party’s property, we want to hear your story. Since 1971, we’ve advocated for injured claimants after suffering:
- Head injuries, such as skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
Call Meldon Law’s Gainesville Premises Liability Attorneys Today
Did you fall on another party’s property? Or did negligent security measures lead to an assault? In either situation, you have legal options. Our lawyers can hold the property owner financially accountable for your losses and seek a satisfactory settlement. To learn more about partnering with our firm, dial (352) 373-8000.