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Determining Negligence Of A Business/Property Owner

If you have been injured while visiting a commercial or business property, you may have a right to seek compensation through a civil claim if your injuries were caused by the property owner’s negligence. For example, if you are involved in a slip and fall accident in a Hollywood hotel because a property owner failed to clean up a spill, you may have a legal claim.

Each premises liability case in Hollywood and Florida is different, which is why the attorneys at Flaxman Law Group tackle each situation thoroughly and by focusing on the unique facets of the claim. If you would like personalized information about your potential claim, contact our law firm for a free case evaluation. Our law firm has law offices in Homestead, Hollywood, and Miami to serve you better.

The Duties a Property Owner Has to Visitors

Property owners have a duty of care to visitors to their property. The type of responsibilities a property owner has to the visitors of their business or home depends on the type of visitor:

  • Business clients and customers. Under law, customers, clients, and other lawful business visitors have the highest protection under the law. Business owners are expected to take precautions to ensure that obvious hazards are removed and that customers and clients of hotels, businesses, stores, restaurants, and other businesses enjoy a high level of safety.
  • Children. Children enjoy a special level of protection. It is assumed that children cannot make the same decisions as adults and therefore property owners need to take extra precautions to ensure that children on their property are safe, especially if there's anything on the property that may attract a child's attention. For example, a property owner who owns a pool, playground, pond, dog, or anything else that may attract the attention of a child is expected to take precautions to ensure that a child will not be injured if they happen to enter the property – whether invited or by trespassing.
  • Social Visitors. Social visitors – such as friends of visiting a private home – also enjoy protections under the law. Property owners are expected to warn visitors about any potential dangers and to keep their home relatively safe for these types of visitors.
  • Trespassers. Trespassers and those who enter a property unlawfully are owed the lowest duty of care. Nevertheless, property owners are expected not to do anything that could cause injury to trespassers.
How to Tell Whether the Property Owner is Liable

In some cases, it is obvious that there may be a premises liability case after an accident on a property. For example, if you visited restaurant in Hollywood and had a piece of tile fall on your head, causing brain injury, it is obvious that the property owner may have been negligent in ensuring that their ceiling was safe. In other cases, however, the cause of an accident or injury are far more subtle. In these cases, it is best to consult with a personal injury attorney to launch a thorough investigation and to get legal advice about the situation.

The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have more than sixty years of experience helping plaintiffs in South Florida secure compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income, and other damages. If you would like this level of expertise on your side when you seek legal advice and representation, contact Flaxman Law Group today for a free, no obligation case review.