Why You Need a Premises Liability Attorney in Gainesville
After you’re injured on someone else’s property, you may be facing a long recovery, high medical bills, and the inability to work or enjoy life as you once did. While a successful premises liability claim can provide resources to help with these and other issues, making a claim may seem like too much to deal with. The good news is you don’t have to do it on your own. A premises liability claim requires investigation, negotiation, and careful preparation. An attorney can handle all of these and more, advocating for you while you heal.
As part of their investigation, they can assemble a strong record of evidence that will support your claim for compensation. They can gather everything your case needs, secure evidence that supports your claim, and work to craft a persuasive claim that lays out the strongest case possible.
Even with a strong case, insurers and others will try to escape their responsibility. They’ll work hard to avoid paying you what you deserve. They may attack your evidence, or they may use the law in an attempt to avoid responsibility. Even if they are willing to settle, they may try to give you a low offer that doesn’t cover what you need. An experienced premises liability attorney knows how to evaluate your case, build your claim, and fight for the maximum amount of compensation in any negotiations.
Perhaps the other side refuses to take responsibility, or perhaps they think they can fight your claim and win. At a time like this, it’s essential to have an experienced attorney on your side. Your attorney can prepare any court filings, present evidence, and advocate for you in any legal proceedings that your case needs.
How Long Do You Have to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in Florida?
In Florida, premises liability victims have four years to file suit. If someone you love passed away due to an accident on someone else’s property, then an executor or representative of the deceased’s estate may file a suit for wrongful death. In those cases, you’ll need to file a wrongful death claim within two years of the date of death.
It’s best to start your claim as soon as you can after you’re injured on another’s property. Florida strictly enforces these time limits with only a few very narrow exceptions. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to bring a claim. You should also know that the longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to find the evidence that your case needs. Premises liability claims are built on documents and key details such as witness testimony. If you wait, witnesses and evidence may disappear.
After an injury on someone else’s property, contact the attorneys at Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. Our experienced premises liability attorneys know what a claim needs, and when they’re involved, they’ll work quickly to secure your rights and your claim.
Compensation in a Florida Premises Liability Claim
In Florida, there may be many different types of compensation available to you when you’re injured. A premises liability claim may include compensation for your:
After an injury, you may be shocked at the bills you receive. Accidents can lead to serious injuries that require expensive care, and bills can run into the thousands of dollars or more. Even after you go home, you may face more medical bills if your injuries require physical therapy and treatment in the future. A premises liability claim may include the cost of any medical treatment you received for your injuries and the cost of any future treatment that your injuries may need.
After a serious injury, you may be out of work for days, weeks, months, or years. A premises liability claim can compensate you for the income and wages that you lost due to an accident. In Florida, a claim may also compensate you for the damage your injuries do to your career. Lost earning potential, lost opportunities, and other lost future earnings may be included with your claim.
Pain can prevent you from doing the things you love, disrupt your sleep, and disrupt your life. After an injury, you may be entitled to compensation for the physical and mental pain that you suffer as a result.
During an accident, your clothing, your jewelry, your cell phone, and other valuable items may be ruined. A claim may include the cost of any property that you lost during an accident.
When the responsible party’s conduct is willful or reckless, a court may order extra damages in your case. Punitive damages are a unique type of damages available in exceptional cases. Your lawyer can advise you on whether they may be available in your case.
Common Types of Premises Liability Claims We Handle
At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our experienced premises liability attorneys can handle nearly any type of premises liability claim. Some of the common types of claims we handle include:
Business owners and property managers are required to keep their guests safe. That means that they need to provide adequate security for those on their property. When they don’t, people can end up getting hurt. Our firm has extensive experience successfully handling these types of complex claims. We represented the victims’ families in the high-profile Danny Rolling serial homicide case, famously known as the Gainesville Ripper.
In Florida, dog owners are responsible for the harm their dogs cause. Dog bites can lead to infections, disfigurement, and many other serious injuries. If you were bitten by someone else’s dog, you may be entitled to compensation.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in head injuries, broken bones, and many other injuries that cause lasting pain. Many slip-and-fall accidents are preventable. When a property owner fails to maintain their floors, correct problems, or provide the lighting you need, you may end up hurt.
Elevators are powerful machines that can easily harm you. The doors may close unexpectedly, leading to serious injury; the elevator may unexpectedly stop moving, throwing you off balance; or the elevator may not stop at the right point, causing a tripping hazard when you enter or exit.
Landlords may be held liable when they fail to maintain their property. Those who lease the property and their guests may be able to recover compensation when they’re injured due to a landlord’s negligence.
Amusement parks can be a lot of fun, but thrill rides can be dangerous. Poor design, faults in construction, or insufficient maintenance can lead to extremely dangerous conditions.
Safety codes exist to keep people safe. When buildings don’t meet safety codes, they may be putting your health and your life on the line.