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Gainesville Premises Liability Lawyer

premises liability attorneyWhen you’re injured on someone else’s property, you could face months or years of recovery and piles of bills. Dog bites, injuries due to negligent security, elevator accidents, and many other incidents can leave you injured and out of work. If you’ve suffered an injury on someone else’s property and it wasn’t your fault, talk with our premises liability lawyers about your legal options for compensation.

A premises liability lawyer can help you stand up for your rights, and help you find the compensation you deserve after an accident.

At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our experienced Florida premises liability lawyers are available to help you. With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers know what it takes to fight for the justice and compensation that you need.

Based in Gainesville, we are available to help with premises liability claims in Alachua County or anywhere else in Florida. When it’s time to pursue a claim for your recovery, call us or use our online contact form for a free initial consultation.

What You Have to Prove in a Florida Premises Liability Claim

Every premises liability claim has unique challenges and unique questions. That said, as part of a premises liability claim, you’ll generally need to prove the following:

  • Your relationship with the responsible party.

    In a premises liability claim, the relationship between you and the responsible party is crucial. If you were a guest or otherwise invited on to someone’s property, the person who invited you generally owes you a duty to protect you. However, if you were trespassing on the property, then the property owner may not owe you any duty of safety or protection. At the start of your claim, your lawyer can determine what your relationship was with the responsible party.

  • The responsible party owed you a duty.

    After you’ve established your relationship with the responsible party, a lawyer can advise you on what duties the property owner owed you. For example, a store owner owes their customers a duty to keep them safe. This means that the building must be free of dangerous hazards, that there must be adequate security, and that foreseeable sources of injury must be dealt with.

  • They breached their duty.

    A property owner breaches their duty when they fail to keep you reasonably safe. For example, if the floor in a department store is slippery due to water from a broken pipe, the owner or manager of the property must promptly take steps to correct the problem and warn guests. If the hazard remains in place, and the property owner doesn’t warn you about the situation, they may be breaching their duties to you.

  • Their breach caused your injuries.

    As part of your claim, you’ll need to show a connection between the property owner’s breach of duty and your injuries. Medical records, witness testimony, video recordings and other evidence may be used to show this connection. In Florida, it’s important to show that the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. If you were partially responsible for your injuries, then your claim may be reduced.

  • Your injuries caused you harm.

    Not every accident results in injury or harm. As part of your claim, you’ll need to prove just how your injuries have impacted your life. Medical records, medical bills, records of lost wages, and many other documents may be used to show how your injuries have harmed you.

Why You Need a Premises Liability Lawyer 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.

These are only a few of the ways that an attorney can help you with your claim. If you’ve suffered an injury on someone else’s property, speak with an attorney about what happened. An attorney Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. can review your claim and advise you on options for moving forward.

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:

  • Medical bills and future treatment costs. 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.
  • Time out of work and damage to your earning potential. 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 and suffering. 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.
  • Property that was damaged or destroyed in an accident. 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.
  • Punitive damages may be available in some cases. 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:

  • Negligent security. 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.
  • Dog bites. 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. 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.
  • Elevator accidents. 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.
  • Landlord liability. 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 park accidents. 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 code violations. 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.

When Life Changes, Our Premises Liability Lawyers Are There for You

At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our premises liability attorney have years of experience helping those injured on others’ property. We know what you’re going through, and we understand the unique challenges of getting the compensation you deserve. We’ll work with investigators, authorities, and insurers to build a claim for the compensation that you need.

We’re proud to help injury victims throughout Gainesville, Alachua County, and the entire state of Florida.

If you’ve been injured and you have questions, we offer a free initial consultation about your case. Get the help you need by calling us or using our online contact form today.

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