SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY
PROPERTY OWNER’S LIABILITY / PREMISES LIABILITY
Dangerous Property Conditions
Unfortunately, some Tampa, Florida apartment and condominium complexes, commercial properties, or other developments with common areas do not spend the necessary money to maintain the premises. These landlords or property owners value profit over the well-being of tenants, guests, or customers. Oftentimes, light fixtures are never repaired, security guards are not where they need to be, and consequently, the area becomes a breeding ground for criminal activity.
Additionally, companies that do hire security guards, do not always follow through with appropriate staffing or training of the security guards. Security guards are sometimes negligently hired or negligently retained, and if not for the negligence of the company hiring or retaining those individuals, a person would not have been injured. We at Burnett Wilson Reeder have the experience to dig into the credentials of those security guards, to uncover the hiring and firing practices of a company, and to assist our clients in learning the whole truth behind why they or their loved ones were injured.
Just as with negligent security, there are many situations where properties are allowed by the landlords or property owners to fall into disrepair. This can result in areas that develop into a nesting ground for injuries. From improperly maintained stairwells to uneven walkways, all too often injuries occur because others simply do not want to spend money to make the common areas safe. If you or a loved one has been hurt due to the negligent maintenance of a common area, please contact us at Burnett Wilson Reeder.
There are some businesses and homeowners associations that hire cheap labor, often in the form of teenagers, to watch over and protect your children. These young “adults” are frequently unsophisticated in recognizing the constant dangers that surround them. Children drown in public pools every year because young lifeguards are improperly trained or improperly staffed to deal with large amounts of people in a particular area. Kids are often injured skating or playing in bounce houses or doing other “fun” activities because of negligent supervision of the staff that is supposed to be looking out for them.
While there are sometimes “releases” that are signed by the parents, these “releases” are not always enough to protect the business responsible for the injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered because of the negligence of another’s lack of supervision, please contact us at Burnett Wilson Reeder.
It is important to know that there are specific time limitations that apply to your claim. In order to speak to one of our trial attorneys, please fill out the information request form or call our office at 813.221.5000. Remember, there is no cost to you unless we recover your damages.
Slip and Fall
If you or a family member has been injured as the result of an accident on someone else’s property, you may have a claim against the property owner. Landowners have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition for their business invitees, guests, and sometimes even uninvited trespassers. Landowners also have a duty to warn of concealed perils on their property of which they are aware or should be aware. If a landowner fails to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition or fails to warn of a concealed peril on their property, and you or a family member is injured as a result of the unsafe condition, then the landowner may be responsible to pay for your injuries and damages.
Unfortunately, people are injured every day on property owned by someone else due to unsafe property conditions, including, but not limited to:
- slippery flooring conditions, including waxed floors,
- wet flooring conditions, including wet floors caused by leaking roofs or ceilings, recently mopped floors, or rain water being tracked into a building,
- unsafe or unexpected changes in floor elevation,
- dangerous inclines or drop-offs,
- dangerous stairs,
- dangerous ramps,
- tripping hazards,
- unsafe flooring transitions between different types of flooring (e.g., carpet to tile, carpet to linoleum or vinyl laminate flooring, tile to wood, carpet to wood),
- dangerous entry thresholds and doorway thresholds,
- unsafe floor coverings, including hazardous rugs and slick tiles,
- unexpected, foreign substances, liquids or objects left on the floor or ground for an unreasonable period of time,
- fruits or vegetables on the floor of the produce section of a grocery store or supermarket,
- leaking products or broken products in a grocery store or supermarket,
- dropped food or spilled beverages on the floor of a restaurant,
- dangerous, uncovered, open holes,
- falling objects,
- heavy boxes or products falling off shelves at a retail store,
- dangerous landscaping features,
- dangerous tree roots,
- dangerous rocks,
- trees, bushes, or other vegetation with dangerous overhanging limbs or branches,
- dangerous pools,
- dangerous ponds,
- dangerous standing water,
- dangerous sidewalks, including cracked sidewalks, broken sidewalks, uneven sidewalks, or sloping sidewalks,
- unsafe brick walkways with uneven, broken, or protruding bricks,
- hazardous parking bumpers,
- attractive nuisances (e.g., trampolines, pools, swings, slides, playsets, playgrounds, bounce houses, climbing walls),
- dangerous conditions created by blind spots or hidden hazards,
- poor lighting conditions or no lighting,
- dangerous activities being conducted on the property,
- dangerous conditions at amusement parks and carnivals, including unsafe rides, unsafe games, and other dangerous attractions,
- dangerous conditions at sporting events, stadiums, sporting arenas, or car race tracks, including errant baseballs, hockey pucks, and car tires, and
- dangerous property conditions in violation of building codes or construction codes.
Following an accident, some negligent property owners go to great lengths to avoid or deflect liability for their failure to maintain their property in a safe condition. However, most property owners are covered by liability insurance policies that specifically cover injuries to persons caused by dangerous property conditions. The types of damages that you may be entitled to recover include compensation for past medical bills, future medical treatment, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and companionship, and possibly punitive damages. One of our experienced trial attorneys will take the time to sit down with you to discuss your case and the potential remedies that may be available to you.
It is important to know that there are specific time limitations that apply to your claim and if you do not bring your claim soon enough, it may be lost and forever barred. In order to speak to one of our trial attorneys about your potential claim, please call our office at 813.221.5000. All initial consultations are free, and you owe no attorneys’ fees or costs unless there is a recovery in your premises liability case.
Trip and Fall
Similar to slip and falls, trip and fall injuries can occur due to the negligence of others. Oftentimes, pathways are not left clear, walkways are unrepaired, or cords and wires are left unsecured or taped to the floor. As with slip and fall injuries, if the landowner has failed to maintain his/her property in a reasonably safe condition and that failure has caused an injury, the owner can be held liable for damages. Please contact the attorneys at Burnett Wilson Reeder for a free consultation if you believe that you or a loved one has suffered a trip and fall injury due to the wrongdoing of another. Please call us for a FREE CONSULTATION at 813.221.5000.