For many aging Americans, Florida’s favorable climate, relatively reasonable cost of living and lack of a state income tax make it an ideal place to retire, but as the state’s older population increases, so, too, does the number of falls suffered by this demographic. The team at Dana J. Watts, Attorney at Law, recognizes that falls have become the number-one cause of fatal and nonfatal injury among seniors, and that many of these fall-related injuries and fatalities are preventable.
You certainly do not want anyone to be hurt in your home or on your property in Sarasota to be hurt, so you likely do all that is needed to protect whoever you invite to enter. Yet many have come to members of our team here at Dana J. Watts Attorney at Law questioning what liability they may have (if any) for injuries incurred by trespassers on their lands. The last thing that you want to have to deal with is a civil action launched by one who was never supposed to be on your land in the first place, so understanding the duty of care you owe to trespassers is vitally important.
Most business owners in Florida already know that a slip-and-fall may result in insurance claims and a potential lawsuit. While this is the most commonly known illustration of premises liability, there is more to keeping commercial property safe than just reducing falls.
Some people may seem more "accident-prone" than others, but when there are dangerous conditions on someone else's Florida property, you do not have to be uncoordinated to be susceptible to falling. The team at Dana J. Watts, Attorney at Law, often counsels clients about their options for compensation after an injury caused by someone else's negligence.
It may be commonly understood that if one enters another's property in Sarasota without permission, they assume the risks of whatever that property's features may pose. This standard of liability is based off the assumption that the trespassing individual should know and recognize the risks those features pose. Yet what if the trespasser is your young child? Are they expected to know (as an adult does) that something that seems attractive to them might also be dangerous?
If you have ever been to a retail storefront in Florida, you are probably more likely to want to frequent a well-maintained establishment. Customers are most likely going to feel much more comfortable in an environment that is free of hazards, clean and welcoming. At Dana J. Watts Attorney at Law, we have helped many people who have been the victims of injuries because of poorly maintained property.