Were you hurt on someone else’s property due to unsafe conditions? Under Florida law, negligent property owners can be held liable for the injuries guests sustain on their property. You may be entitled to lost earnings, medical bills, and pain related to your accident.
Catania & Catania, P.A. has been serving Tampa, FL, for over 28 years. We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our injured clients.
Contact our law firm for a free case review with a Tampa premises liability lawyer ready to help you.
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How Catania & Catania, P.A. Can Help with Your Premises Liability Case in Tampa
Premises liability cases are notoriously complex. It can be challenging to prove a property owner was negligent. You may also clash with an insurance company that claims you are exaggerating your injuries or are even responsible for them. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you fight back and build a strong case for the compensation you need.
Catania & Catania, P.A. is an award-winning law firm serving accident victims in Tampa, Florida. Our small law office gives your case the resources and personal attention it needs for big results. We have recovered more than $500 million on behalf of our clients to date!
You can count on our legal team to:
- Give you sound legal advice and support at every step of your case
- Gather and analyze evidence and work with top experts as needed
- Accurately value and pursue all your damages
- Negotiate with the insurance company for a fair-value settlement
- Present your case to a jury if the insurance company won’t play ball
Don’t fight the at-fault party or their insurance company alone. Catania & Catania, P.A. is ready to put our decades of experience and resources at your disposal. Call our law office for a free consultation so we can help you.
Overview of Premises Liability in Florida
Florida’s premises liability law holds property owners liable for injuries others suffer on their property due to unsafe or dangerous conditions. However, owners are not liable for all injuries – only those that result from the property owner’s negligence.
Premises liability claims can be the result of negligence in property maintenance, repair, or security. This area of law also holds dog owners liable for dog bites others suffer on their property.
What is My Tampa Premises Liability Case Worth?
All premises liability cases are unique.
The only way to estimate how much your case is worth is by carefully analyzing the unique factors involved, such as:
- The severity of your injuries
- How your injuries will impact your future medical needs, quality of life, ability to work, and well-being
- The strength of your evidence and negligence case
- Available insurance coverage
- Whether you contributed to your accident or failed to mitigate your damages
Our Tampa premises liability lawyers can help you understand what your case may be worth during a free case review. Contact us today to discuss your claim.
What Compensation Can I Recover in a Premises Liability Case in Tampa, FL?
If your case is successful, you are entitled to recover financial damages for your economic and non-economic losses.
This may include compensation for:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Lost earnings
- Reduced earning capacity
- Personal losses, including your pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and scarring or disfigurement
Catania & Catania, P.A. will carefully build a case that documents the full extent of your damages, including future losses you will suffer. Then, we will help you pursue the full compensation you deserve for your accident.
Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for My Accident?
It’s not uncommon for insurance companies or property owners to blame guests for their injuries. They may claim you were distracted before your slip and fall or failed to mitigate your damages after a dog bite.
You can still recover damages if you are partially to blame for your accident. However, Florida’s comparative fault rules will reduce your damages to account for your share of fault. For example, if you have $100,000 in damages but are 20% responsible for your injuries, you can only recover $80,000 (80%).
We Represent Clients in All Types of Florida Premises Liability Cases
At Catania & Catania, P.A., we represent accident victims in all types of premises liability cases, including:
- Negligent security cases involving third-party crimes
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents on commercial and residential properties
- Inadequate maintenance
- Defective or unsafe conditions
- Inadequate lighting
Premises liability cases can happen anywhere. You may slip and fall while shopping. You might fall down the stairs of a defective stairway. Or you may be hurt in your own home because your landlord failed to provide adequate security for your apartment building.
Whatever the circumstances, our law office is committed to giving you the best legal representation possible. Contact us today to discuss your case and explore your legal options.
How Do I Prove Premises Liability in Tampa, Florida?
Proving a premises liability case in Florida requires showing the property owner was negligent.
Your case must prove:
- The property owner or manager owed you a duty of care
- You were hurt on the property by unsafe or dangerous conditions
- The property owner knew about or should have known about these defects or hazard
- The property owner failed to fix the hazard or warn you of the danger.
- You suffered damages due to your injuries
Proving premises liability claims require extensive investigation and evidence. Your personal injury lawyer will work to build evidence about the nature of the hazard, how your accident occurred, and whether the owner knew or should have known it existed.
Evidence to support your case may include:
- Previous injury claims or accidents on the property
- The type of business and crime in the area
- Witness statements
- Evidence the hazard existed long enough that the property owner should have discovered it
- Evidence the owner was notified about the defect
- Inspection and maintenance reports
- Expert testimony regarding the danger of the hazard and reasonable ways it could have been made safer
It’s important to understand that Florida law has several classifications of visitors on property. The duty a property owner owes depends on your classification.
Visitor Classifications & Duty of Care
Property owners owe guests a duty of care to protect them from hazards on their property.
The property owner’s duty depends on why you were on the property:
Business invitees are on the property for a business purpose with the invitation or permission of the owner. This includes business customers and technicians performing repairs.
Business invitees are owed the highest duty of care under Florida premises liability law. Property owners are required to inspect their property for unsafe conditions regularly. They must fix hazards or provide sufficient warning.
Licensees are on the property for a social, non-business purpose with the permission or invitation of the property owner. Examples of licensees include friends, family members, and other social guests.
Licensees are owed a lower duty of care. Property owners have a duty to licensees to fix or warn about hazards they know about.
Trespassers are typically owed no duty. However, owners can’t create intentional hazards to hurt trespassers. They only need to warn trespassers of dangers if they are constructively aware of a trespasser on their property.
How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in Florida?
The Florida statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is four years. There are few exceptions to this legal deadline. If your lawsuit is not filed before the deadline passes, your case will be dismissed, and you will not be entitled to recover anything.
If you suffered a slip and fall or another injury on public property and you have a claim against a government entity, you have an even shorter deadline to file your claim.
Time is of the essence. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes to find and preserve evidence and build your case.
Contact the Tampa premises liability attorneys at Catania & Catania, P.A. today for a free consultation to begin building your case.
Contact a Tampa Premises Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation
At Catania & Catania, P.A., we believe negligent property owners should be held accountable when someone is hurt. You should not suffer financial uncertainty due to someone else’s negligence, and you should not be mistreated by an insurance company.
Contact our law firm for a free consultation with a Tampa premises liability lawyer prepared to fight for you.