Premises Liability Attorneys Serving Residents of the Miami Area
Virtually everyone goes shopping at retail store locations or other businesses. Whether it involves getting groceries, buying clothes, or taking care of errands, we place ourselves at risk each time that we enter a business location. Not all property owners must meet the same standards when it comes to keeping their premises safe. Under Florida law, however, each business has a duty to ensure that its property is reasonably safe and maintained, and it must warn customers about dangers. At the Acosta Law Firm, our team of dedicated premises liability lawyers has represented many people in Miami and the surrounding cities who have suffered injuries as a result of a property owner’s failure to adhere to this standard.
Pursuing Compensation from a Negligent Property Owner
The first step to recovering compensation in a premises liability case is to show that the defendant failed to meet the appropriate standard of care. In the context of a slip and fall, the duty of care generally requires the business owner to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition and to provide sufficient warnings to customers about any dangerous conditions. These include not only hazards of which the property owner actually knows but those that it would be expected to discover through a reasonable inspection.
The most common example of a slip and fall is when a shopper slips on produce that has spilled onto the floor in the supermarket. Since produce has a known tendency to fall from the display cases and shelves, supermarkets typically provide warnings to customers and assign employees to routinely check the floor area around the display areas and cases. Other common examples of slip and fall incidents involve dangerously icy walkways in front of stores or in doorways, broken handrails, and wet floor areas in and around restrooms.
After showing that the storeowner failed to meet the specific duty of care for a premises liability case, the injured individual must next prove that this breach was the cause of his or her harm. In other words, he or she would not have been hurt if the defendant had complied with its duty to keep its premises reasonably safe. To prove this element, the plaintiff may need testimony from an expert witness to explain how the accident occurred and how it could have been avoided if the defendant had exercised reasonable care. Finally, the plaintiff will be asked to provide evidence supporting the monetary damages that he or she is seeking in the lawsuit, possibly including medical bills, lost wages, lost of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Consult an Experienced Miami Lawyer for Your Injury Claim
If you or someone you love has suffered a slip and fall accident as the result of a storeowner’s negligence, you may have legal options to pursue. At the Acosta Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys can advise victims in the Miami area and beyond on asserting their right to compensation. We also serve individuals in Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach, Homestead, Kendall, Doral, Key Largo, and Key West, as well as other areas of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties. Call us at 305-858-8880 or contact us online to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.