In Florida, property owners owe all visitors a “duty of care.” This duty of care is owed toward people who enter the property regardless of whether they are an invitee or a licensee. An invitee is a person invited onto the property for business or commercial reasons. A licensee is a person that was on the property for non-business or non-commercial reasons, such as social gatherings. There are also circumstances in which a property owner may owe a duty of care to a person trespassing on their property. If you have been injured on someone’s property, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about premises liability laws in Florida.
I Was Injured on Someone’s Property- What do I do?
If you were injured on the property of another individual or an establishment, it is important to take the following steps:
- Document the scene- Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Call 911- The police will send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more.
- Ask witnesses for their contact info- If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. This can play an important role in a personal injury case.
- Seek medical attention- Go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after your accident occurs. It is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, your injuries may not heal correctly without the help of a doctor. Lastly, going to the hospital will provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney- An attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence.
- File your claim on time- In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally four years from the date of the accident. This may sound like a long time, but it is important to take action as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, contact our firm today.
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Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.