When a business opens its doors to the public, it takes on a duty of care. It must keep its property in a reasonably safe condition for customers or guests. Failure to do so is negligence. If someone slips and falls outside the building due to negligence, the business might be responsible for that person’s damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you fall inside a business property, determining liability is fairly simple, but if you fall outside, it’s more complicated. To figure out who’s liable, you have to ask some questions:
Because Florida is a comparative negligence state, any or all of the above parties could be partially liable for your damages. If you’re found partially liable, any award you receive in court will be reduced according to your percentage of fault. The insurance company will try to use your partial fault to reduce its settlement offer to you. This means that figuring out whom to file claims against or sue, and for how much, requires the services of an experienced attorney.
An experienced premises liability lawyer can help you hold the liable parties responsible. Contact us online, start a chat, or call us at 594-755-7308 to schedule a free consultation. You pay no attorney fees until we win your case.