Tampa Area Premise Liability

If you have been hurt on someone’s property, what can you do? These injuries are called premise liability. You may have the right to sue the homeowner for compensation of your injuries. This blog deals with homeowner liability, not business liability.

What Injuries Constitute

Tampa Area Premise


Premise liability injuries are fairly broad. However, they fall into several categories. The most common one is probably slip and fall.Slip and fall causes include:

  • accumulation of ice or snow
  • wet or oily floors, including from water leaks or flooding
  • hidden extension cords
  • unsecured rugs or carpets or thresholds,
  • loose or broken floors, sidewalks, steps, or stairs
  • inadequate maintenance of the premises
  • defective conditions on the premises

Other premise liabilities include:

  • dog bites
  • swimming pool/hot tub accidents
  • elevator and escalator accidents (more common in apartment buildings)
  • fires
  • exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals
  • inadequate building security that leads to injury or assault

If you have suffered a premise injury, you should seriously contact a personal injury lawyer like Brian Hoag. You have the right to compensation for your pain and suffering as well as medical bills.

Types of Visitors and Tampa Area Premise Liability

Florida law recognizes three types of visitors and the homeowner has different liability for each one.

The property owner invites Invitees to enter the property. Generally, invitees are friends, relatives, and neighbors. A business invitee is on the property in connection with business dealing with the land owner. The landowner has a duty of reasonable care to keep the property reasonably safe. Invitees have the most legal protection in Florida.

Licensees have permission to enter the property but are there for their own, purposes. These are generally salespersons. Under Florida law, the landowner must warn the licensee about dangerous conditions.

Trespassers are not supposed to be on the property at all. In general, landowners have no duty to protect trespassers, unless that person is a child. The Florida Attractive Nuisance Doctrine places liability on landowners if there is something on the land that might attract a child’s curiosity. These include swimming pools, hot tubs, and old appliances.

If you have been injured on private property, you should strongly consider contacting a personal injury attorney. You have rights and contacting a personal injury attorney will protect those rights.

About Brian Hoag

Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Tampa personal injury lawyer that specializes in premise liability, but if you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call at or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.

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