$6 Million Verdict against Ford Aerostar

In 2007, Deborah J. Gander obtained a $6 million verdict against Ford in a personal injury case arising out of injuries received when the roof of a Ford Aerostar 15 passenger van failed in an accident.

Florida Premises Liability Lawyers Represent People Harmed on Business Property

Premises liability is the legal concept where the owner of a property is ultimately responsible for any injuries suffered by people on those premises due to negligence. Although residential homeowners are liable for their properties, business owners have an even higher standard of care owed to their customers. This is because a business specifically invites people onto its property for its own monetary benefit.

Colson Hicks Eidson has enjoyed tremendous success representing a wide range of clients, and our personal injury lawyers have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts over the decades. Because we are located in South Florida, a popular tourist destination, we have significant experience regarding Florida premises liability cases involving hotels and resorts as well as cruise ship accidents. We also have the resources and experience needed to successfully handle premises liability injury claims nationwide.

Do I Have a Premises Liability Case?

Premises liability will arise when a person is injured on another’s property due to negligence. The following scenarios are some common types of premises liability cases, although this list is not exhaustive:

  • Slip and fall accidents due to a hazardous condition on the floor:
    • Spills on the floor
    • Debris or merchandise blocking the aisles
    • Unmarked wet floors from cleaning
    • Lack of handrails or guardrails
    • Uneven flooring
  • Injury or assault due to negligent security:
    • Failure to provide adequate security personnel
    • Lack of sufficient lighting
    • Lack of locks on doors or windows
  • Harm from a defect on the property:
    • Cracks in the sidewalk for which the owner is responsible
    • Faulty electrical work resulting in electrocution
    • Furniture collapse in hotels or on cruise ships
  • Drowning or other harm at a swimming pool:
    • Failure to fence the pool in accordance with the law
    • Lack of lifeguards and supervision
    • Lack of pool maintenance causing injury

Most Common Injuries In Premises Liability Cases

Unsafe conditions on a property can lead to significant injuries for guests, visitors, and workers. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our Florida premises liability lawyers are available to help clients who have sustained the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Other severe neck or back injury
  • Broken bones
  • Severe burn injuries
  • Electrical shock injuries
  • Lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
  • Illnesses caused by ingesting harmful food or beverages
  • Drowning or near-drowning injuries

This is not an exhaustive list of the types of injuries that can occur when a property owner or their employees are negligent. If you have any questions about your particular case, please contact one of our lawyers as soon as possible.

Proving Negligence In A Premises Liability Case

In order to prove liability in these cases, an injury victim and their attorney will work to show that another party should be held liable for what happened. There are four elements of negligence that need to be proven in order for a claim to be successful.

  • Duty: Property owners are generally required to exercise reasonable care in the ownership and maintenance of their property, particularly with respect to all persons who might come onto the property. In general, if the injured person had a right to be on the premises, then the property owner owed them a duty of care to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition.
  • Breach of duty: After a duty of care has been established, it needs to be shown that the property owner breached their duty in some way. This can include allowing for unsafe conditions to arise on the property. This can be proven in a number of ways and will be done by gathering various types of evidence.
  • Causation: After a breach of duty has been established, it needs to be shown that this breach directly caused the injuries to the victim.
  • Damages: Finally, the injury victim must have sustained some sort of injury that can be monetarily compensated.

Proving these elements of negligence can be difficult for a person with limited legal experience and few resources. Our  lawyers will be able to handle every aspect of these cases in order to secure maximum compensation for the client.

Find a Premises Liability Lawyer No Matter Where You Live

If you have ever been injured on someone else’s property due to their carelessness or negligence, even if a third party was involved, you can rest assured the premises liability attorneys in Florida at Colson Hicks Eidson have the experience needed to represent you in court.

Call 305-476-7400 or submit a form to schedule a consultation with our injury attorneys today.

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