South Florida Property Owners Have to Keep Things Safe

Fort Lauderdale Slip and Fall Attorney

Slipping and falling because someone forgot to put up a “wet floor” sign. Merchandise that falls and slams into your head because it wasn’t put up properly. Bumping into a concrete wall because the lights are out and you could not see where you were going. These things may sound like the punchline to some second-rate comedian’s joke, but for anyone who’s ever had it happen to them, it is absolutely no joke.

Ben Murphey knows this, and it is why he’s spent his time as a South Florida civil attorney vigorously defending the rights of people who have been harmed by the negligence of property owners. Attorney Murphey has made a name for himself in recent years, garnering a 10/10 Superb Rating on Avvo, receiving Super Lawyers Florida Rising Star Designation in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and being named a Super Lawyer in 2014. Verdict Search even listed him in their Top Florida Verdicts & Settlements of 2013, so you know that he will keep fighting to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. He takes his duty to his clients seriously, and believes that property owners should take their responsibilities seriously as well.

Under Florida law, anyone who owns property in the state has a responsibility for making sure that it is safely maintained both inside and out. If a defect or mistake on their premises causes harm to anyone, it’s possible to hold them liable for what happened.

The Responsibilities of Property Owners in Florida

Florida law is very specific about the ways in which property owners can be held responsible, but their level of responsibility differs depending upon the situation.

Anyone who has been invited onto the property – either directly or by implication, as in the case of members of the public shopping at a store or walking through a public park – has the right to expect the property owner to:

  • Maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition
  • Protect against foreseeable crimes by third parties
  • Fix or warn people about known problems
  • Show reasonable care in watching out for potential issues

The situation, however, is a bit different if the person who was injured on the property was trespassing or entered the premises without an expressed or implied invitation. Owners have no duty to protect these people against third-party crimes and only need to make sure that they don’t actively harm the individual with a “trap” or something similar.

And, of course, there are special, specific rules that apply to children as well. Regardless of whether an underage individual was invited or decided to trespass, property owners can still be held liable if something on their property falls under Florida’s “attractive nuisance” doctrine. Essentially, this says that some items, such as pools, trampolines, and even old cars up on cinder blocks, are likely to attract children and that owners need to take reasonable steps to keep kids out (e.g. putting up fences and using locks).

What Kind of Properties Does Premises Liability Apply To?

You probably know that you can sue the local grocery store if a shelf breaks and a bunch of heavy cans fall and send you to the hospital. Obviously, you should not have to pay for medical bills caused by faulty equipment at their store. But what if you fall at your neighbor’s house because his bannister breaks? Or twist your ankle in a hole while tossing a Frisbee around at the park?

Premises liability applies to all kinds of properties, including but not limited to:

Some of the places listed above contain more potential complexity than others. If you are hurt while visiting a friend’s apartment, for example, it is possible that the friend might be liable or that the property manager could be responsible depending on what caused the injury. Ben Murphey has successfully litigated all kinds of premises liability cases, so no matter how you were hurt, he knows what is needed to prove that the responsibility lies with another party.

Attorney Ben Murphey Has Handled a Wide Variety of Premises Liability Injuries

Ben Murphey - Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury AttorneyThe kinds of injuries that someone can sustain in a premises liability case are as varied as the ways in which he or she can get injured, but during his years as a civil lawyer, Ben Murphey has seen it all. Some of the most common types of injuries that occur in premises liability cases include:

  • Broken bones. If you slip or trip and fall due to someone else’s negligence, the result is often a bruised or broken bone due to slamming into a hard floor.
  • Head trauma. Whether you hit your head by falling down or have something fall down onto you, head trauma is a real and serious problem that often results.
  • Dog bites. Pet owners are responsible for the actions of their animals, and if you get bitten you’ll likely suffer broken, torn skin and may even need to receive shots.
  • Exposure to dangerous chemicals. Toxic and dangerous chemicals can cause serious burns and other physical and even mental problems depending on how you come into contact with them. Property owners should know this and do their utmost to keep people on their property safe from them.
  • Assaults. Issues related to assaults run the gamut. People have been beaten, stabbed, and shot in certain situations, but even those who escape physical harm still may experience psychological damage and loss of property.
  • Wrongful deaths. Truly serious premises liability issues, such as malfunctioning escalators or elevators, or broken balcony railings, can do far worse than injury – they can kill. If someone you loved was taken from you due to the negligence of a property owner, filing a suit can help you pay for all of the sudden expenses and ensure that another accident like that does not happen again.

Talking to a lawyer is probably the last thing on your mind if you have been harmed in any of the above ways, but the best way to put your life back on track and get the compensation you need and deserve is to call Ben Murphey immediately. He understands that it is a trying time, which is why he always offers a free initial consultation to discuss the merits of your case with you and see if it is worth pursuing.

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954-587-0873 (South Florida)