In many cases, the property owner is ultimately responsible for any dangerous or hazardous conditions on the property that may result in a visitor’s injury. However, there could be other parties who might be liable for damages, depending on the circumstances in the case. For example, in some cases, the dangerous condition was caused by a third party performing services at the business location, such as a cleaning company.
At Trelles & Bichler, our legal team investigates all potential parties that could have caused the dangerous condition that resulted in your injury or could have any legal liability for the conditions that resulted in your injury.
For example, you may have fallen in the parking lot of a retail shopping center. Your claim for damages could be against the owner of the shopping center. However, if the parking lot is owned or maintained by a different party, your claim could be against the owner of the parking lot and/or the company who maintains the parking lot.
Likewise, you could slip and fall in a restaurant because there is water on the floor. The restaurant owner and the property owner may be two different companies. Sorting out who is responsible could be difficult if the water originated from a leaky pipe or roof. Is the restaurant responsible for allowing the water to remain on the floor? Is the property owner responsible because the restaurant owner had reported the situation repeatedly and requested repairs? The answer could be both parties are responsible.
As you can see, determining liability in a slip and fall accident can be challenging. The Florida Statute of Limitations restricts the time to file a premises liability claim. Hiring an experienced Palm Beach County slip and fall attorney is the best thing you can do to protect your legal rights after being injured in a fall.