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Winter Park Premises Liability Attorney

Florida property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors, and a plaintiff injured by a condition or action on another’s property may be able to successfully win compensation from the property owner. At Cotter & Zelman, P.A., we fight for the rights of injured victims in obtaining settlements and judgments to cover the costs of their high medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, contact our experienced Winter Park premises liability attorneys today.

Slip and Falls and Other Dangerous Conditions

If you are a social guest, customer, or invited visitor to another’s property, the property owner has a duty to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and either make the condition safe or warn you of the condition. If the property owner fails to do so, and you are injured by the condition, you can sue the property owner even if the property owner did not cause the condition.

In many cases, plaintiffs are injured by slipping and falling on a dangerous surface, but a premises liability case can be based on any type of injury, such as being cut by a sharp surface or being made sick by noxious fumes. At Cotter & Zelman, P.A., we have represented numerous clients in premises liability cases to help them obtain the full range of damages they are owed for their injuries.

Dog and Other Animal Bites

Dog bites can result in serious injury and even death. Nationwide, nearly 400,000 people each year require emergency medical attention for dog bites alone. Under Florida state law, the owner of any dog that bites another person while in a public place or while the victim is legally on private property is liable for the damages suffered. Unlike some other states, Florida will hold a dog owner liable for a dog bite even if the dog never displayed vicious tendencies prior to the bite.

Florida law does, however, allow an owner to reduce or evade liability if it is shown that the victim was negligent in causing the dog bite, and a defense lawyer will try to place the blame on you, the victim. We will work with you to investigate the dog bite and counter any such arguments in making your case for recovery.

Negligent Security

If you have been the victim of a criminal attack on the property of another, you may be able to recover from the property owner for your injuries and losses in a negligent security action. Property owners have a legal duty to prevent criminal acts on their property, and a failure to take adequate steps to prevent crime can result in liability for the following types of defendants:

  • Hotels and Motels
  • Casinos
  • Sporting Arenas
  • Concert Halls
  • Resorts
  • Amusement Parks
  • Retail Stores and Malls

Oftentimes, courts will find that a property owner is liable for a criminal act when it failed to hire, train, or supervise adequate security staff, or where it failed to maintain proper security equipment, such as lights, alarms, camera systems, and locks.

Contact Our Winter Park Premises Liability Attorneys

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may have a premises liability claim. Don’t hesitate to call Cotter & Zelman, P.A. at 407-629-4711 to schedule a free consultation. You can also contact us by email. We look forward to speaking with you.

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