Florida premises liability refers to the legal duty that a property owner or manager has to ensure that the property is safe for those who are lawfully visiting. When you visit a store, the store owner and manager have a duty to ensure you have a safe shopping experience. This is true both at small businesses and at big warehouse stores.
If you were injured while shopping at Costco or any other West Palm Beach warehouse store, the store may be liable for your injury. How do you know if you have a Florida premises liability claim?
In order to file a liability claim for an injury at Costco or another big-box store, you must be able to show three things:
- You were injured.
- The injury occurred because of a hazardous condition at that store.
- The owner or manager of the store was negligent in his duty to ensure your safety.
It may be easy to show that you were injured, especially if the accident has left you with a disability. But, you will need to support your claim with medical records, photographs and witness accounts.
Showing that a hazardous condition caused your accident may be more difficult. Suppose you slipped in a puddle and broke your leg - how can you prove whether the puddle caused your injury now that it has been cleaned up? How can you show that the box that fell on you was not properly stored? How do you know if a property owner was negligent?
A West Palm Beach premises liability attorney can help determine if you have a claim. He will gather the necessary evidence to show that your injury was due to the property owner's neglect.
You should not have to pay for injuries caused by careless employees or unsafe conditions. If your injury was caused by negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and any lost income - both past and future. The first step to determining whether you have a Florida premises liability injury claim is to contact a West Palm Beach premises liability attorney.
David Glatthorn, a personal injury attorney in West Palm Beach, offers free consultations to Florida injury victims. To schedule an appointment, call 888-340-2620. When you call, be sure to ask for your free copy of David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim.