If I am injured in a store in West Palm Beach, is the store automatically liable for my injuries?
The answer to your question depends on what caused your injury. Simply because an injury occurred in a store doesn't make the store liable. But, it may be. There must be a valid reason why you were at the store. Florida premises liability law recognizes three types of visitors:
- Invitees - Invitees are people who are invited to do business for the benefit of the store's owners. If you were shopping at the store, you are an invitee.
- Licensees - Licensees are guests who go somewhere for their own benefit and for the benefit of the property owner. If work at the store, you may be a licensee.
- Trespassers - Trespassers are people who go somewhere where they are not invited. If you were injured while breaking into the store, you would be classified as a trespasser.
In Florida, premises liability law refers to the body of law that imposes a legal duty on property owners to ensure that the property is safe before inviting the public to visit (or shop at) the property. It protects invitees.
If you were shopping at the store when you were injured, the store owes you a duty of care. They have an obligation to inspect the premises for dangers and to either remedy those dangers or to warn about them.
So, you may have a Florida premises liability claim if you were an invitee and your injury was caused by a dangerous condition the store owners knew about or should have known about. The best way to learn if you have a case is to contact a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.
Attorney David Glatthorn represents Florida premises liability injury victims. Contact David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620 or request a free copy of his book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim.