Protect Your Rights with a Premises Liability Claim
Cerasa Law Firm fights for maximum compensation
Most people don’t give much thought to “premises liability” until they find themselves laid up. Every day, good people are seriously hurt due to someone else’s negligence. The results are painful personal injuries like fractured bones, spine injuries, a blown knee, head trauma, or another kind of damage.
Premises liability, or property liability, means that property owners must provide a reasonable level of security to guests and, in some cases, uninvited people. The Cerasa Law Firm LLC knows that in Florida the risk of getting hurt are higher than in most areas of the country. Florida often ranks as one of the most – if not the most – dangerous U.S. states in which to live, drive, or walk.
Whether shopping at an Orlando mall, eating at a Sand Lake restaurant, using the facilities at a public park, walking around International Drive & the Convention District, staying at a hotel in Fort Meade, renting a home in Bartow, or any other place – bad accidents can happen anywhere.
Serious accidents require serious attention from an experienced attorney. Our firm gives accident victims free case evaluations. A member of our legal team will listen to what you have to say, put your accident in context, and help you explore your legal options. We’ve successfully represented thousands of Central Florida residents, snowbirds, students, visitors on business, and tourists in recovering from property-related injuries.
Premises liability attorney Michael Cerasa gives his clients a unique blend of the professionalism and substantial case results of a big firm with the personal attention to your case that you can only get at a small one.
The experience you need with the personal attention you deserve
Property accident victims are often unsure if they have a right to demand compensation for their injuries. They wrongly blame themselves for being unlucky enough to get hurt in an unsafe environment. They are hurt by conditions that should have been fixed by an owner like wet floors, uneven sidewalks, rolled rugs, spilled food, cluttered walkways, broken doors, loose handrails, burnt out exit lights, or falling items, for example.
If you were injured in a premises accident you have a responsibility to get the money that is necessary for your full recovery. Without a successful claim, it is very unlikely that you and your family will have enough money in the bank to pay for essential accident-related medical treatment like surgeries, physical therapy and prescription medicines.
In the U.S., many working-age adults are struggling to pay medical bills or are already in debt due to the high cost of necessary, life-saving treatments.
Your claim will be a great service to the community. You will be doing a very noble thing by fighting back against dangerous people.
People comfortable putting others at a heightened risk for serious injury are unlikely to fix dangerous conditions if no one makes them. The harm will happen again and again to other people – some of whom may be less able to rebound from their injuries, like the elderly and children.
By filing a claim and holding reckless property owners accountable, you can save people in Central Florida from suffering similar catastrophic pain and loss.
Types of premises liability lawsuits
There are many scenarios that could lead to a premises liability claim or lawsuit, including:
- Slip and fall
- Injury due to poorly maintained property
- Defective conditions
- Inadequate security
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool injuries
- Wrongful death
- Hotel accidents
- Construction site negligence
- Parking lot damages
- Air pollution
- Resort and amusement park injuries
Invited and uninvited guests
Even if you weren’t invited onto someone else’s property, the owner may still be liable for your injuries.
There are about five types of visitors recognized in Florida premises law. The type of visitor you were will inform our legal strategy.
- Public invitee – Someone invited to the premises - like a store or public building - as a member of the public for the intended purpose of the property
- Business invitee – A person invited to a place for a purpose that is directly or indirectly connected with the business
- Licensee by invitation – An invited social guest
- Uninvited licensee – Someone who enters a property, for their own purposes or convenience, uninvited and without reasonably implied approval
- Trespasser – A person on premises without a license, an invitation, or other rights, who intrudes on the property for his own purposes or as an idler
Filing a premises liability claim or lawsuit
Florida is one of about a dozen states guided by the “Pure Comparative Fault” rule when assigning blame in an accident.
Pure comparative fault means that, in most cases, an accident victim is entitled to compensation for damages even if the situation was 99% their fault. The injured person’s settlement or verdict is reduced by their contribution to the accident.
The statute of limitations on filing a premises liability civil lawsuit in Florida is four years after the incident. This applies to personal injury and property damage lawsuits. This may seem like you have a long time, but the sooner you get started the better. The insurance company knows the clock is ticking. They can drag their feet or take a long time to reject your claim. You’re going to want to have plenty of time to file a lawsuit if necessary.
The Cerasa Law Firm is with you every step of the way
If you or a loved one has been injured, don't just assume it was your fault.
You owe it to yourself and your family to demand the compensation you need to fully recover from an accident. Failing to secure a proper settlement now will most likely leave you without the resources you need to treat your injuries today and when they flare up again years down the road. Trips to Orlando Health aren’t cheap.
A proper accident settlement must cover current and future accident-related medical bills, property damage, lost wages, treatment-related childcare and household costs, diminished earning potential, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Attorney Michael Cerasa has spent his career working almost exclusively on Florida injury, accident, and insurance claim law. He knows the strategies insurance companies use to reject and minimize claims. He also knows how to respond to their arguments. Attorney Cerasa is so confident in his negotiating and litigation skills that he often takes cases on contingency - meaning we only get paid when we win.
Act now before the passing time makes collecting case evidence more difficult. Contact Cerasa Law Firm to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation case evaluation with Orlando’s go-to personal injury lawyer.