The laws regarding liability for accidents on properties in Panama City depend on whether the accident occurred on public or private property. However, in all cases, the law requires property owners to maintain a safe environment free of hazards for all authorized visitors. If a property owner’s or occupier’s negligence subjected you to injuries, you may need legal representation.

For more information about how we can help, contact The Landau Law Group at (866) 703-4878 for a free consultation.

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a subset of personal injury law that comes into play when you suffer an accident or injury due to hazardous conditions on someone’s property. While property owners must keep their buildings safe, they sometimes fail. This failure can lead to devastating personal injuries and even death.

Types of Premises Liability Cases

Premises liability cases cover a wide range of situations and may include:

  • Slip and fall accidents: This accident could be a result of unsafe walking surfaces or ill-placed items by a public or private entity.
  • Inadequate building security: An authorized visitor may sue if insufficient security or lack thereof causes accidents, injuries, or loss of life.
  • Dog bites: The dog’s viciousness and owner’s negligence can cause the owner to be liable for damages suffered.
  • Power lines: Electrocutions by high voltage lines on someone’s property may result in a premises liability suit.
  • Drowning: A premises liability lawsuit can occur if owners of swimming pools and other bodies of water fail to adopt safety measures.

What To Do When Injured on Someone Else’s Property

If you get into an accident or sustain an injury on someone else’s property due to negligent security or hazardous conditions, we recommend that you take the following steps immediately:

  • Seek medical attention: While some injuries manifest immediately, others do not appear for days or even weeks after the accident. Make sure a doctor checks you out before doing anything else. Having medical records from your healthcare provider soon after your accident can make it easier to connect your injuries to the fall later.
  • Report the accident: Alert the authorities and fill out an incident report. Make sure to follow all legal procedures. Once done, ask for a copy of the report. If they do not oblige, ask to take a picture.
  • Determine the cause of your accident: Some causes of accidents on public and private properties include negligence, improper cleaning, and spills. Other causes include highly polished floors, loose carpeting, broken pavement, poor lighting, damaged staircases or railings, wet floors, and other tripping hazards.
  • Copy the in-charge manager’s report: Report the accident to the manager or the person in charge of the building. If the manager files a report, ask for a copy.
  • Gather information from witnesses: Obtain the names, phone numbers, or addresses of anyone who was present or witnessed the accident. If some of the witnesses are employees of the establishment, ask for their contact information, too.
  • Digital evidence: Film and take pictures of what caused the accident, as well as the surrounding area. If you are without a phone, ask a witness or bystander for help. Additionally, remember to preserve your clothes and footwear.
  • Hire us: Contact The Landau Law Group at (866) 703-4878 for a free consultation. We can protect your legal rights and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

If you were unable to take these steps immediately after the accident, do not worry. A Panama City premises liability lawyer will compile all the necessary evidence and take care of all your legal needs once you hire us onto the case.

Actionable Steps by The Landau Law Group

Once we have completed our initial case review, our law firm will take essential steps to move forward with your claim. They include:

Determining Liability

We will establish that the negligence of the property owner, property occupier, or their employees led to your injuries. To demonstrate this, our premises liability lawyer will prove that:

  • The defendant owned, leased, or occupied the property at the time of your injuries.
  • The defendant managed the property carelessly.
  • The defendant’s wrongful actions or negligence caused you harm.

We will also establish and prove the owner’s or occupier’s duty of care, show the breach of the duty by the owner or occupier and their employees, link their negligence to your injuries, and finally, establish the damages to which you may be entitled.

Breach of Duty

An owner’s failure to keep their property secure and well-maintained can constitute a breach of duty. Typical causes of accidents occurring on properties include ill-placed items and merchandise, poorly maintained property, and spills. Sometimes, the owner’s refusal to follow the city’s guidelines during construction could also lead to death or serious injuries.

Filing the Lawsuit

We may consult with experts specializing in engineering, physics, and Panama City’s building code. These experts may examine the property and perform all necessary tests. Together, we will go over the evidence and build a strong case on your behalf. We will negotiate for a fair settlement, and strongly consider a lawsuit if we cannot reach an equitable agreement.

Moving Forward With The Landau Law Group

We can protect your right to receive the compensation you deserve. With our legal negotiators in your corner, you will finally have the peace of mind to focus on your health and recovery. We will work with you, explain your rights, and present you with all relevant information on liability, limitations of actions, and more.

Let a premises liability lawyer from The Landau Law Group in Panama City guide you as you gear up to take legal action. Call us today at (866) 703-4878 for a free consultation.