Slip and Fall – Duty of Care
A person has a claim for premises liability if he or she is injured while on the premises that is owned by another person, and the injury is due to a dangerous condition of the premises that was caused by the property owner’s negligence. The duty of care that is owed by the property owner depends on whether the injured person was an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser.
The most common premises liability claim arises from a “slip and fall” accident. If the accident happens in a business, and the person injured is a patron of that business, then that person is likely an invitee. The owner of the property has the duty to correct or warn of dangers that the owner know or should know of by the use of reasonable care, and which the visitor cannot or should not know of by the use of reasonable care.
If you or a loved one has been injured on another’s property, consult with an attorney to ensure that your claim is properly handled. Andrew Sholtes is the managing attorney at Sholtes Law, PLLC. Our office is located in Fort Pierce, Florida.