Premises owners, whether public or private, bear a high duty of care to all visitors to those premises. They must ensure that they have a safe experience, from ensuring they have safe, clear walkways to ensuring that objects don’t fall on them or that other obvious hazards could lead to serious injuries. Unfortunately, not all premises owners take the steps they need to take to protect visitors to their facilities.
Did you suffer serious injuries in a premises liability accident? Shiner Law Group can help you determine whether you deserve compensation for your injuries, how much compensation you should expect, and what you need to do next. Speak with a Port St Lucie premises liability lawyer today for your free consultation.
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2. Potential Premises Liability Dangers in Port St. Lucie
3. Who Bears Liability in Premises Liability Accidents in Port St. Lucie?
4. Serious Premises Liability Injuries in Port St. Lucie
5. Acquiring Compensation for Port St. Lucie Premises Liability Accidents
6. Connect with a Port St. Lucie Premises Liability Lawyer Today
Shiner Law Group Can Help with Your Port St. Lucie Premises Liability Claim
Following a serious accident on someone else’s property, you may need an attorney to help you navigate the complex process of filing a personal injury claim. Shiner Law Group can help. Our dedicated team of attorneys has handled many premises liability claims in the past, from slip and fall accidents to negligent security claims.
Take a look at some of our past claim results.
- $2 million awarded to the family of a victim shot and killed in a restaurant due to negligent security.
- $1 million awarded in a negligent security claim.
- $675,000 awarded to a slip and fall accident victim who suffered spinal injuries at a hotel.
- $350,000 awarded to a trip and fall accident victim in a shopping center parking lot.
- $185,000 awarded to a client who slipped and fell in a relative’s home.
At Shiner Law Group, we cannot guarantee the compensation you can recover based on our past case results. However, we can assure you that our team of attorneys fights to help our clients maximize their compensation and understand their rights following a serious premises liability accident.
We start with a free consultation to go over the accident.
We will take a look at your injuries and how they occurred to give you a brief overview of what compensation you should pursue and whether you may have grounds for a premises liability claim after your accident.
For many clients, this initial consultation serves as vital information about whether they should consider accepting a low settlement offer issued by the insurance company that should cover the accident.
In many cases, the insurance company may lead off with a low settlement offer that does not reflect the compensation you really deserve for your injuries. If you accept that offer, it could prevent you from managing your bills effectively after your accident.
We investigate every element of our clients’ premises liability accidents to put together a compelling, effective claim.
We have seen: landlords who fail to properly maintain their buildings, businesses that do not maintain their parking lots, and even hotels that leave clear dangers to their patrons in their rooms and balconies.
Often, in premises liability accidents, the liable party’s insurance company will fight the claim hard by trying to prove that your own negligence caused the accident, that the company could not reasonably have anticipated the danger, or that the company bore no liability in that particular area.
At Shiner Law Group, however, we fight to find the real evidence behind who caused the accident, which can make it easier for you to move forward with your claim.
Potential Premises Liability Dangers in Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie offers fun destinations, from restaurants and shopping to hotels, beaches, and popular family attractions. The wide array of businesses in the area may make it ideal for many potential reasons, but danger may lurk behind that attractive surface.
Heavy construction in the area brings an increased risk of premises liability accidents.
Port St. Lucie has grown exponentially over the past several years. As the third-largest city in South Florida, Port St. Lucie continues to attract new residents and a huge amount of tourist traffic every year. With so many people in the area, new construction continues to spread—both new construction homes and new businesses that people cannot wait to explore.
All that new construction, however, means a lot of construction sites—and it may mean that more business owners eagerly take care of renovations to their facilities so they can keep up with the new businesses moving in. Construction sites can mean dangers, from increased electrocution risk to greater fall hazards.
New construction may have a risk of potential premises liability threats.
In many cases, new construction can mean an increased risk of premises liability accidents. An electrician who fails to properly wire a home, for example, may create an increased fire risk, while a landlord eager to get new renters into a property may not make sure that everything in the property works properly before allowing them to enter.
Saltwater from the ocean threatens many local buildings and structures.
Sitting on the coast means that Port St. Lucie draws a great deal of tourist traffic—not to mention making it the ideal home for many residents. At the same time, however, that ocean spray poses a significant threat: it can cause buildings, walkways, and surfaces to degrade faster, which may mean increased premises liability risk. From collapsing supports to dangerous walkways, the hazards caused by ocean water can become difficult to navigate, especially if premises owners do not keep up with maintenance.
Port St. Lucie businesses may see a great deal of unfamiliar tourist traffic.
Most of the time, Port St. Lucie businesses experience a regular flow of reasonably trustworthy customers. Those businesses, however, bear a strong duty of care to protect their customers. If a business, including a hotel or restaurant, fails to provide adequate protection to its customers, it could result in a serious injury. Negligent security can leave the business liable for the injuries of the customer.
Who Bears Liability in Premises Liability Accidents in Port St. Lucie?
Following a serious premises liability accident in Port St. Lucie, your attorney may need to investigate the circumstances that led to your accident to get a better idea of the party or parties that bear liability for your accident and your injuries.
In general, any property owner who commits an act of negligence that results in serious injury for visitors to that property—including private homeowners—may bear liability for injuries you suffered in a premises liability accident.
That may include:
- Businesses operating out of a specific property
Third-party vendors who operate on specific premises, construction workers working on the property, and others who use the property and create a hazard for visitors to that property may also bear liability for premises liability accidents.
Serious Premises Liability Injuries in Port St. Lucie
Premises liability injuries can occur in a variety of ways, any time a property owner fails to take adequate steps to protect the people visiting that property. Common premises liability injuries may include:
Electrical hazards, improperly secured stoves, and hot water tanks without adequate temperature shut-offs may all increase the risk of burns on some properties. In addition, business owners bear responsibility for ensuring that they have adequate fire suppression systems, fire escape routes, and other fire prevention standards in place throughout their businesses. If a business blocks off a fire exit, for example, the business may bear liability for burns sustained by customers who attempted to use those exits, only to discover that they could not get away from the flames.
Burns can cause immense pain as well as heavy scarring. Many burn victims must go through plastic surgery or may spend time in a burn unit, where they may decrease the risk of infection. Serious burns, unfortunately, have a high risk of infection because burns strip away the skin’s protection, leaving the body more directly exposed to pathogens.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Slip and fall accidents and items falling from heights can both pose a substantial risk of traumatic brain injury. Victims with traumatic brain injury may notice that it impacts their ability to focus, concentrate, or remember things, especially for more than a few moments. While some traumatic brain injury victims have trouble with long-term memory, others may find that short-term memory poses a more potent challenge. TBI can also impact a victim’s emotional control, making it difficult for them to regulate emotion.
Back and Neck Injuries
Many accidents can injure the back and neck, causing spinal cord injuries, herniated discs, and muscle strains. Those injuries can have a heavy impact on the victim’s overall mobility, making it very difficult for them to move as they did before the accident. In the case of spinal cord injuries, the victim may face full paralysis below the site of the injury.
Premises liability accidents can result in many types of broken bones, from broken hips acquired in a slip and fall to broken hands and arms, broken legs, or broken ribs. Broken bones can create significant limitations for the victim, who may have a hard time getting around, engaging in self-care tasks, or simply enjoying their usual leisure activities. Severely broken bones can require surgery to raise the odds of recovery.
Premises liability accidents involving immense trauma, including trauma created by heavy equipment failure, can result in the need for amputation. Amputees permanently lose a limb due to the trauma to it during a serious accident, usually caused by either crushing damage or directly severing the limb. Amputees may need to use prosthetic devices to aid in overall mobility.
Acquiring Compensation for Port St. Lucie Premises Liability Accidents
At Shiner Law Group, we cannot guarantee the compensation you will recover for premises liability accidents in Port St. Lucie. In general, however, we will ask several key questions to help determine the compensation you may expect for your injuries.
Who caused your accident?
Identifying the party that bears liability for your injuries can allow us to establish what insurance policy may cover your injuries. That insurance policy will usually set clear limits on the compensation victims can recover.
What injuries did you sustain?
The more serious your injuries, the higher your medical bills may grow. If you faced immense medical bills after a premises liability accident, you may need to claim more compensation than someone who suffered relatively minor injuries and, therefore, had relatively low medical bills. Keep track of all medical costs related to your accident, from the cost of emergency medical treatment to the ongoing cost of physical or occupational therapy as you recover from your injuries.
How much work did you have to miss after your accident?
Many types of injuries can result in the need to miss work for some time following the accident. Unfortunately, that lost income can cause a substantial financial burden. Talk to your attorney about how much work you missed, including the time you missed both immediately after the accident and from ongoing physical therapy or follow-up appointments after your accident.
What other impact did your injuries have on your life?
A premises liability claim aims to provide financial compensation for the losses you faced due to your injuries. While financial compensation cannot fully repair all the damages you face, it can provide you with much-needed funds to rebuild your life. Talk to your attorney about the suffering you faced after your accident and how it may impact your right to compensation.
Connect with a Port St. Lucie Premises Liability Lawyer Today
If you suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of a premises owner, do not attempt to handle your claim on your own. Instead, get in touch with a premises liability attorney as soon as possible. Contact Shiner Law Group today at (772) 777-7700 to learn more about your right to compensation.