Can Invitees and Licensees File a Premises Liability Claim?

Can Invitees and Licensees File a Premises Liability Claim?

An invitee is an individual who is invited onto another party’s property for business or commercial reasons, while a licensee is an individual who enters another party’s property for non-business or non-commercial reasons (i.e., social gatherings). Follow along to find out whether invitees and/or licensees may file a premises liability claim and how a Hillsborough County slip and fall lawyer at The Frank Santini Law Firm can help you navigate this.

How can invitees and licensees file a premises liability claim?

Put simply, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim as either an invitee or a licensee. In addition, our team may be able to help you with a claim if you trespassed on the other party’s property.

This is because, in the state of Florida, all property owners hold a duty of care to maintain their premises in a safe condition. And so, a premises liability claim is possible if the following are true:

  1. You were an invitee or a licensee and a property owner owed you a duty of care.
  2. There was a hazardous condition on the property owner’s premises.
  3. This hazardous condition was either created by the property owner, known by the property owner, or otherwise should have been known by the property owner.
  4. The property owner did not take steps toward repairing this hazardous condition promptly.
  5. You suffered slip and fall injuries and damages as a direct result of this hazardous condition.

What damages can I recover from my premises liability claim?

If you are able to successfully prove the above point as true, then you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages from your premises liability claim. Examples of both are as follows:

  • Economic damages:
    • Current and future lost wages from being unable to return to work.
    • The cost of your necessary surgeries.
    • The cost of your hospital stays.
    • The cost of your necessary in-home care.
  • Non-economic damages:
    • Your loss of enjoyment of life.
    • Your physical and mental pain and suffering.
    • Your loss of consortium.

What is Florida’s deadline for premises liability claims?

We understand that you require a certain amount of time to heal from your slip and fall. But once you determine your eligibility for a premises liability claim, we recommend that you file as immediately as you can. This is because Florida has a deadline (i.e., a statute of limitations) for these claims, which is usually four years from the date of your accident.

Whenever you are ready, a Riverview personal injury lawyer is able and willing to speak with you. Call our firm to schedule your initial consultation today.

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