West Palm Beach Premises Liability
West Palm Beach is a vibrant area with many shopping malls, streets, supermarkets, and also private residences. With this profitable and social atmosphere, the potential for being injured while on another party’s property increases. Property owners of all types owe their visitors differing levels of care to keep their premises free from unnecessary hazards. When an owner fails to adequately maintain their property, serious injuries can occur. The West Palm Beach premises liability lawyers at Donaldson & Weston assist individuals injured by falls and other accidents on the property of others. Business owners, as well as those inviting others onto their property as guests, are expected to make sure that those guests are safe from harm. When they fail to do so, they should be held accountable. Our attorneys are dedicated to making sure that injured victims have the opportunity to pursue legal action to assert their rights.Busy West Palm Beach Shopping Centers
West Palm Beach has a variety of restaurants, supermarkets, and shops, which are visited by residents daily. Among the most popular venues are Palm Beach Outlets and The Gardens Mall, as well as the local Publix and Target. Shopping centers can be dangerous to patrons, especially when employees are not properly trained or supervised in safe practices, or when stairwells and parking lots fall into disrepair. In addition to these business areas, people are often guests at friends’ or family members’ homes, where hazards can also be present. Unsecured swimming pools are especially dangerous to children who visit someone else’s home. When visitors encounter harmful conditions on someone else’s property, the owner should be held liable through a premises liability claim for the damages incurred.Holding Property Owners Accountable
All patrons, guests, and others are expected to exercise due care in keeping themselves safe from harm. However, property owners also owe visitors certain levels of care. Business owners are responsible for exercising the highest degree of care when it comes to ensuring a safe environment for customers. These owners are expected to conduct regular inspections and fix or warn patrons of dangerous conditions that exist. When a customer is injured while shopping, a premises liability attorney in West Palm Beach can help them pursue a claim against a property owner or occupier.
To prevail in a premises liability claim, customers must show that the business had actual or constructive knowledge of the unsafe condition but failed to take proper action. Constructive knowledge is based on the length of time that the hazard was present and whether or not a business exercising ordinary care would learn of its existence. For instance, if a store had a leak that had not been repaired for weeks, a puddle might have formed. If a patron falls and is injured, the business may be responsible for damages for spinal cord injuries and other forms of harm that they suffered.
Licensees, or visitors to a property for a social purpose, are owed a lesser degree of care. Hosts are required to maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner and warn visitors of known hazards. Children are owed a higher degree of care to protect them from what is legally known as an ‘attractive nuisance.’ Attractive nuisances are conditions or structures that are likely to draw a child’s attention but are particularly dangerous, such as pools or trampolines. Property owners are required to take extra precautions to safeguard children from these dangers, like making sure that there is a fence around a pool or that access is otherwise restricted.Consult an Experienced Premises Liability Lawyer in West Palm Beach
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a careless property owner, the injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston can help you pursue justice and make sure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. Call our office today at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online to set up a risk-free, no-cost consultation with a West Palm Beach premises liability attorney to find out more about our services and discuss your legal rights and options.