Under Florida Law, businesses that invite the public onto their property are required to rise to a certain standard of care in protecting customers against dangerous conditions and hazardous threats. It is the business’ responsibility to ensure that the premises is safe, whether it is a structural or electrical issue with a building, a slippery floor, or other danger than could foreseeably lead to the injury of a customer. Too often times, a business establishment is aware of a safety hazard, but negligently fails to address or correct it, leading to avoidable, and sometimes life-changing, injuries to the unsuspecting public.
Sound public policies support premises liability with good reason. If you are invited to spend your hard-earned money as a customer of a given establishment, you should expect — and are entitled to — a reasonably safe environment in which to conduct your business. If the business fails to provide this safety, and you are consequently injured, you should be entitled to compensation for any medical bills or lost wages that follow.
Premises liability and the duty to provide a safe environment to the public applies to all sorts of businesses, entities, and organizations. This includes public property such as parks, private property such as retail stores and malls, and tourist attractions like Disney World and Islands of Adventure; premises liability can even apply to employers and private homeowners. Collingsworth law represents injury victims in a wide array of these types of situations.