Whether you own your primary home or vacation home in Florida, it is important to be aware of how premises liability can impact your residence. If guests or visitors get hurt on your property, you could be found liable for the costs associated with their injuries. The best way to protect yourself from this issue is to be familiar with Florida’s premises liability laws.
Duty of the owner
In Florida, any individual who owns a property is considered to have a legal duty to reasonably protect visitors. There are three different variations of duty owed to those who visit a person’s home.
People who come to a home for business purposes are owed the highest duty of care, as owners in this situation are required to regularly inspect a property to ensure no hazards exist for invitees. If the owner invites neighbors, friends or family to a home, such visitors are considered licensees. Licensees are owed a moderate level of duty of care, and owners must attempt to provide a safe property or clearly warn visitors of any potential dangers.
Finally, those who come to a property without an invitation or permission are considered trespassers. Residence owners owe a minimal duty of care in this situation, and are not required to prevent or warn these visitors of potential dangers — unless the trespasser is a child.
When injuries occur at residential properties
If you were injured at a residential property as an invitee or licensee, you may be able to seek compensation for damages related to your injury. However, it must be determined whether the property’s owner took every precaution to prevent or warn against your injury. Failure to prevent or recognize blatantly dangerous situations could lead to the owners being liable.
If you would like to know more about the responsibilities of residential property owners, consult the skilled Bradenton premises liability attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh today.