Many people spend more time on commercial property than they realize. Between grocery stores, restaurants, and theatres, much of the time people are away from home is spent on property a business venture owns. A Sarasota commercial property premises liability lawyer can help you understand your options.

Usually, these interactions are smooth, but occasionally serious injuries may occur. When you have been injured, the resulting costs may be stressful. The premises liability attorneys at Dannheisser Injury Law can help you analyze the circumstances surrounding an accident and help you pursue any compensation that you may be entitled.

Liability for Injuries on Commercial Property

In general, landowners in the state have a responsibility to keep their property in good condition so that the area is reasonably safe for people invited on the property. When a commercial property landowner fails to provide this environment and an accident occurs, the injured person may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the Sarasota landowner.

For injuries that occur in a private home, it is often clear who is liable for any injuries. However, for accidents on commercial property, the situation is generally more complex as people who might be responsible for an injury that occurs on it can include:

  • The owner of the land
  • The company leasing the property
  • A contractor or vendor who creates a dangerous situation on the property

The process for determining how to get compensation is complicated and requires investigation. Our well-versed attorneys can help determine the potentially responsible parties in order to maximize the injured person’s opportunity to receive compensation for their losses.

Steps After an Incident

After an injury on commercial property, it is common to not know what to do next. However, the actions taken immediately following an incident can have a direct impact on an injured person’s ability to recover and receive compensation. Although every situation is different, usually best practices will include:

  • Examining the extent of the injuries received.
  • Determining whether anyone else was hurt and if they need emergency medical attention.
  • Moving a safe distance from the hazard that caused the incident.
  • Documenting the scene by taking photographs with a cell phone.
  • Checking to see if there were any eyewitnesses to the accident; if so, ask if they would share their contact information.
  • Reporting the incident to a representative of the business, building, or enterprise where the accident occurred, preferably in writing.
  • Seeking medical attention as soon as possible; even if injuries seem mild initially, worse symptoms may appear after the adrenaline from the incident subsides.

When speaking with representatives of the premises, be sure not to apologize or make any statements that indicate fault. The state reformed tort litigation to follow the comparative negligence model, which means that if a jury finds that an injured person is more than 50% at fault for an accident, they are not allowed to recover any damages. If a jury finds that the injured person is at fault, but less than 50% at fault, the court will reduce the total financial recovery proportionately. Therefore, it is important not to say anything after the accident that can impact a potential recovery.

It is crucial to have an experienced lawyer who has knowledge on how to handle injuries on commercial property in Sarasota. Even when a lawsuit is not ultimately necessary, our attorneys at Dannheisser Injury Law can help an injured person understand what options they have available.

Reach Out to Our Sarasota Attorneys Familiar With Business Premises Liability Today

When you receive a serious injury, you need to make sure that you heal physically. However, there is also the financial strain of medical expenses and the stress of handling the administrative and logistical burden that follows a traumatic accident. A well-practiced attorney can help relieve some of this burden by providing advice and expertise on how to navigate the legal system. Our lawyers are here for you and will work to maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injury.

Our Sarasota commercial property premises liability lawyers are available any time for your phone call. Schedule an initial consultation with the attorneys at Dannheisser Injury Law today.

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