When you are visiting friends and family in their Hollywood home, you of course expect to make new memories. However, what happens if you are seriously injured during your visit?
In Florida, you do have the right to file a claim if someone’s negligence has led to your injury. This may mean you may have a claim in many “visit” instances:
- If you visit a loved on in their Hollywood condo or apartment and you are injured in a common area of the building due to bad lighting, bad maintenance, broken stairs, or other issues.
- If you visit a loved one and are injured in their pool or inside their home because there is a danger, such as a poorly constructed deck.
- If you visit a loved one and sustain a serious trip and fall injury in front of their home because the community did not maintain sidewalks correctly.
Any time negligence leads to poor maintenance and this leads to a serious injury, you may have a claim. If you’re not sure if you have a civil claim, contact a premises liability attorney in Hollywood to review your potential case.
Why File a Claim?
In many cases, homeowner’s insurance or property insurance can cover the costs of your injuries. However, if you don’t file a claim, you may be the one to pay for your injuries, and the costs may be prohibitive. If you break a leg on an uneven step, for example, you may need to pay tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket in medical expenses and lost income. A legal claim helps you seek compensation for such expenses.
Who is Liable?
In many cases, the homeowner is liable when the injury takes place on personal property. In condos and apartments, the landlord or management company may be liable if an injury occurred in a common area. For public property outside a home, the municipality may be liable.
There may also be multiple liable parties in a case. For example, if poor lighting caused your fall and injuries, a homeowner may be liable but the lighting manufacturer may also be liable if they designed and sold a defective, unsafe product. An attorney can help you find the liable parties in a claim.
The Difficulties of Filing a Premises Liability Claim in Hollywood
In many cases, people hesitate to bring a claim against a homeowner. They worry about the process of filing a claim and worry about the impact a case can have on their life. In reality, you may have the right to seek compensation if you have been injured and seeking fair compensation can help you with the very real and possibly substantial losses you may face if you’ve been seriously injured.
If you have been hurt and think you may have a claim, it can be useful to at least talk to an attorney to find out whether you have a claim and how much your claim may be worth. You can always contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Hollywood premises liability attorney if you have been injured and need to speak to a lawyer.