Tripping Hazards on Private Property

Private Property Injuries

Unlike tripping on public property, there are different issues that you must consider when pursuing a personal injury case against a private property owner. You need a Fort Myers premises liability attorney who can help you understand your rights and options.

At Bernardo Injury Law, located in Fort Myers, Florida, we have more than 25 years of experience practicing exclusively in the area of personal injury law. We know how to handle every type of premises liability matter, including tripping hazards on private property that result in serious injury, and in certain instances are even fatal.

For help obtaining the compensation you need after an injury, call our law firm today at 239-332-3000 or toll free at 888-428-8943, or contact us online. We offer free consultations and do not charge attorney fees unless we recover a settlement or jury verdict on your behalf.

If a private property owner does not adhere to a reasonable duty of care, a trip-and-fall injury may occur. This legal duty of care can differ from the responsibility of a public property owner. The type of hazards that can result in private property trip-and-fall incident can vary widely and may include:

  • Hazardous items being left out such as cords, ropes, ladders
  • A fall resulting from a dog bite or other type of animal attack
  • Holes left uncovered from digging for the purposes of landscaping, home repair or other maintenance
  • Swimming pools that are not properly gated
  • Trees that are not maintained properly where a branch snaps, drops and causes someone to trip or hits someone and causes him or her to fall
  • Livestock that gets loose and causes severe damage
  • Walkways to and from the home that are not designed, constructed or maintained well
  • Driveways or other surfaces that use materials that easily become slippery

When a slip, trip or fall occurs on private property, the claim will frequently involve the homeowner directly. Many people may be reluctant to file a claim against a neighbor or a friend, but the truth is you are filing a claim against their homeowners insurance policy and you are not suing them personally in an adversarial manner. You are simply trying to recover necessary compensation for your injuries, including funds that will cover medical care and lost wages.

There might also be third parties who may have contributed to the hazard. Personal injury lawyer Joe Bernardo understands all of the unique issues that must be explored in a private property premises liability claim and he will help you understand them and build a case for compensation that is fair and covers all of your needs.

Joseph J. Bernardo

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