If you own a home or business in the city of Pensacola, you have a duty to ensure that visitors to your property are free of the possibility of injury due to hazard. If a person is injured on your property, you could face a lawsuit due to negligent maintenance of premises.
When you own a property, you possess the legal duty to keep that property free of hazard. If a visitor to your property has an accident and is injured, and they can prove that you did not maintain the property, they can sue you for compensation in civil court. You may be ordered to pay compensation to the victim for the financial losses they incurred as a result of their injuries.
For example: You own a business and know that someone spilled water on the floor. A person slips and falls on the water, and the victim breaks their arm. The victim files a lawsuit and is able to prove that you knew about the spill, that you made no remedy and that you failed to warn visitors of the water on the floor. A judge could find you legally responsible for compensating that victim.
On the other hand, if you placed a wet floor sign over the spill, were on your way to get a mop bucket and had plans to remedy the hazard, the person would not have a case.
When a person is injured on someone’s property that has not been maintained in a reasonable way, they have the legal right to compensation for injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist a victim in filing a lawsuit in the local court.