Commercial landlords in Florida and other parts of the country have a huge responsibility. They have a duty to keep premises free of hazards. This can be an overwhelming task, considering that commercial properties — including parking lots — are heavily used by customers. However, dangerous conditions can arise at any time, causing serious injury. One man is suing a commercial landlord after he tripped and fell in a parking lot and allegedly broke both hands.
The victim is seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, discomfort and mental anguish. It is unknown how much money he is seeking in damages.
The incident happened on March 11, 2013, in Louisiana. The man was leaving a CVS Pharmacy when he tripped and fell in the parking lot. Both hands were broken, requiring extensive medical treatment. The man has filed a premises liability lawsuit against the landlord, accusing him of failing to provide a safe environment, failing to warn others of dangerous conditions and failure to follow building codes, among other claims.
It is unclear what type of dangerous condition existed that caused the man to trip. Was there something that the man actually tripped over such as a large crack or uneven pavement? If there was a condition caused by a lack of repair, then the landlord could be considered a negligent property owner.
If you have been injured to a owner’s dangerous property, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. Understanding your rights under Florida law is one way to begin the process.
Source: The Louisiana Record, “Commercial property sued by a man who alleges he broke both hands in fall” Kyle Barnett, Apr. 03, 2014