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Commercial Premises Liability Cases: Understanding Your Legal Options

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on July 20, 2016

An escalator at a shopping mallThe lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will not be shaken or intimidated. Whether taking on powerful landlords or major corporations, our lawyers believe in the rule of law and the people of Daytona Beach. We will side with our clients every step of the way to ensure that justice is served.

This kind of diligence is especially important in premises liability lawsuits that result in serious injuries. Many times these kinds of cases involve commercial property, a matter we'd like to consider in some detail right now.

“Commercial Property” Defined

Also known as commercial real estate, commercial property refers to a kind of building or land that is used to generate revenue for the property owner. This can be generated through rental income or capital gain.

Examples of Commercial Property

While the above definition may sound inordinately technical, in essence, the term commercial property covers many kinds of properties we encounter every day. Some examples of commercial property include:

  • Shopping centers
  • Retail stores
  • Office buildings
  • Multi-family housing/apartments
  • Warehouses
  • Garages
  • Land used for farming

Owners of a commercial property need to ensure safe conditions for workers, customers, and visitors to said property. However, accidents can happen, and in many instances these accidents are avoidable.

Injuries at Commercial Properties

Injuries of all kinds can occur while an employee or visitor is on a commercial property. Some examples include:

  • A slip and fall accident at a grocery store due to a slippery floor
  • A fall down the stairs at a hotel due to the lack of a banister
  • An injury sustained while riding an escalator at a shopping mall
  • Electrocution at a workplace as a result of exposed and faulty wiring
  • Long-term poor health due to toxic mold exposure at an apartment complex
  • Head injury due to a falling light fixture at a retail clothing store

About Premises Liability Lawsuits

Premises liability lawsuits refers to cases that are filed against property owners by people injured on their property or the loved ones of the injured parties. An important component of these sorts of lawsuits is that the accident or incident that resulted in an injury could have been avoided had the property owner not been negligent.

These kinds of lawsuits are intended to hold the property owner responsible for the injuries that were sustained, covering medical bills and other losses and deterring acts of negligence in the future.

Damages in Premises Liability Lawsuits

Compensatory and punitive damages will be sought in premises liability lawsuits. Compensatory damages will cover actual losses sustained as a result of an injury, such as medical bills and lost wages for take off of work. Punitive damages, by contrast, will be sought to punish the negligent party in excess of the material losses that were sustained.

Given the complexities of premises liability and injury laws, it's important that you partner with a skilled attorney. They will know the laws that apply to your case and how to help you in your time of legal need.

Speak with the Lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau

To learn more about your legal options after a serious injury at a business or commercial property of any kind, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau are here to help you in your time of legal need.

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