What is premises liability?

Premises liability is commonly referred to as slip and fall, it could be you tripped on an unsafe condition in someone’s parking lot, a wide range of things. Premises liability is the premise that a property owner has the duty to keep their property reasonably safe and it hinges upon the type of person is injured on their property as to which duty they owe to each respective person.


The first type of person a property owner may owe a duty to is called an invitee. Invitees, for example, are customers shopping at a property during business hours are business invitees of that property. This means they are owed the highest duty of care by the business to keep their property reasonably safe. Property owners should do the inspections to make sure there is no water on the floor, make sure the parking lot is in good condition and doesn’t cause anyone to trip because of large potholes or uneven cracks.


These individuals could be considered social guests. They are not there for business purposes whereas someone who is invited to a home, for example. These individuals are typically owed a duty of care that is not as strict as invitees but also not as low as a trespasser. This is an intermediate level of care that hinges on a number of technical things. If you are interested in learning more about licensees in a premises liability case, be sure to call Marie Schoeb at Busciglio Sheridan & Schoeb (813) 225-2695.


In general, these situations are based on a case by case basis and offered the lowest duty of care by a property owner. If you find yourself in a situation where you have suffered from a slip and fall from a business, first focus on getting better, getting help, and getting the treatment you need. Also, if there is someone with you, have them get a copy of the incident report that is made. Once you receive the incident report, make sure you contact an attorney as soon as reasonably possible because you don’t want to lose evidence on your case. An attorney will be able to send a “letter of preservation” to make sure any videos that may be on a loop and can be deleted after a period of time, is preserved for later use.The next thing you would do is keep a list of all medical treating facilities you have visited; doctors, hospitals, ambulances, and other facilities included in your treatment. This will help your attorney determine where they should order your medical records so that your billing is accounted for.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of premises liability or suffered a slip and fall, make sure you call the attorneys at Busciglio Sheridan Schoeb to help defend your case and be your partners in law.