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Premises Liability Lawyers Fort Lauderdale

Skilled Florida Lawyers Dedicated to Helping Victims Establish Premises Liability in Palm Beach County, FL

When you enter another person’s property, you have the right to expect that the property owner has maintained the property in a reasonably safe condition—especially when you enter the property to make some kind of a purchase. This is not just an unspoken rule between people, but instead is a well-established legal duty that property owners owe to those who enter their property. The legal duty to safely maintain property applies to almost all property owners, including store owners, homeowners, those who maintain commercial properties and businesses, and even owners of vacant land in some cases. Despite the well-settled nature of this area of law, complications often arise that make the help of an experienced premises liability lawyer necessary to succeed in recovering the financial compensation you need to move forward.

Our Fort Lauderdale premises liability lawyers have decades’ worth of experience identifying and overcoming the complications that can arise in premises liability cases and are here to help make sure you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. We represent clients who have been injured due to hazards on another person’s property throughout South Florida, including in Broward County and Palm Beach County.

Identifying When a South Florida Property Owner is Responsible for Accident Victims’ Injuries

Although all property owners owe a duty of care to those who enter their property, the level of care that must be exercised depends upon why you entered the property in the first place. Under Florida law, the property owner’s duty of care varies depending upon whether you were a business invitee, licensee (or guest), or trespasser, as follows:

  • Business invitees. Business invitees are invited onto the property because of the property owner’s profit motive—in other words, the property owner (or whoever occupies the property) invites you onto the property to conduct some type of business, such as a customer in a store, restaurant or amusement park. Owners owe the highest duty of care to these types of guests and have a duty to not only maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition but to inspect the property to discover any potential dangers and warn their guests about those dangers. Even if the owner did not know about the danger, but should have known upon reasonable inspection, that owner can be held responsible for resulting damages.
  • Licensees. A licensee is invited onto the owner’s property for a non-business reason, such as a guest at a party and other types of social invitees. These property owners must also maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition, but aren’t required to conduct inspections—and so are only responsible for dangerous conditions that they knew about.
  • Trespassers. When you trespass upon another person’s property, you are there illegally, so the property owner does not owe you a duty to maintain the property in safe condition. Despite this, the property owner legally cannot create conditions intended to cause you harm. In some cases, however, the property owner might be responsible if he or she was constructively aware that people were trespassing on the property, and knew of a dangerous condition.

Why Choose Florida Premises Liability Lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey to Protect Your Rights Following an Accident?

Our experienced premises liability lawyer at Lawlor, White & Murphey have the skills necessary to represent clients in all types of premises liability cases and have successfully handled premises liability cases involving:

  • Slip and fall accidents,
  • Negligent security,
  • Assault,
  • Failure to warn of hidden dangers,
  • Improperly maintained safety equipment,
  • Failure to properly maintain equipment such as elevators and escalators,
  • Negligently constructed property,
  • And more.

When you retain the lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey to represent you in your premises liability case, we will handle every aspect of your case, from start to finish, including:

  • Sending notices to the property owner to prevent the destruction of evidence,
  • Analyzing any available video surveillance,
  • Consulting with expert witnesses,
  • Identifying and interviewing eyewitnesses to the accident,
  • Examining the property itself to evaluate and document the dangerous conditions,
  • Negotiating with the property owner, insurance company and defense lawyers to reach a settlement agreement if possible,
  • Preparing and filing all required legal documents and fighting for your rights at trial if necessary.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with a Seasoned Fort Lauderdale Premises Liability Lawyer Today

If you have questions about your right to recover compensation after you sustained injuries in an accident in a store, restaurant or someone else’s property, call our offices today or fill out this brief online contact form and our lawyers will get back to you. We provide each of our clients with a free initial consultation to discuss options for proceeding in your case, and we also work on a contingency basis—so you aren’t required to make any additional financial outlay for legal help while you recover from your physical injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Premises Liability Cases

FAQ: What types of things do I have to prove to recover compensation in a premises liability case?
Our lawyers will first work to establish your reason for being on the property in order to establish the property owner’s duty of care. Then, we will identify evidence to prove that a dangerous condition existed on the property and that the property owner reasonably could have taken steps to remedy the danger to make the property safe. This requires showing that the owner knew about the dangerous, or reasonably should have known about the danger. In some cases, failure to adequately warn of the danger can be enough to establish liability.

FAQ: What is a negligent security claim?
Negligent security is a subset of premises liability and comes into play when the owner should have taken steps to ensure adequate security was present on the property in order to prevent harm to guests. Adequate security will vary depending upon the circumstances and can include installing surveillance cameras, proper lighting, fences, locks or even security guards. The premise behind these cases is that if a property owner should have realized that the property was located in a dangerous area, maintaining the property in reasonably safe condition might mean taking steps to install security for visitors.

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.


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John proved himself to be an attorney I could completely trust. His knowledge, experience and professionalism, mixed with his kindness and genuine concern for me and my family, were greatly appreciated.

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This is a fantastic team of lawyers! Everyone who worked there treated me like I was their most important case, even though it wasn't a major car accident case. I would highly recommend them.


Ben worked on my case tirelessly and always kept me informed. Throughout a very lengthy and complex case he was very compassionate, empathetic and distributed a wealth of knowledge.


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