In legal terms, if you are a customer in a store, then you are an invited "guest." Stores, restaurants and hotels owe a duty of care to guests, and that means the property owner or the business tenant must inspect and maintain the property, as well as warn guests of any known dangers.
If failure to fulfill that duty of care results in a guest's injuries, then a premises liability lawsuit may be the only way for an injured person to receive compensation for costs such as medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and other damages. With that said, let's consider some situations in which a property owner owes a duty of care to an invited guest.
Sometimes a property owner's failure to provide appropriate security results in a person's injuries. For example, maybe a hotel hires a person with a violent criminal history. If that person harms a guest, then the guest may have grounds to hold the hotel liable for not doing an adequate background check.
Failure to keep areas of a property lit may be another example of negligence. If a person trips and falls on an unlit pathway or stairwell, or if an injurious mugging occurs in a dark parking lot, then the property owner may be liable for injuries.
The safety of swimming pools is another major concern in South Florida, especially as the volume of tourists increases during the summer months. Negligent pool maintenance can result in electrocution and other injuries, and unguarded swimming pools also pose a risk to guests.
If you have questions about negligent security in Florida, then our premises liability overview may prove helpful.