If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has died due to an accident in a commercial building, contact us today.
Have you or a loved one suffered a severe accident in Florida on the premises of a commercial building?
Many times, determining what exactly caused an accident and proving that it stemmed from the property owner's negligence can be difficult.
When gathering evidence to build your case, it's essential to know that the law allows you to bring a claim against the party liable for violating building safety rules, deriving from:
As the commercial building owner is generally responsible for conditions on the property that could harm others, you can often win your case with proof that the property owner violated the building codes.
If you can find a building code violation that links up to the injury, the property owner is immediately assigned negligence due to a legal concept called negligence per se. In other words, the owner is determined to be automatically negligent. So you can see why this is so crucial to your legal claim.
Florida's Building Code is a statewide set of standards that address every aspect of buildings that owners must comply with for public health and safety. The owner must know all the rules and regulations that affect their property and keep up with any changes to them.
According to the law, a violation of the Building Code:
Examples of Building Code Violations include but are not limited to:
To prove that a commercial building owner violated building safety codes, you need to get the proper evidence in your favor. Briefly, to establish a party has been negligent, you must show that:
It will be necessary to identify the specific duties that the owner failed to uphold to build your case. In many cases, it can help to check with the local inspection agency to see if the property owner has received any warning or fines.
Failure to follow building rules and regulations can threaten people's safety in many ways, including through the following types of injuries:
If you have reason to believe a property owner violated the building code, contact us today for additional information or arrange a consultation with a commercial building accident attorney.
Our experienced and skilled commercial building accident legal team has obtained a resounding $12 million jury verdict on behalf of the family of a man who died after falling through a skylight because the building owner did not uphold his obligation to keep the property safe.
Sean M. Cleary, the president and founder of The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, has represented victims of negligence in Florida since 1998.
At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we understand the value of using building safety rules, such as the Florida Building Code, to prosecute our commercial building accident cases.