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Premises Liability

Premises Liability is an area of a personal injury law that is relevant when a person has suffered an injury, due to the unsafe or dangerous condition of the property owned by another. A Premises Liability Personal Injury Attorney can handle your case with their unparalleled experience and knowledge during this stressful time in your life, to bring you the optimal compensation.

For 60 years Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. have been providing exceptional legal assistance to the Tampa Bay area. Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. is ranked by US News and World Reports as a Tier 1 Law Firm. Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas are both partners at Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. and have been repeatedly recognized by their peers, courts and the community as premiere lawyers in Personal Injury Law.

If you believe you have a Premises Liability case, use our Free Consultation service today to get started on receiving the help and compensation you deserve.

St Petersburg Premises Liability Attorney

Premises Liability Explained

Every day we all enter shops, restaurants, hospitals, transport stations, clubs and many more locations where we put our trust in the safety of these locations. We naturally expect these premises to be safe, but accidents can happen: a wet floor can cause a slip and fall, shelving can fall on someone’s head, or a dog can attack without warning signs or other advance warnings.

Property owners have an obligation to make sure their premises are up to safety standards and code, to prevent such incidents. They need to ensure that visitors are always safe, and this includes often overlooked aspects such as lighting and fire sprinklers. However, when they fail to do so and an injury occurs as a result, then they are liable to pay compensation to the victims. A personal injury claim can be made under Premises Liability.

Premises Liability Negligence

A Premises Liability Attorney must be able to prove that the cause of the injury was due to the business or owners’ failure to meet safety standards. Not all injuries that occur mean the property owners are liable. For example, in Florida, an owner can only be held liable for a slip or fall if the dangerous conditions were foreseeable or known of beforehand.

In a typically successful case the injured person must prove:

  • The property owner was aware or should have been aware of dangerous conditions.
  • The property owner failed to fix or give warnings of these dangerous conditions.
  • The person was injured as a result of the dangerous condition.

It is important to note that any person entering another person’s property is expected to behave with care.

Premises Liability LawyerTypes of Premises Liability Cases

There are many different cases for why a property owner may be liable for the injury. It may be extremely obvious, or something later revealed thanks to the work of a Premises Liability Personal Injury Attorney. Typical examples include:

  • A Slip or fall
  • Broken or dangerous sidewalks
  • Poor Lighting
  • Obstructions in pathways or stairs
  • Slippery floors
  • Inadequate handrails on stairways
  • Uneven steps on stairways
  • Badly lit stairwells
  • Faulty doors or windows
  • Negligently displayed products
  • Dog Bites
  • Elevator or Escalator Accidents
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Exposure
  • Fires
  • Negligent security measures

A significant example of the work of an attorney came in 2008 when Florida witnessed a now-famous case between Southstar Equity LLC v. Lai Chau. Lai Chau rented an apartment owned by Southstar Equity. One night while leaving her car in the apartment complex, she was abducted and shot three times in the head. Lai Chau’s survivors received $15.7 million in damages as it was proven that the rental company had lied about the criminal activity in the area.

Levels of Care

The level of care required from a property owner varies depending on the circumstances of which they entered the property. The four most common of these circumstances are:

Business Invitees

  • These are people who enter a property for business reasons. It is a broad term, but it would cover anyone: entering a grocery store to buy food, anyone who stops at a gas station, or even a plumber entering someone’s home to carry out work.
  • It is crucial that property owners keep conditions safe and give prior warning to any conditions.
  • Regular inspection should be taken of the property and owners may be liable for dangers they should have foreseen.


  • This is for people who are on a property for purely social reasons. This might be friends and family at a BBQ or a neighbor visiting.
    An owner may be liable if a licensee is injured due to unsafe conditions or known dangers that were given no warning (such as a dangerous dog or slippy floor).


  • Trespassers may have no permission to be on the property, but if they are injured, then they may still be able to claim against the owner. For example, this could be a tripwire or other life-threatening instrument causing injury.
  • The owner has to warn the trespasser of any unrecognizable dangers or harms, once the trespasser has been discovered on the property.


  • Special duty is owed to children, and special care must be taken to protect them.
  • The ‘Attractive Nuisance Doctrine’ means that property owners must take precaution so that any potentially dangerous property that may attract children is treated with special care.
  • For example, a swimming pool may need a fence with a locked gate.

Why hire a Premises Liability Personal Injury Attorney?

With more than 15 years of successful Personal Injury Law experience, we know that businesses and owners deny all and any fault they have in the cause of your injuries. We know that during this time, you’ll likely be extremely stressed and struggling to fully apply yourself to taking on the case alone. The other party will look to exploit this, making you accept a low, unfair offer.

We know what fair compensation looks like and won’t settle for less. We know where to look for evidence, what questions to ask and what experts in specific fields may be needed to testify for you. This is a complicated law, and the simplest of mistakes can result in a low offer or even failed case.

We’ll be your advocate and helping hand through the entire process, providing you the high-level knowledge to bring you the compensation you rightfully deserve.


I was involved in an accident in Bradenton, not even the St. Pete area! I was hit by a large truck, injured and my truck totaled! Mr. McQuaid was extremely helpful, from everything to follow ups, keeping me informed, making sure I had what I needed. He definitely looks out for his clients and has their best interest in mind! He made me feel very comfortable, and was genuinely concerned with my health and well being! He even went over and above a few times to help me! His staff is just as professional and helpful as he was! I give him and his staff a standing ovation! Thank you for all your help and everything you did to help and take care of me and my case! I know who I'm calling with any future issues that I need handled in a prompt and professional manor! Thank you again for all your help!read more
Sister Sara
15:15 19 Sep 19
I am happy to recommend Sean McQuaid to others who are looking for a car accident attorney. My family and I were injured in a car accident when visiting St. Petersburg. Mr. McQuaid was extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with every step along the way. We were very pleased with the results given the circumstances.
Chester Fun
23:06 02 Sep 19
I'm very happy that I chose Mr. McQuaid to represent me after the car accident. This was my first time dealing with this sort of problem and didn't know exactly where to start, but Mr. McQuaid stepped in and pointed me in the right direction. He set me up with all the necessary medical appointments and got the ball rolling. He handled all the paperwork and kept me updated. He is very professional and I highly advise anyone who needs a great Attorney to choose Mr. McQuaid.
Richard Drude
16:31 27 Aug 19
I love mcquaid hes been my attorney for years now. He is great with solving cases and hes good with working with his client's best interests hes a real deal big dog!!! I love them and I would refer everyone that needs a criminal or personal injury lawyer to mcquaid!!
Hynita Mitchell
13:52 26 Aug 19
I was injured in a car accident a couple of years ago. The woman who rear-ended me had minimal insurance coverage, so it was not enough to cover the costs of care I needed due to my injures. I had a severe neck injury and injured both of my TM joints. I suffered from major headaches and neck pain. Despite my treating doctors indicating that I have permanent injures, my own auto insurer refused the demand for my own underinsured motorist coverage. As a result of the denial by my insurance company, Mr. Douglas filed suit on my behalf. He and his staff were wonderful to work with. They were super responsive and walked me through the entire process. He was able to obtain a good settlement for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Douglas, and his law more
Laurel Harris
21:14 03 Aug 19
Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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