Negligent Security

Florida landowners have different duties to those entering their property, depending on the individual present. Florida maintains different duties that landowners owe to different types of people entering their land. The three categories of entrants are trespassers, licensees, and invitees. Florida landowners have a duty to those on their property. At the Davis Law Firm we know the duties that a landowner owes to you when you’re on their premises.

Generally, landowners do not owe a duty to trespassers, with certain exceptions. Licensees are those persons who enter a property with the permission of the landowner, either explicit or implied. These individuals enter the premises for their own pleasure or benefit, and include both social guests and people that enter the property to sell goods. The duty landowners have to licensees is a duty not to intentionally harm them, as well as to either fix known dangers or sufficiently warn of their existence. Licensees, in general, enter a property and assume the risk of injury from any risks that they should be aware of.

Invitees are those persons who have been invited to the premises to provide a material benefit to the landowner, often for business transactions or if the individuals are employees. Land open to the public also turns all entrants into invitees. The duty a landowner owes to these individuals is a duty of reasonable care to protect them against both known dangers and those that could be revealed by a close inspection of the premises. Invitees have been described as having reason to believe that the premises have been made safe to receive them.

If you are injured on someone else’s land or business premises, you may have a claim against the landowner.  Call the Davis Law Firm to discuss how we can help with your negligent security claim.


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