The association is responsible to maintain the area in a reasonable safe condition. If the area was not reasonably safe the association may be liable for your incident. In addition, if the association knew or should have known the area was not safe, they had a duty to warn or direct you to a safe access. You may also bear some of the fault for your injury depending on the facts. If you have used this access before and were aware of the condition a jury may find you at least partly responsible. You should seek the advice of an attorney to evaluate your claim and learn about your rights.
In addition to the answer by my colleague,which presents a very concise summary of Fl law, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney for a full examination of the ramp.
Falls involving ramps can involve date of construction ,applicable buiding codes, "grid" checks to see if EMTs were previously called for other falls and a host of different factors.
I am sorry about your injury and to protect your rights (and to document the condition before too much time passes) ,please consult with counsel.
Consult with a PI attorney. Good luck!
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
If the business owner knows or should have known of a dangerous condition on the premises that he or she knew was possible or "foreseeable" or could present a danger to patrons, then he or she is said to have a duty to exercise ordinary care in either:
1. removing the hazard; or
2 at the very least, warning of the hazard
The patron has an absolute right to assume that the business premises are reasonably safe unless there are obvious conditions or indications to the contrary of that assumption.
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