In Florida, an invitee is someone who comes on the property at the invitation of the landowner. The reason for the invitation does not matter. Wood v. Camp, Fla. 1973, 284 So.2d 691.
There is no difference between commercial (business), public, and social invitees.
What are some examples of invitees in Florida personal injury cases?
- Shopper at a store like Walmart, Target, Costco
- Shopper at a supermarket such as Publix Supermarket or Winn-Dixie Stores
- Customer eating at a restaurant like Subway
- Guest staying at a hotel, motel or resort
- Guest at an amusement park like Walt Disney World in Orlando, Universal Studios, Epcot
- Owner of a condominium unit using the common area of the building. Common areas include parking lots, swimming pool areas and more.
Other examples of invitees are:
- Friend or relative who is visiting a resident of an apartment complex or condominium
- A patron at a shopping mall or strip mall
- A customer at a day spa, salon or barber shop
- A child at a day care or community center
- A guest or member of a golf or country club, or golf course
- Student at a private or public school, or college or university
- Customer at a gas station or convenience store
- A firefighter or law enforcement officer who enters the premises of another to do their professional duties (Fla. Stat. § 112.182.)
Why does the Standard of the Injured Party Matter in a Florida Premises Liability Case?
If you claim that your injury was caused by a dangerous condition on the premises, then your status determines the duty that owner or occupier owes you.
Standard of Care Owed to Invitees in Florida
In Florida, property owners are liable to invitees if the owner negligently fails to:
- correct a dangerous condition which is either known to the owner or should be known to him by the use of reasonable care;
- warn of a dangerous condition about which the property owner had or should have had knowledge greater than the invitee
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