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August 2016 Archives

Premises Liability On Government Property

In general, property owners owe a duty of care to guests invited onto their premises. Owners are required to perform maintenance to remedy any safety issues they know, or should know, about. Premises liability lawsuits often involve properties with many visitors. Grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, theme parks, bars, apartment buildings and the like are common locations for injuries caused by dangerous conditions. The process of getting proper compensation from a property owner is complicated when the owner is a government entity. Whether the property belongs to the federal, state, country or municipal government, there are issues to consider if you have been injured.

Tips for avoiding back-to-school accidents for kids

It's finally back-to-school season - an exciting time for parents as well as their kids! With classes and after-school activities ramping up again, parents should also begin to think about how to keep their children and teens safe and injury-free. Read on for more tips to kick the school year off safely, because one accident can mean lifelong injury.

Senior citizens and slip-and-falls

Many seniors in Florida are more agile and mobile than ever before. However, they have a higher risk of slipping and falling. Because of this risk, many older people often sustain injuries that result in them needing some form of medical care. According to Comfort Keepers, falls can severely compromise an older person’s quality of life. Seniors who suffer severe injuries from falling may lose their ability to live independently which can lead to the development of isolation, depression, physical and social issues.

What Causes Traffic Accidents?

In the aftermath of a car accident, it is not always clear what went wrong. People refer to car collisions as accidents, but they are often the natural result of poor decisions by drivers. Human errors come in many different forms, from passive mistakes like the failure to check mirrors, to active mistakes like the decision to pass someone when it isn't safe to do so. Understanding what causes car accidents can help you avoid the mistakes that are most likely to cause injury, or even lead to a wrongful death on the road.

Accident at Key West resort leaves tourist paralyzed

Hotels and resorts in Florida have a duty to protect their guests from foreseeable harm and dangerous conditions. However, even when appropriate measures are taken, resort accidents can still happen. Property owners can also be held liable for any incidents that occur on their property, especially those that stem from hazards that they should have known about.

Accidents Involving Hotel Guests Are Generally Covered

All property owners have a duty of care to the visitors they invite onto their property. When it comes to businesses, like hotels, offering public accommodation there are additional rules and expectations about discrimination and access that private residences do not share. If a hotel fails to provide adequate security or maintains their premises in an unsafe condition, many people are placed in danger. The scope of the problem means that the vast majority of hotels in Florida purchase insurance to pay for injury claims filed by guests. 

Dangers of amusement park rides

The lure of amusement and theme parks is hard to ignore for many people in Florida. However, as fun and exciting as amusement parks may be, they are also full of dangers that can lead to injury and even death. According to the NY Times, amusement park guests have a much higher chance of being struck by lightning or hit by a car than they do of sustaining serious injuries at theme parks. The chances of injury are one out of 24 million.

Losing A Loved One Is A Nightmare

When someone you love is unexpectedly taken from you, the pain can be unbearable. When the loss is the result of someone else's negligence or intentional misdeeds, it can add a layer of directed anger on top of what you are already experiencing in your grief. There is no harder time in which to have to make vital decisions. Unfortunately, after losing a loved one in an accident, there are things you need to do to protect yourself and your family going forward.

Can I be sued if someone is injured on my property?

As a homeowner in Florida, you can primarily control who has access to your property. However, if someone is injured on your property, he or she may be able to sue you for their ordeal. According to SFGate, that someone could even be a burglar who became injured while he or she was breaking into your home.

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