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Helping you navigate a premises liability action

When one thinks of premises liability cases, they likely think of slip-and-fall incidences. While falls due to slips and trips frequently give rise to these cases, these are not the only accidents that could take place on the property of another. Whether it is private or public property, a property owner owes a duty to visitors. He or she has the duty to keep their property clear of any hazards. That means warning visitors of any known dangers and repairing hazards as soon as possible.

When an individual in Florida is invited onto the property of another, whether as a visitor or customer, he or she is under the impression that the property is safe. Unfortunately this is not always the case, which is why the attorneys at The Briggs Law Firm are focused on guiding clients through these challenging matters and helping them recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and all other losses associated with the incident.

Car accident injuries may not show up right away

Motor vehicle accidents happen every single day here in Florida. Many of them are only minor fender-benders and thought to be no big deal, but even these relatively minor accidents can cause victims pain -- in a number of ways. Whether your accident was mild, moderate or severe in nature, any injuries you've suffered may not show up right away.

Delayed-onset injuries are a very real thing. Some injuries can take hours, days or even weeks to present themselves. If you are experiencing delayed-onset injuries following a car crash, experts advise seeking help right away.

What weather condition causes the most accidents?

Whether an individual is a resident of Florida or is just visiting, one is fairly familiar with the weather in Florida. This often means warm temperatures but could mean frequent afternoon rains or hurricane season. Although many northerners travel to Florida for the winter months do evade the frigid temperatures and snow covered roads, the reality is that even a warm state like Florida can still experience inclement weather.

What weather condition causes the most accidents? Based on current statistics by the U.S. Department of Transportation, rain and wet roadways is the type of weather road condition that causes the most car accidents each year when compared to other inclement weather conditions. It was found that 1,235,000 crashes occur each year due to weather, resulting in around 5,000 deaths and over 418,000 injuries.

Helping you assert a premises liability action

With the holiday season in full swing, many residents in Florida and elsewhere are likely planning on celebrating this time of year by vising friends and family, attending holiday events and celebrations and frequently visiting public places to shop. While it is common to enter the property of others throughout the year, this time of year is likely a time where it occurs more frequently. And with each event or shopping trip, individuals should be aware of their rights if they suffer an injury at the property of another's.

Whether it is a slip-and-fall due to a split liquid, a trip on a rug that is not properly secured, a fall on the stairs due to a broken step or railing or an injury caused by a falling object, it is possible for an injured party to hold a property owner liable for the harms caused by an accident on their property.

Vicarious liability claim may be justified after truck accident

A semi-truck can cause devastation when involved in an accident. In too many instances, these wrecks leave individuals with serious injuries that oftentimes leave them with long-lasting physical injuries. While painful, these injuries can also leave an individual with temporary or permanent disability. On top of this, truck accident victims usually suffer extensive financial losses, primarily on account of unexpected medical expenses and lost wages. The combination of physical pain and suffering and financial loss can quickly become overwhelming, thereby leaving individuals in a fragile emotional state.

Although it can be frightening to face these realities after a truck accident, victims should take comfort knowing that they may be able to recover compensation for their damages by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. These claims are generally filed against the negligent trucker who caused the accident in question, but these individuals are typically unable to pay the full extent of the damages they caused, even if a judge and jury hold them liable for a victim's losses. Since this is frequently the case, truck accident victims should consider also pursuing a vicarious liability claim against the truck company who employed the negligent trucker in question.

What is comparative negligence?

The legal concept of negligence is a complex one. Generally, negligence is considered the failure of a person to fulfill their duty of care to a second individual and the injury of the second individual caused by the negligent party's breach of their duty. Florida recognizes negligence as a basis for a personal injury claim and requires victims to prove the elements of negligence to recover their damages.

However, when a personal injury accident victim sues the party that caused their harm based on negligence, the allegedly responsible party may claim that the victim was also negligent in the occurrence of the accident. When a victim is also negligent at the time of their accident and contributes to the situation that caused their injury, they may be partially held to blame for their losses.

Elderly travelers in Florida at risk because of driver negligence

Whether you're a Florida resident over age 65 who often travels as a passenger in a loved one's vehicle, takes a shuttle bus from a condominium complex or assisted living facility or still gets behind the wheel to drive, safety often hinges upon the actions of other motorists nearby. You may take some solace in the fact that every driver is legally obligated to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations.

The problem is that, not all of them do. In fact, some motorists are downright reckless and think it's no big deal to drive at excessive speeds or accelerate to try to beat a yellow light. Other issues, such as consumption of alcohol or drugs, distractions in or out of a particular vehicle, or anger issues that result in road rage may be placing you at risk for serious injury as well.

Categorizing burn injuries based on severity

Burns are common injuries for Florida residents. Many members of the state's population have suffered sunburns from being outside for too long without protection, and others have accidentally touched hot surfaces with pads or other barriers to insulate them from the heat. Minor burns should be assessed and properly treated, but individuals who suffer serious burns may require long-term medical help to survive.

Burns are categorized based on the severity. For example, a first degree burn is a burn that only affects the top layer of a person's skin. These burns generally heal on their own without medical intervention. Second degree burns are more serious and penetrate into the dermis below the outer skin. These burns may blister, leave scars and be more painful than first degree burns.

Compensation for victims of premises liability accidents

Slips and falls, trips, stumbles, and other accidents where victims topple over surfaces and structures can be physically painful and financially burdensome when medical treatment is necessary. These accidents are often included in the area of personal injury law called premises liability because they are often tied to property or land conditions. In Florida and jurisdictions throughout the country, victims of premises liability accidents often can sue for the recovery of their losses.

Property owners often have a duty to maintain their land, homes, and other property in a condition that is safe for others. This is particularly true when they allow others to enter into or onto that property, or when they know that others enter their property without their permission. The failure of a property owner to maintain their residential, commercial, or land-based property in a safe and secure manner may result in their liability for others injuries when they are harmed therein.

Car accidents can cause damage to internal organs

Humans are incredible organisms that are capable of performing many tasks and activities. When a Florida resident truly thinks about all of the processes that their body can and does perform it is truly mind boggling. However, when accidents and injuries cause damage to the body, major systems can begin to malfunction and shut down. Car accidents are a common cause of serious injuries in humans and can inflict painful and even life-threatening harm on those afflicted.

One often forgotten form of injury that victims can suffer from car accidents is organ damage. Humans have many different vital organs inside of their torsos and abdomens, and when they are in car accidents these organs can be seriously damaged. Impacts from pulls on seat belts, hitting the steering wheel of the car, or getting thrown from a vehicle can all result in organ injuries.

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