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.
It is almost inevitable that at some point in a Florida resident's life they will suffer a slip-and-fall accident. Sometimes these preventable accidents are self-inflicted: a person may leave something on the floor or on their steps and then step on it, causing them to fall and injure themselves. However, many slip-and-fall accidents are the fault of others, and when they are caused by another party's negligence the victim's losses may be recoverable.
Hot weather has returned to Florida, and many people escape the heat by spending time at the pool. Some people choose to visit a community pool. However, many people go swimming at a friend or relative's house. But, swimming can be a dangerous activity. There is always the risk of drowning, slip-and-fall accidents and diving accidents at a homeowner's pool. This may make private pool owners wonder if they are liable for accidents that take place in their pools.
Injuries are common in nursing homes and, indeed, injury-related deaths are common in nursing homes as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1,800 adults living in assisted care facilities die from fall-related injuries each year, and many more sustain permanently disabling injuries.
Playgrounds can be oases of fun in the summer for kids, but they can also pose some serious dangers. According to the results of one recent study by the federal government, swings and monkey bars are often the culprits in the uptick in concussions occurring on playgrounds.
The recent tragic death of a teen in Alabama illustrates a danger faced by many Florida residents as well. The 15-year-old cheerleader jumped into a lake for a dip after picnicking nearby.
Within a few weeks, the main Florida tourist season will be upon us. Florida businesses like hotels and restaurants depend heavily on the influx of tourism dollars to keep their coffers full year round.
For many parts of Florida, spring break is almost at its peak. While there is nothing wrong with youthful exuberance, whenever alcohol and bodies of water combine, the risk of drowning rises.
Can a business or property owner predict that a crime could be committed against someone on their premises? As it turns out, the Florida courts sometimes rule that owners are responsible for damages stemming from "foreseeable crimes." Consider the following scenario:
One of the benefits of living in Florida is being able to enjoy swimming year round in pools and soaking in outdoor spas. However, there are inherent safety hazards with both activities.