We have all seen them. The funny slip-and-fall videos constantly posted on social media. The ones with captions like, "We all have that clumsy friend," or "How my day is going." In the moment, as a light-hearted display, they can be humorous. However, they have a not so funny side as well. Many times debilitating injuries can occur as a result of that fall. Once the initial shock and embarrassment wear off, these individuals sometimes need significant medical attention for broken bones among other injuries.
Many people may go out for a drink with friends, thinking it is going to be a great, fun night. While standing by the bar waiting to order, when suddenly, a drunken brawl breaks out right nearby. Suddenly, there is nowhere to go, and by the time the fight is broken up by security, instead of receiving a drink, the bar-goer receives a black eye and bloody lip. These scenarios happen often in bars across the country.
So you went to a barbecue at a friend's house. When the time came to leave, you were walking down the driveway when you turned around to wave goodbye one last time, and you stepped on an oil slick. This caused you to slip, fall and break your ankle. Now what? Who has to pay the medical bills?
When we step outside our doors and onto other people's property, we place trust in others to keep their property reasonably safe. Indeed, property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe so that visitors are not injured by property hazards.
When a Tampa shopper enters a mall or other retail establishment, they are generally focused on finding the goods that they need so that they may buy them, leaving the store, and going about their day. Few consider the dangers that may be present as they walk the stores' aisles and climb their escalators. In the following paragraphs, this post will discuss some of the common hazards that lead to personal injury accidents in shopping malls, injuries that can compel victims to pursue premises liability lawsuits.
Our readers have probably experienced a situation like or very similar to this: after parking their car and shopping indoors for a few hours they leave and find that it has gotten dark. They generally remember where they parked, but since some of the lights in the parking lot have gone out it is hard to see exactly where they are going. Maybe they make it to their vehicle without any trouble, but maybe they trip on a crack in the pavement of the lot, or slip on a patch of oil or water. Maybe in the darkness they do not see a step and fall when they are unable to catch their footing.
A dog bite can lead to serious medical complications, depending on the severity of the injury the animal inflicts, or if the animal carries a disease. As animals are generally considered the property of their owners, when Florida residents are hurt by dangerous dogs, their negligence-based legal claims can fall under premises liability law.
Children have a unique way of making seemingly benign objects dangerous through their creativity and general lack of regard for safety. In some cases, a Tampa adult may not recognize the hazards a particular property condition presents until a child demonstrates those dangers. However, in other cases, a dangerous property condition, though unappealing to adults, may lure children to it and subject them to serious threats to their health and well-being.
Premises liability law generally allows an injured party to sue the owner of a parcel of land or real property, where the injured party suffered their harm. However, as many Tampa residents know, not all individuals own the properties in which they live. A number of people rent houses, apartments and condos from others.
It is an unfortunate fact that some Tampa residents will be hurt in premises liability accidents when they visit their local gas stations, grocery stores, and other businesses. Sometimes these incidents occur on wet interior floors where a victim unsuspectingly stepped and slipped, causing a fall and a preventable injury. However, property dangers can pose threats to individuals even before they reach their intended destinations' doors, and this post will examine just a few of the premises liability problems that may exist just outside of retail structures while still on their properties.