Articles Posted in Premises Liability

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slip hazardIf you have been injured in a trip and fall accident, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami premises liability attorney who can evaluate your case and determine your rights.

The Florida Supreme Court has previously ruled that an express assumption of risk only exists in express contracts not to sue and injuries caused by contact sports. In a recent case, the Fifth District Court of Appeal addressed the concept of assumption of risk in Florida.

Assumption of risk is a common defense used by many defendants in Florida personal injury cases. Under the assumption of risk doctrine, courts can prevent plaintiffs from holding others accountable for their injuries when they engage in an activity that they know is dangerous. In other words, a plaintiff cannot sue for injuries when the plaintiff was partaking in a hazardous activity for which the risks were known.

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storeWhile most retail stores are well-run places where customers can browse and make purchases safely, the reality is that some accidents are bound to happen in these spaces. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a retail store, you may be able to seek compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami premises liability attorneys understand how to navigate these types of cases and can put our knowledge to use in your case.

In a recent lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida, a St. Lucie County plaintiff is suing an Apple store for an injury suffered while in the store. According to the complaint, the plaintiff had arrived to the store to have her iPhone repaired. An employee went to retrieve an iPhone case from a wall located within the store. At that time, the store employee dropped a sharp metal shelf bolder on the plaintiff’s left arm while looking for an iPhone case for her.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, accidents do not just happen. In fact, nine out of 10 customer accidents result from some form of negligence. In the case at hand, the plaintiff seeks damages for her injuries, which she alleges are serious and have caused her to become lame and disabled and may even result in permanent injuries. The plaintiff further alleges that her injuries were caused solely by the negligence of the defendant without any contributory negligence on her part.

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schoolBy this time of year, students and parents have typically settled into new school routines in their new classrooms. A new school year can be exciting, and parents expect their children to be safe as their children transition into it. Unfortunately, the reality is that many children in Florida and throughout the United States are injured on school grounds each year. If your child has been hurt in a classroom at school, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami school injury attorney who can evaluate your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

According to the research conducted by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and under sustain school-related injuries each year. While a number of these are unintentional, they are often results of negligence, such as lack of teacher supervision or poorly maintained facilities on a school campus. In fact, lack of supervision causes or contributes to approximately 40 percent of playground injuries.

School injuries can have a variety of causes, including the following:

  • Defective playground equipment;
  • Failure to supervise;
  • Failure to use appropriate safety equipment for a given activity;
  • Improper food preparation;
  • Lack of emergency preparedness;
  • Insufficient maintenance on school grounds (such as not removing asbestos tiles).

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rollerbladeProperty owners in Florida have a legal obligation to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition so as not to injure those who visit the property. If you or your loved one has been injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami premises liability attorneys can examine the facts of your case and help you determine your rights and options.

In a recent Florida case, the appellate court discussed the applicability of a recreational use statute to a skating injury. The facts of the case are as follows. The plaintiff was rollerblading on a city street when he tripped over a pothole and sustained serious injuries. The plaintiff went on to file a premises liability claim against the city, claiming that the City was negligent in failing to repair or warn against the pothole that caused his injuries.

Florida Statute, Section 316.0085, also known as the Recreational Statute, is intended to promote skateboarding and inline skating along with other recreational activities. The statute expressly states that if a government entity sets aside an area for these types of activities, that government entity is not liable for any resulting injuries in the area in the absence of a failure to warn about a hazardous condition of which someone does not and could not reasonably be expected to have notice. Put simply, the statute says that the government is not liable for injuries that occur at skate parks and areas where skateboarding is allowed.

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apartmentAirbnb has become a popular option for travelers in Florida, the United States, and even the world. Cheaper accommodations and increased privacy are just some of the reasons people choose Airbnb over traditional hotels. While most people stay at these properties without incident, the reality is that accidents do happen. If you have been injured at an Airbnb property, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami premises liability attorney who can protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we will look into the facts of your case and come up with a legal strategy accordingly.

Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with individuals looking for accommodations. Since Airbnb’s founding in 2008, 140 million guests have stayed at these properties. In cities like Paris, San Francisco, and Seattle, the size of the host-and-guest community in 2016 approached or exceeded 20 percent of the population. In 2016, the company reported more than 750,000 guests in Florida.

As with any other type of property, people can get injured at these short-term rentals. The types of injuries that can occur include:

  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents;
  • Electrical fires and burns;
  • Poor lighting causing accidents;
  • Broken furniture or cabinets injuring guests;
  • Broken stairs or steps causing falls or traumatic injuries; and
  • Broken tiles or pavers leading to injuries.

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poolPool owners and operators in Florida have an obligation to maintain their pools to make sure that individuals who use the pool are not injured. Part of this obligation includes ensuring that pool chemicals are in check and the pool is sanitary at all times. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a pool chemical accident, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case.

The CDC has warned homeowners with swimming pools about the potential dangers caused by the improper use of pool chemicals. These dangers include poisoning as well as severe chemical burns from improperly used or mixed chemicals. The CDC found that injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 preventable emergency room visits in 2012. Nearly half of these preventable injuries affected children and teenagers, and more than a third took place at home. Pool chemical injuries were the most common during the summer swim season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and almost half of these occurred on weekends.

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slip hazardSlip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, the case may seem relatively straightforward. However, this is not always the case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami premises liability attorney can assess the merits of your case and help you try to hold the negligent parties accountable. With years of experience, we have helped many South Florida clients and can help you as well.

Property owners in Florida have an obligation to maintain their premises in reasonably safe conditions in order not to injure those who enter the land. Under Florida law, a property owner is not automatically liable simply because someone was injured on his or her property. Instead, a property owner will be liable if he or she was negligent. Negligence occurs when a property owner causes an injury by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent property owner in the same situation would have used. Negligence can also take place through omission, namely, a failure to act when there is a duty to do so.

Establishing liability in a slip and fall case can be complicated for a number of reasons, one of them being the doctrine of pure comparative negligence. Pure comparative negligence apportions relative fault among all of the parties involved. Under the doctrine, your recovery will be limited by your amount of negligence. For example, if your actions are deemed to be 20 percent responsible, your damages will be reduced by that amount. In sum, you will be entitled to an award of 80 percent of your total monetary recovery.

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Fires can have devastating consequences for people’s lives. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a fire on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the at-fault party. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami premises liability attorneys understand that burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries an individual can suffer, which is why we can aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve in your case.

In Florida, as in every other state, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises to prevent risks of injuries to others. When property owners fail to do this, they can be liable for any injuries that people sustain on the premises. The obligation to maintain one’s property includes taking the necessary steps to prevent a fire from occurring on the property, as well as measures to deal with a fire, should one occur. Some steps a property owner can take to do this are as follows:

  • Have proper, working smoke detectors;
  • Have proper, working sprinkler systems;
  • Have proper fire escape systems;
  • Have proper signage pointing to the fire escape system;
  • Make sure the building is up to code; and
  • Make sure there are no faulty electric outlets or natural gas leaks.

It is important to note that a property owner is not responsible for injuries simply because something happens on the property. In some cases, a fire can break out and spread even if a property owner takes all of the appropriate measures to avoid such an incident. As a result, in order to be liable, property owners must have done something wrong or failed to do something they were supposed to do.

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bankA Florida appellate court recently addressed the following issue:  could a bank be liable after a woman fell in a hole in a construction zone on the bank’s property?

The facts of the case are as follows. A woman drove to a Florida bank to make a deposit through the drive-thru teller. Upon her arrival, she realized that the bank was closed. She decided to make the deposit through the bank’s outdoor ATM. Once she parked, she noticed that the area was under construction, since there was a barricade in front of the ATM and a sign directing customers to walk around it. As the woman walked around, she stepped in a pothole, which caused her to fall and sustain injuries. She had not seen the pothole but conceded that there was nothing precluding her from looking down and seeing it.

The woman then filed a lawsuit against the bank as well as its general contractor, alleging a breach of the duty to warn and a breach of the duty to maintain a safe location. The bank moved for summary judgment based on the “open and obvious” doctrine. The woman responded by claiming that the condition was not open and obvious, and even if it had been, the bank would still be liable.

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washing machineWashing machines and dryers are a routine part of life in Florida and the United States. However, fires originating from these appliances are more common than you may think. If you or someone close to you was injured in a dryer or washing machine fire, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami personal injury attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have successfully represented countless South Florida victims of fires, and can help you as well. We will examine the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim.

The United States Fire Administration estimates that there are 2900 home clothes dryer fires every year that results in 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 16,800 reported U.S. home structure fires involving clothes dryers and washing machines in 2010. In the vast majority of cases, the clothes dryer is responsible for the fire. The NFPA found that the leading cause of dryer fires between 2006 and 2010 was the failure to clean the dust, fiber or lint in the machine.

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