Understanding Some Common Premise Injuries
Being in Florida means time outside. The sunshine state gets its name honest, and families from all over come to spend time outdoors. However, a poorly-boarded up doorway or an unlabeled live wire can turn a family outing into a hospital visit. At Burnett Law, P.A., we understand how traumatic premise injuries can be.
Unfortunately, many of these injuries could have been prevented with some simple precautions or foresight on the part of a property owner or company. Here are a few of the more common ways a premise injury can occur:
Amusement Park Injuries
Florida is blessed to be home to many world-renowned amusement parks and a host of state and local fairs. Most of the time, these parks provide families with wonderful and exciting experiences. Occasionally, though, accidents do occur on amusement park rides. Lap belts can fail to snap into place, rides can stop suddenly, areas that should have been sectioned off are not properly marked, or other unfortunate events can transpire.
Generally speaking, an attractive nuisance is a dangerous object, structure or condition that is irresistibly inviting to children. In Florida, the law makes a distinction between an invitee and a trespasser. Landowners can be liable for injuries to an invitee by showing simple negligence while a trespasser can only recover upon a showing of gross negligence.
A child can become an “implied invitee” if the child is “allured” to the premises. In short, a landowner can be held liable if the landowner knows that children are likely to trespass on the property, the condition has the potential to cause death or serious bodily injury, the children involved are too young to appreciate the dangers, the benefit of maintaining the condition is minimal compared with the risk to children, and the landowner fails to take reasonable measures to eliminate the danger posed by the condition. Some common dangers in Florida are: railroads, pools, construction sites, power lines, high voltage towers (and cell towers), farm equipment, sewers, and outdoor playsets (including trampolines, ramps, jungle gyms and tree houses).
Unfortunately, some apartment and condominium complexes, commercial properties or other developments with common areas do not spend the necessary money to maintain the premises. These landlords or property owners value profit over the well-being of tenants, guests or customers. Oftentimes, light fixtures go unrepaired, security guards are not present or the area is otherwise allowed to develop into a breeding ground for criminal activity.
Additionally, companies that do hire security guards do not always follow through with appropriate staffing or training of the security guards. Security guards are sometimes negligently hired or negligently retained and if not for the negligence of the company hiring or retaining those individuals, a person would not have been injured. We, at Burnett Law, P.A., have the experience to dig into the credentials of those security guards, to uncover the hiring and firing practices of a company, and to assist our clients in learning the whole truth behind why they or their loved ones were injured.
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Our attorneys understand how important it is for your family to focus on healing after an injury. That’s why we fight for you and your right to recover after an injury. At Burnett Law, P.A., we advocate for those who have been hurt by another’s negligence.
Give us a call today at 813.221.5000 or reach out electronically to see how we can help with your injury.