The basic rule of personal injury claims, including premises liability cases, is this: The negligent party should suffer the losses associated with the accident.
Premise liability laws put the responsibility on store owners to keep their places of business reasonably safe for customers. What happens, however, when a store owner doesn't take that obligation seriously?
Depending on your age, you may remember being told as a child, "Sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite!" That was more than just a convenient rhyme. It was a holdover acknowledgment that bed bugs were once a serious problem.
One of the biggest fears parents face when taking their child to a Florida park is that they're going to get hurt. That's why it's a victory each time that their son or daughter leaves a playground with nothing more than a scratch or bruise. More serious injuries can happen at Tampa parks, however.
Each year, thousands of Americans file lawsuits for injuries that they suffer when they are out shopping for basic household goods such as electronics, pet supplies, clothing and toys. Many of these instances occur because a store owner fails to keep their premises safe of known hazards that may seriously harm workers, visitors and shoppers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms annually for injuries that they suffer during slips and falls. Many of these incidents happen in stairwells due to inadequate lighting, poor design or issues with visibility. Simple changes in maintenance can greatly reduce the number of slips and falls that occur on stairs each year.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) report listed struck-by-object, falls, caught-in or between injuries and electrocution as the top reasons for construction worker deaths in 2014. These "fatal four " injuries were responsible for 58 percent of their fatalities that year.
You've just made a purchase at the store and walk outside and enter the designated crosswalk. Just as you step off the curb, you're struck by a motorist. Your head strikes their bumper and you suffer a blunt force injury to the head. The lines for the crosswalk were so faint that the driver claims he never noticed it.
On July 27, a spokesperson with the Omond Beach Police Department reported that one of the two furniture deliverymen who had been struck by a tree in a customer's yard earlier in the week had lost his life.
If you've experienced a slip and fall or other type of injury on someone else's premises, then you may be wondering who you can go after to cover your medical bills. That greatly depends on a variety of factors including why you were on the property when you were hurt, how well it was maintained and the actions both you and the owner took before and following your injury.