A homeowner’s duty toward trespassers

Florida homeowners are generally not responsible for injuries to a trespasser on their property. However, they may be liable if there are aware of or should have known that trespassers frequently enter their property. In such a scenario, the danger would have to have been caused by the homeowner and likely to cause death or […]

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Safety experts worried about aging ski lifts

Florida residents who enjoy winter sports are likely familiar with ski lifts. Accidents involving these ski resort conveyances are quite rare, but they are often deadly when they do occur. Four skiers were killed when a ski lift in Colorado malfunctioned in 1976, and a similar accident in California in 1978 also claimed four lives. […]

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Warning: Stored lithium ion batteries may ignite, speed up fires

After several instances of unexpected fires during the transit or use of lithium ion batteries, insurance companies became concerned about what risk they may pose.

“When new property hazards emerge, businesses turn to us for answers,” a spokesperson for commercial property insurer FM Global, which just performed a detailed hazard assessment of lithium ion batteries in […]

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Open-carry laws and premises liability

While a growing number of states have passed open-carry laws, Florida’s legislature has resisted similar efforts. Openly carrying firearms is allowed only when people are going to and from hunting, fishing or camping under Florida law. If Florida ever does pass open-carry legislation, businesses and commercial landlords will need to wrestle with some of the […]

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2 crucial factors in premises liability cases

Businesses in Florida have a legal obligation to keep their properties safe from hazards that could injure customers, delivery people or other visitors. When a hazard like a slippery floor or falling boxes hurts a person, the victim might receive damages if the business owner knew about the hazard and took no action to improve […]

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An owner’s responsibility to keep a backyard pool safe

During the summer months, many Florida residents enjoy entertaining in their backyard swimming pools. Owners have the responsibility to do what it takes to make their pools reasonably safe for others who visit them.

People who own pools should do several things to help protect their neighbors and gursts. They should make certain that they have […]

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When is a Florida employer liable for negligent security?

Although an employer in Florida may not be directly responsible for criminal acts committed on their property or by one of their employees, under certain conditions, an injured party may have the right to sue on the grounds of negligent security.

This blog post will discuss some notable cases involving negligent security claims in Florida.

Case studies […]

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Do you know enough about slip and fall accidents? – II

Last week, we began discussing slip and fall accidents in retail settings, which can be caused by everything from wet floors and invisible shifts in footing to inadequate lighting and improperly placed displays.

Specifically, we started exploring how those plaintiffs bringing slip and fall cases must demonstrate that their injuries were caused by a dangerous condition […]

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Do you know enough about slip and fall accidents? – I

When most of us head to the local grocery store, big box chain or other retail establishment, our thoughts are understandably focused on either browsing or making a predetermined purchase. In other words, we are focused on enjoying our shopping experience and simply trust that the store has done everything in its power to keep […]

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