Articles Posted in Premises Liability

Year-End Festivities and Staying Safe

New Year’s Eve and the celebrations that accompany it span the entire globe and just like almost every major city; Miami residents and visitors will be bidding farewell to another year while welcoming the start of another.  Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve festivities can sometimes get out of hand and celebration can turn to tragedy when negligence takes hold of a situation. The Perazzo Law Firm understands that one such act of negligence and perhaps the most common is driving while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Driving drunk or while intoxicated can lead to reckless driving, which in turn has the potential for tragedy behind the wheel. In order to stay safe and avoid an accident behind the wheel, the Perazzo Law Firm recommends that motorists opt for ride share services like Uber or Lyft. However, it is important to make sure that the Uber or Lyft driver is sober, and he/she is in fact the driver that appears on the rideshare app. The Perazzo Law Firm recommends that pedestrians take extra precautions when crossing at intersections or even when waiting to cross at a street corner. With regards to bicycle riders, the Perazzo Law Firm suggests they avoid riding in poorly lit areas and if possible, wear reflective or bright colored clothing. Riding in dark areas and wearing dark clothing makes it hard for drunk drivers to see them and this increases the chances of falling victim to reckless driving and negligence. When it comes to premises liability, bars, nightclubs and other public or private establishment owners and operators also need to take certain precautions to avoid New Year’s Eve ending in tragedy. Bar owners or operators need to take measures to make sure their patrons exit their establishments safely. For instance, a bartender should know when to stop serving a customer drinks that contain alcohol if that person is already in a state of drunkenness. Negligence on behalf of an establishment that serves alcohol can include allowing a customer to get behind the wheel of motor vehicle. In this case, measures should be taken to hire a rideshare service to safely take the intoxicated patron to where they need to go. In all, the Perazzo Law Firm suggests that individuals proceed into the new year with care and avoid acts of negligence that can end in an undesirable manner.

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A CAR ACCIDENT

DRY PALM TREE BRANCH CRUSHES TOURIST

https://www.floridainjuryblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/430/2019/12/WhatsApp-Image-2019-12-28-at-16.41.57-225x300.jpegA 46-year old woman from Argentina was crushed by a dry palm tree branch that came swooshing down from atop a 100 ft palm tree overlooking the pool of a quaint and quiet family hotel. The hotel pool accident victim was resting on a lounge chair when a 15-foot-long dried-out branch broke-off from an overhead palm tree. According to the accident victim’s family, the woman, a mother of three, screamed as the branch came thundering down and landed on top of her. “I was in the pool when I heard a loud swooshing sound. At first, I thought it was a wild animal like an alligator or lizard in the bushes, but then I noticed something huge falling from the tree,” recalls the victim’s husband. Hotel staffed quickly assisted the woman by tending to the multiple cuts, scrapes, and bruises extending throughout her entire body. She was later taken to a local hospital for further treatment to wounds and evaluation. Her husband in the meantime, has contacted the service of a trusted personal injury lawyer in Miami to help with a possible premise’s liability claim for compensation. According to the hotel accident victim’s husband, a 52-year-old schoolteacher, the pool has at least three very tall palm trees, many of them full of dry branches just waiting to fall. “I’m no lawyer but I know that hotels and motels need to make sure trees don’t fall on their guest’s heads while they’re sitting by the pool. My wife is lucky to be alive, but she’ll never sit by a pool the same way again!” stated the victim’s angry husband.

HOTEL SWIMMING POOLS AND THE LAW

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LITTLE HAVANA: A wooden overhang collapsed and struck a pedestrian on the head this past Tuesday in Little Havana. In what can be considered a construction site accident with hints of premises liability, the incident led to an innocent bystander being rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment. The construction-site accident took place at 1150 SW First St. and led to Southwest 12th Avenue being closed-off from First to Second streets. The renovation project of the Little Havana strip mall and the cause of structure collapse will be investigated by city building officials.

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Memorial Day Weekend in Miami – Mayhem on the Horizon

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Memorial Day Weekend in Miami

City officials and business owners in-and-around Miami Beach are preparing to welcome thousands of visitors eager for a dose of unforgettable fun under the Florida sun. With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, Miami Beach is putting the finishing touches on its scheduled concerts, exhibits, and high-flying events. Also known as Urban Beach Week, which attracts the hip-hop and party-going crowds, this year’s organizers are aiming to compliment the hip-hop party scene with activities that appeal to visitors of from all walks of life. For example, movie-buffs will be able to enjoy screenings of films by Spike Lee, while art lovers can visit and mingle with local artists at the cultural festival called “Re:Frame”. Furthermore, Miami Beach city officials and organizers will be offering the Air and Sea Show, which will exhibit military aircraft, vehicles, and gear. Miami Beach has put together a week’s worth of entertainment options for visitors, and has also designed a logistics plan to keep Memorial Day Weekend traffic from turning into motorist mayhem in Miami.

Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents / Steps, Stairs, & Ramps

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Steps, stairs and ramps that are not properly designed to safeguard against a potential slip, trip or fall accident can lead to a potential personal injury accident claim for compensation in the event of bodily harm, lost wages, or wrongful death due to negligent property owners, business operators, or private  and public institutions. If you, a friend, or relative has suffered a slip, trip or fall accident in Miami when walking up the steps; down a staircase, or on a ramp, there is a chance that the accident may have been prevented. Injuries that occur when climbing up the steps can result in knee or shoulder injury, which depending on the trip accident victim’s age, may require medical care. Slipping on a staircase in shopping mall can result in back injuries, which depending on the person’s physical stature, can lead to spinal cord injury. Sometimes people that slip on a wet surface in Publix may also suffer leg, hip, or shoulder injuries that may require medical attention. Any ones who’s ever been to a doctor knows what a visit to the hospital means to your budget. The elderly are most at high risk of suffering bodily injury from a slip, trip or fall accident in Miami, that is public and private business establishments must provide handrails, clearly marked steps, and level why staircases, steps, and ramps in such as shops, malls, hotels, and anywhere the elderly may. Shop entrances are a common place for trip and fall accidents.

Man Stabbed in Shopping Mall Parking Lot

parking-lot-1192868-214x300West Palm Beach: In a lawsuit brought on by a man stabbed in the parking lot at a West Palm Beach shopping mall, the insurance company was ruled liable for the victim’s injuries. Despite the insurance provider claiming it owed no duty to defend or compensate the stabbing victim for his injuries based on an exclusion to coverage, a federal judge ruled otherwise. Even though the fight did not take place within the bar and grill itself, business operators and owners owe a duty to its patrons to provide safety, both within and outside of the premises which they operate, rent, or own. Jupiter West Plaza, which rents out the space to Uncle Mick’s Bar and Grill, has Mt. Hawley as its insurance provider, which according to Judge Kenneth Marra of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, “Mt. Hawley is not entitled to a declaratory judgment that there is no coverage under the policy for the claims asserted by Frye in the underlying liability action.” Adding: “Mt. Hawley has a continuing duty to defend the claims against the policy holders set forth in the underlying complaint.”

PERAZZO LAW SHARES INSIGHT INTO PREMISES LIABILITY CLAIMS AND PARKING LOT ACCIDENTS

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MIAMI – When a table display came crashing down upon a Palm Beach woman shopping at a Burlington store, a personal injury claim followed, which led to a federal judge ruling in her favor for $677,000 in compensation for the injuries she suffered. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled in her favor in the case which dates back to July 2016, after the victim was struck by several tables that resulted in extensive medical attention, spinal cord surgery, a probable future surgical intervention to repair damage to he knees, which prevents her from taking part in the recreational activities she was able to do prior to the accident. According to the court ruling, there was a breach of duty by not taking precautionary measures to prevent the injuries she suffered when the entire table display fell on her. The  victim requested just over $215,000 in damages to cover medical expenses and loss of wages as well as $750,000 dollars for past, present, and future pain and suffering. In the end, the U.S district judge ordered Burlington Inc. to compensate the Premises Liability accident victim a total of $677,745 for her injuries and losses.

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PERAZZO LAW SERVES PREMISES LIABILITY AND FOOD POISONING CLAIMS

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MIAMI-DADE. A recent string of inspections led by the Department of Agriculture found that a total of 15 food outlets, distributors, and warehouses across Miami-Dade were in direct violation of health safety standards and proper hygiene implementation. The health inspectors reported violations that range from no hot water in bathroom sinks, to a potpourri of animal feces sprinkled over packed consumer goods. In most of the cases, the major risk to consumers comes from the lack of personal hygiene by workers handling food, since the inspectors found that many food handlers failed to wash their hands properly, either from personal negligence or lack of resources such as hot water, soap, or paper towels. Reports also state that kitchen staff could be seen rubbing their noses and touching their faces while handling food. Spoiled or rotten goods were also reported to have been found as well as meat slicers bearing remnants of leftover food particles along the blades, trays, and other parts. In accordance with proper health safety measures, meat slicers must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized regularly to prevent disease through bacteria build-up. When it comes to washing dishes and utensils used in food preparation, the absence of hot water can many times result in poorly sanitized foodware. Thus was the case in several popular Miami-Dade food establishments according to the official inspection reports.

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The Perazzo Law Firm Shares insight into Premises Liability Accident Claims in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

I was injured in a shootout at a shopping mall.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Last-minute shoppers were cast into a whirlpool of panic when a shootout between the Palm Beach police and a notorious gang member broke out at The Mall at Wellington Green this Christmas Eve.

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Parking lot accidents in Miami happen everyday, with millions of accidents reported every year across the United States. Most parking lot accidents in Miami are caused by negligent motorists, pedestrians, property owners or parking lot operators. Some 18% of all reported motor vehicle accidents take place in parking lots, with 15% of parking lot accidents resulting in damage due to a collision with another motorist. Many parking lot accidents that take place in Miami parking lots may result in personal injury from a parking lot car accident involving a pedestrian entering, exiting, or passing through a parking lot in Miami. There are several ways parking lot accidents in Miami can involve pedestrians, cyclists, or other motorists. Parking lot accidents involving pedestrians in Miami may take place at supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, night clubs, private parking lots, etc. Children and the elderly are at high risk of falling victim to parking lot accidents in Miami. Children may stray from a parent or legal guardian and fall victim to a parking lot accident in a Miami supermarket, shopping mall, or restaurant. Kids are difficult to spot when backing-out, and a large number of car accident related incidents in parking lots in Miami that involve small children result in severe and sometimes wrongful death. A parked motorist’s view may be obstructed by a larger vehicle parked to its side, and back-out hastily into an inattentive elderly pedestrian. Many times, parking lot motorists in Miami are more focused on finding a spot than looking out for other cars, some of which don’t respect the existing established lanes and traffic laws which motorists must abide by when operating a motor vehicle in a parking lot in Miami. Property damage in parking lot accidents in Miami establishments may result from shopping carts colliding with a parked car or crashing into a pedestrian.

If you, a loved one, or family member can answer YES to any of the statements below, you may have a Personal Injury Claim from a Parking Lot accident in Miami: