Articles Posted in Premises Liability

Moving away for college is a big opportunity, but if your teen is looking forward to moving into their first apartment or dorm room, you may have some concerns. You have a right to be worried. Teens may not understand the best ways to stay safe in dorm rooms or in their first apartment. Here are a few ways you can help them move safely:

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If your child will be going away to college this fall and will be living in off-campus housing or will be moving away from home and into a new apartment for the first time, consider assisting them in finding a safe apartment or home in Hollywood or their chosen community.

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When young people rent, their landlord is responsible for maintaining common spaces and in providing a reasonably safe space. Unfortunately, not all landlords are contentious about providing tenants with safety. First-time renters can be especially vulnerable. They may not know their rights as tenants and they may be on a budget, which means they may be considering some properties in less desirable areas or with less maintenance completed.

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Do you have a few minutes to spare for your safety? Even if you have a very busy schedule, the following 10-minute steps can help you make your Homestead home safer and can help you prevent serious injury:

1) Take a walk through your home, looking at cords.

Electrical cords are everywhere, and they can pose a fire hazard if they’re run under rugs or get worn down. During your ten minute walk through your home, unplug any appliances that have worn cords and set them aside for replacement or repairs. If you notice any cords running under carpets, remove them immediately. Unplug any appliances hooked up to extension cords.

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Business owners owe a duty of care to their customers, employees, clients, and visitors to their business. If you’re starting up a new business in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, you are vulnerable to premises liability claims and other legal claims if you don’t take care to keep visitors to your business safe.

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Even if you have an online business, you could be held liable and may be sued if your servers or files are hacked, if another business accuses you of trademark infringement or other illegal actions, or if you’re accused of breach of contract. Whether you have a bricks-and-mortar company or an online enterprise, you need to take steps to keep yourself safe from legal claims while also protecting your customers and clients from harm.

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At this time of year, most gyms in Hollywood and South Florida see more business as people set New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. In fact, the first few weeks of the New Year tend to be the busiest time of year for gyms and many fitness businesses offer special promotions to entice people to join.

Unfortunately, the enthusiasm to get in shape can lead to serious injury. In some cases, new gym members might not know how to use every piece of equipment or may overdo things and get injured due to overexertion. Larger crowds at the gym can also lead to dangerous conditions, especially if spills and other hazards aren’t removed promptly because of the sudden influx of new clients.

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This holiday season, your errand list may be quite long. You may need to visit a number of businesses in order to get all your shopping done and in order to handle all the errands you have to complete. In addition, you may be treating yourself to a few dinners out or you may be attending special work dinners or holiday events at restaurants, art galleries, conference halls, or hotels.

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What happens if you’re injured this holiday season, however, while visiting a place of business? Whether you slip on the floor in a store, trip over debris at a restaurant, or are attacked outside of an art gallery, you may have legal options you haven’t considered.

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The holiday season can mean a spike of criminal activity. In fact, between Thanksgiving and the end of the year retail crime jumps 30%, and muggings as well as thefts and burglaries also increase.

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If you are shopping, ticking errands off of your holiday list, or just enjoying the season, it’s important to stay alert to your surroundings and to use common sense to stay safe. It’s also important to remember that property owners have an obligation to ensure that lawful visitors to their property stay safe.

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Many people in Miami and other South Florida communities decide to purchase a condo rather than a detached house. In many cases, the more attractive prices, amenities, and the maintenance of common areas make these properties very attractive for busy homeowners. Many elderly persons and people living alone enjoy the extra security features many condo associations offer.

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Each month, condo residents pay a fee to their condo association to maintain common property and to pay for amenities. Despite the added protection, however, some condo residents find themselves injured in their buildings. When this happens, who is responsible? What legal choices do residents have?

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If you rent a home in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida and you are injured at home, your landlord may be liable if their negligence or recklessness caused your injuries. This is especially the case if you are injured outside the property or on common areas, such as hallways between apartments or the front entryway to the building.

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How can you be sure whether the landlord is liable for your injuries? In many cases, signs of negligence can include:

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We all know that cold winter weather in much of the country can result in frostbite, car accidents, fires, and other problems. In Hollywood and the rest of Florida, we tend to feel safe from these issues, but the first few weeks of 2015 have seen unseasonably cold weather in parts of Florida. Even South Florida saw temperatures below average recently and in more Northern areas of the state colder weather prevailed. Jacksonville even saw about three hours of flurries earlier this month.

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Florida remains an escape for those who don’t want to have to deal with the winter, but with cooler weather it is a good idea to review basic safety precautions:

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