Identity theft is a serious issue which can impact your life and finances for years to come. Unfortunately, identity theft is relatively easy to perpetrate and is profitable, meaning there are many fraudsters out there. It can also be difficult to get compensation after falling victim, which is why you will want to speak to a Key Biscayne personal injury attorney if you have been affected.
Each year, Hollywood residents are exposed to hacks, scams, and other threats online. In some cases, such as identity theft, victims may have recourse to the criminal justice system. In other situations, those affected choose to pursue legal claims.
Cyber security breaches can impact a person’s livelihood, personal safety, and finances for years to come. Fraudsters can gain access to very personal information from victims, can clear out bank accounts, can ruin credit ratings, and more. The effects of such crimes often include immense stress, financial hardship and even family problems.
Everyone is at risk, which is why it is important to take some steps online to protect yourself:
Zoos are meant to be an education place for children and families and these attractions have been around for generations. While a trip to the zoo can be a safe activity, there have been incidents where a child is seriously injured in a zoo.
In Miami and other Florida locations, zoos pose a few dangers. The most obvious danger involves children wandering off and potentially falling into an enclosure. Young children are naturally curious about animals and many grow up around cats and dogs. They may not realize that the wild animals in a zoo are more dangerous and likely will bite or attack if a human enters their enclosure.
The companies you trust with your business may be storing more information about you than you realize. In order to make transactions fast and to market their products effectively, some companies keep your name and address on file. Other organizations may have your credit card or financial information, Social Security number, or even driver’s license number and other data stored digitally. If companies fail to keep your information safe, they can be held liable and you may have a legal claim against them in Homestead or your community.
How Can I Be Impacted by a Security Breach and Class Action Lawsuit?
Security breaches occur when data or computer systems are compromised in some way. It could be that personal data is stolen from a company by an unscrupulous employee or is not protected carefully. In some cases, breaches occur due to hacks committed by criminals.
Hotels in Hollywood, Miami, and South Florida promise a comfortable and safe stay for guests. When hotels are negligent in providing safety measures, however, you may sustain injury during your stay. Common hotel injuries and damages can include slip and fall accidents, thefts or attacks, exposure to pests, and other hazards.
Hotels can reduce these dangers by using cameras and security guards, screening staff carefully, maintaining locks and other hotel features, keeping areas well-lit, having 24/7 staff on duty, controlling infestations of pests, and training staff properly. If hotels fail to take these and other reasonable steps to keep guests safe, they can be held liable for any injuries guest sustain as a result of the negligence.
The holiday season can be very exciting, but holiday shopping and special events can also mean big crowds, particularly around New Year’s. If you’re planning on taking part in any activities for the festivities, make sure you know how to stay safe in holiday crowds so you can avoid sustaining a serious injury in Hollywood or your community:
1) Always have a plan.
At this time of year, large crowds at Miami and area events are commonplace. Whether you’re attending a music festival, special get-together, or other special event in South Florida, it’s not uncommon to see tens of thousands – or even more – people in the audience or crowd.
Crowds aren’t without their risks. There’s always the risk of pickpocketing, trampling, panic, and other serious injuries. If you are in any crowd, there are a few ways to stay safe:
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Hollywood and South Florida, residents and visitors have a range of restaurants to choose from when they want to dine out. From casual, quick meals to elaborate and luxurious dining experiences, South Florida offers a range of options from all world cuisines.
When heading to a restaurant to dine out, of course you expect good service and food as well as a safe environment. The last thing you may expect is a serious injury. Unfortunately, each year people are seriously injured in restaurants due to poor hygiene, insufficient food safety measures, inadequate maintenance, and other issues.