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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.

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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:

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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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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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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.

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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.

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Mass transit is considered safer than driving. Quite simply, you’re far more likely to be in a car accident in Hollywood than to be in a mass transit accident in your community. Whether you’re traveling by train, bus, taxi, or some other means of transport, you’ll want to stay safe.

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The recent discussions about safety involving Uber may have started some discussions about transportation safety, and at Flaxman Law Group we hope you stay safe no matter how you travel. When taking mass transit there are a few things you’ll want to do:

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In some cases, it can be clear that a property owner was at fault in an injury case. If a property owner failed to put up signs abut renovations, for example, or failed to properly maintain their Hollywood or Florida property, plaintiffs can seek damages for injuries caused by that negligence. But what happens if your injury was caused by a third person or criminal? Do you have an inadequate security claim? How much security does a property owner have to have to show they aren’t negligent?

First, it’s important to understand what a negligent security claim is. This sort of legal action usually happens after someone is the victim of a crime, such as battery, assault, rape, mugging, or another violent crime that leads to injuries. In these cases, the injured party can pursue legal action against the perpetrator and can help police in criminal charges against the perpetrator. Plaintiffs may also have a claim against the property owner.

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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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When you travel for business or for a vacation to Miami, you expect your hotel to be a comfortable place to retreat after a long day. Hotels in the city can be quiet expensive and of course you expect that these facilities will do all they can to make your stay pleasant and safe. In fact, many guests don’t even think about safety when checking into a hotel. On vacation, many of us turn our usual worries off and we don’t expect to have to be concerned about safety. Unfortunately, this can make us even more vulnerable.

The reality is that many people suffer serious injury in hotels in Miami and across Florida each year. The state attracts many tourists and while some hotels and motels are very careful about guest safety and security, some are not. Some guests suffer head injuries in their Miami hotel rooms due to poor building maintenance or rickety furniture. In some cases, guests become victims of assault, theft, or other crimes because hotels are negligent with security or fail to screen employees. These situations can not only ruin a trip but can also result in devastating and expensive injuries.

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If you have been injured while visiting a restaurant, hotel, or other business establishment, you may have a negligent security or premises liability case in Homestead or your community. This may also be the case if your injuries were caused in someone’s home or when you were visiting a condo or apartment building.

To launch a premises liability case, however, you need to be able to show that the property owner was negligent in providing you with a safe space. In some cases, there may be signs that a property owner has not taken due care to protect visitors to their property. For example, someone who has been injured may notice:

  • Poor lighting on a property
  • Debris on stairways and walkways
  • Lack of fencing or gate around a pool area
  • Dogs running loose on a property
  • Shelving not properly attached
  • Work areas and dangerous areas not blocked off or clearly marked
  • No railings on ramps and stairways
  • Spills on the floor that have not been mopped off
  • No warning signs for dangers
  • Uneven floors
  • Poorly maintained property
  • Broken gates, stairs, windows, and doors

All of these signs could be signs that a property owner has been negligent in providing a safe environment for visitors. If a visitor is injured as a result of this type of recklessness, they may have a legal claim against the property owner and any other liable parties.

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