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The Rights of Ocean Hammock Residents in Premises Liability Cases

By Kelly Chanfrau, Esq. on February 26, 2018

A slip and fall accidentMany people have bought property in Ocean Hammock, FL because of the many benefits of the community. Thew quality of life is great, and there’s easy access to the water. As idyllic as it seems, the potential for accidents is ever present. When injury accidents occur, the people of Ocean Hammock can count on the law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau.

Right now, we want to focus on premises liability cases that may arise for Ocean Hammock residents. We’ll go over some of the basic kinds of incidents that may occur, and why they have to be taken seriously.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of incidents people think of when they see the term “premises liability lawsuits”. This refers to a while host of accidents that involve people falling over. Some examples of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Slipping on a wet floor
  • Slipping on debris on a linoleum floor
  • Falling down stairs or stairwells
  • Falling off a ledge due to a lack of guardrail
  • Tripping on an extension cord or other object on the ground

While some slips and falls are not serious, the risk of sprains, fractured bones, and other dangers is present. It’s important that property owners be held accountable if their negligence contributed to an accident.

Weather Contributing to Accidents at Properties

When it rains, it pours, so the old saying goes. In reality, when it rains, the chances of a slip and fall accident go up. People can bring moisture into a building, whether it’s water on the shoes or dripping water from clothes and umbrellas. Businesses can lay mats near entrances to help absorb rain water fro outside, and provide umbrella baskets or umbrella bags to keep wet floor risks to a minimum.

Injuries from Poor Property Conditions

If a property is poorly maintained, it can result in a number of hazards to people who are visiting. If steps at a property are uneven or broken, the risk of a fall increases. The same goes for issues with broken banisters. Sometimes poor lighting or a lack of lighting at a premises leads to missteps, trips, and injuries. When a property is in bad shape, the owner needs to make repairs to ensure everyone there is safe.

Toxic Mold Exposure

Toxic mold is no laughing matter. If black mold is present in rental properties or business establishments, people could experience respiratory health problems simply from breathing the air. Failure to address toxic mold issues needs to be taken seriously, with property owners held accountable.

Poor or Negligent Security

We expect security guards, doormen, and staff that monitor cameras to be diligent. The should keep people safe from harm. However, there are times when there is no security guard present. There can also be cases in which security cameras are not in proper position or are simply out of order, meaning that a crime is not detected and stopped. When negligent security leads to harm, the property owner and the security team must answer for their negligence.

Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Dog attacks can be a premises liability issue. Dogs should not be left unattended and unleashed in front yards or in front of businesses. The risk of a dog attack can be high when a dog is left alone, even if the dog is unprovoked. This is particularly true of dog breeds that tend to be more aggressive, or individual animals that have a history of attacking people. Owners of these pets need to be held accountable for their negligence.

Contact a Premises Liability Attorney

For more information about your legal rights and options, be sure to contact the experienced premises liability attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau. Our team is here to help you in your time of legal need.

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