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Elevators Can Be a Daily Peril

Each day we step into an elevator, we take a leap of faith. We trust the elevator to function properly. If it does not, we have effectively stepped into an open shaft and a long dangerous fall.Elevators kept on the premises of a landowner require regular inspections and maintenance. If an elevator malfunctions, and a fall occurs, resulting in injuries or death to the passengers, a premise…

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Universities Can Be Liable for Student Injuries

Life on college campuses can be hazardous. Students cannot always control or avoid rowdy behavior of other students. In a premises liability theory Colleges and Universities may be liable for injuries caused to a student by the actions of other students on campus.This can be especially true in cases where the College or University knew there was a large event, knew that the students could…

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Apartment Dwellers Should Monitor Fire Safety Compliance Measures

If you live in an apartment or a condo, your safety is in the hands of the building manager. How trusting can you afford to be?An article in the St. Petersburg Florida paper describes a premises liability lawsuit where two residents were killed in a condominium complex due to faulty fire extinguishing systems. A post-fire investigation revealed that valves in the sprinkler system were…

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Injured on Property of Another? You Have Rights.

Despite the rhetoric of homeowners liability insurance companies, if you get hurt while on the property of another, you have rights to be compensated. But if you listen to the claims adjuster, who calls when you are injured, the adjuster will try to convince you otherwise.If you slip and fall on another person’s property, or a business property, the cause of your fall may have been the owner’s…

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Priest Abuse Must Be Prosecuted

For years the Church has protected the worst of the worst criminals; the priests and other clergy who sexually abused the children of their Parrish’s. Having litigated a number of these cases we have come to see first hand how the physical abuse and corresponding emotional scarring of these children , now turned adults, continues to haunt them throughout their lives undermining their ability to…

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Safety in Gyms

Tampa Bay attorney Bob Carroll in his blog posting concerning a recall of a defective consumer product – weight ligting bars brings to our attention the need to make sure your gym and fitness…

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Inadequate Security in Parking Lots Exposes Patrons to Preventable Risk

Purse snatchings, vandalism, assaults, car jackings, robberies, abduction, rape and even shootings have become a problem in the parking lots of some of America’s most visible stores where there is inadequate security in place. The parking lots of Walmart,Target, Lowes, and many other retail shopping centers have become prime locations for criminal conduct. It is the responsibility of the…

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The Hidden Dangers of Childrens' Playgrounds

Parents should be aware of the many hazards that present themselves on our childrens’ playgrounds. Each year, more than 200,000 kids are treated in hospital ERs for playground-related injuries. While some of the hazards pose an immediate risk, others can have a cummulative long term effect. One area of concern should be the equipment and aparatus made available to the children. Recently, the…

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Pool Safety

During these summer months many families and their young children seek relief from the heat in local swimming pools. Before you allow young children into the pool be aware that drowning is the…

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Dog Bite Case turns into Million Dollar Insurance Bad Faith Settlement

When an insurance company refuses to honor its insurance contract with a policy holder, delays in paying on legitimate claims, and/or refuses to reasonably settle claims and exposes its insureds…