Simply falling down on a cruise ship can result in breaking one or both bones in the leg. However, breaking the femur or thighbone usually is the result of a more significant fall. We commonly investigate and represent passengers who have broken their legs on cruise ships after slipping on a wet surface on a deck or stairs or tripping and falling on one of the many raised thresholds that separate different areas of the ship. The thresholds necessary tripping hazards and are often are found found dividing the balcony from the stateroom, the hallway that leads to the cabin or even between the bathroom and cabin itself.
Auto accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injury to children in the United States. The injuries from these accidents can be very serious, and sometimes result in the tragic death of children. In Florida, car accidents are the primary causes of accidental deaths for children under the age of 14. In recent years, Florida has been one of the most deadly states in the country for children in motor vehicles.
In the days and weeks after an accident, legal action might be the furthest thing from a parent’s mind, but children are entitled to personal injury compensation for medical costs and other losses. Recovering these expenses can make a huge difference for families struggling to pay for emergency or ongoing medical care.
Whenever a hotel should have known of a defect or broken condition it is called constructive knowledge. Constructive knowledge can be proven with evidence that shows how long danger existed. Often times it can be proven by the hotel’s failure to maintain and inspect the premises appropriately.
Hotel accidents frequently occurs when a guest is injured getting in and out of the bathtub. Therefore, hotel and motels should always use slip-resistant tubs, showers, flooring, rugs, and grab bars. When a hotel has a guest fall and get hurt and does not properly investigate the cause it puts other guests at risk.
There are exceptions to the above rule if the driver or passenger has a medical condition and certification by a doctor that the use of a seatbelt would be dangerous or inappropriate. For some reason, the law allows newspaper delivery and garbage collectors to drive without seatbelts. If you are injured in a car accident in Florida and did not have your seatbelt on at the time of impact, the violation can be considered as evidence of comparative fault. In other words, the jury will decide how much of your injury is due to your failure to wear a seatbelt, even if you are entirely innocent in the crash. Comparative fault or comparative negligence can range from 0-100% of liability. That means you could reduce the amount of recovery to nothing if a jury believes that your injury would have been entirely avoided with the use of a seatbelt.