Sarasota Personal Injury Law Blog

You can sue a property owner for your injuries

From slips and falls to assaults in poorly lit or secured areas, there are many different ways in which you can get hurt on another person's premises. Your medical costs can be quite high depending on the severity of your injuries. The great news is that Florida allows most individuals who get hurt on someone else's property to file suit to recover medical costs and other accident-related expenses caused by another party's negligence.

All business owners must make sure that their property is reasonably safe for visitors. It's their responsibility to regularly assess their buildings and premises for any potential safety hazards. Property owners are also obligated to quickly fix any potentially dangerous situations that may be brought to their attention. If they fail to do this and someone gets hurt, then they could be accused of negligence.

Whiplash is a serious injury you may not feel at first

After a car accident, the first thing that most people do is look for any signs of injury to themselves and others in their vehicle. Even if a person does not see any injuries or feel pain from the accident, it is still a good idea to go to a hospital or other medical care facility and receive a full-body examination.

Why seek medical care if you don't feel injured? Car accidents are often much more violent experiences than we realize in the moment, and our bodies may suffer internal injuries that don't cause pain at first. In some cases, these injuries are serious, and a victim may experience ongoing pain and other complications without timely diagnosis and treatment.

What are some reasons slips, trips and falls occur?

A study published by the safety training company SafeStart in 2014 captured how slips, trips and falls were the leading cause of workplace injuries among the nearly 1,300 workers that they polled that year. Sadly, these types of incidents don't just happen on the job though. Many individuals suffer slips, trips and falls while performing a variety of tasks, both at home and in public.

SafeStart's same research shows that an overwhelming majority of slips, trips and falls are caused by human factors such as rushing, fatigue or distractions. They also happen because people feel too comfortable in their surroundings. Their data shows that at least 54% of these incidents happen because individuals simply aren't paying attention or taking their time to safely navigate a space.

Motorcycle safety during the fall months

Motorcyclists often venture out during the fall months to see the beautiful scenery. While the resplendent foliage may apply more directly to the northeast or northwest states, or elsewhere in the U.S. with dramatic changes in seasonal temperatures, if you ask any Floridian, there is a noticeable, crisp change when autumn arrives, usually to Florida residents’ delight. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, make sure that you properly prepare. There are particular hazards present during this season. Knowing these before you ride can help you to remain a bit safer.

Brain injuries can come from car wrecks

Car crashes can cause many different injuries. One of the more serious is a brain injury. Anyone who is involved in a crash should pay close attention to how they are feeling in the days and weeks after. This type of injury might not show up right away, so you must be vigilant for a while after the wreck.

A Sarasota police informant causes a deadly chain-reaction crash

An alleged drunk Sarasota motorist struck three vehicles injuring three motorists and killing another at the intersection of Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway just before 8:05 a.m. on Sept. 8.

A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) spokesperson notes that all the motorists involved were waiting in an eastbound lane of University Parkway preparing to turn left onto Lockwood Ridge Road before the accident occurred. It's as they waited there that the alleged drunk motorist ran a red light.

Stay safe on motorcycles with these safety tips

One of the best parts about living in the Sunshine State is being able to participate in outdoor activities year-round. Long after the people up north have to store their bikes for the winter, you can be out riding and enjoying the beautiful weather. But despite the sunny weather and great road conditions, safety is essential any time you're on two wheels.

Florida had 574 motorcycle fatalities in 2016 – the latest year for which data is available – making it the deadliest state in the nation for bikers. Motorcycle deaths accounted for 18.5 percent of all traffic deaths, but riding in Florida doesn’t have to be dangerous. By taking a few precautions and following some safety tips, everyone on a bike can stay safe.

Young children are the most vulnerable to dog bites

Dogs are popular pets throughout the country. If your family does not have one, there is still a good chance that a few of your friends or neighbors do. Unfortunately, dogs and children do not always interact safely together.

Children who are between ages 1 and 9 have the highest risk of dog bites than any other age group, according to the Florida Department of Health. However, young children are not just more likely to be bitten, the bite wounds are also more likely to be severe. are Dogs often bite children who are younger than 10 years old on sensitive areas, like the head or neck. Because children are so vulnerable to dog bites, it is important for parents to consider what extra steps they can take to keep their children safe.

Italian bikers killed in collision with truck hauling U.S. mail

Two motorcyclists were killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 in Florida. The two men, along with a third who was uninjured, were from Turin, Italy, and were vacationing on a motorcycle ride through the state.

The accident happened north of Orlando not far south of Ocala on June 13. The truck was hauling mail, apparently on a contract with the United States Postal Service.

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