Slip and Fall

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Falls a major contributor of nursing home deaths

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,800 elderly nursing home residents die every year due to fall-related injuries. Those who survive, it reports, sustain injuries that cause permanent disability...more

Florida Court of Appeal: Photos on Facebook are Fair Game in Discovery

Discovery of social media is often appropriately considered in any case where evidence or admissions tending to disprove the other party’s case is potentially available. Although social media has long been firmly rooted in...more

No Article 17 Accident in Passenger Slip-and-Fall

In Vanderwall v. United Airlines, Inc., __ F. Supp. 3d __, 2015 WL 309094 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 26, 2015), a federal district court in Florida granted summary judgment to the airline dismissing personal injury claims by a passenger...more

Slip and Fall Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Thousands of people are injured each year in San Fernando Valley in “slip and fall accidents,” which may be caused by slipping or tripping on uneven ground, a wet floor, or on unstable stairs. Who is at fault? Property...more

Privacy Settings Won’t Keep Social Media Posts Out Of Court

On Jan. 7, 2015, in Nucci v. Target Corp., et al, the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, upheld a lower court’s order compelling plaintiff Maria Nucci to produce photographs originally posted...more

Partial Negligence and Financial Recovery in Slip and Falls

No one expects to have a slip and fall or trip and fall accident but unfortunately, these types of accidents can happen anywhere: in the grocery store, at home, or at work, to name a few places. Anything from debris to...more

How Do I Know if I Have a Premises Liability Claim?

Winter Weather and Premises Liability - Injuries that lead to premises liability lawsuits can happen during any month of the year, but the winter months tend to be particularly hazardous. For example, a recent report...more

Photographs Posted on Facebook are Discoverable

The Fourth District in Nucci v. Target Corp., --- So. 3d ----, 2015 WL 71726, 40 Fla. Law Weekly D166 (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 7, 2015), recently held that photographs posted on a plaintiff’s social media sites are discoverable if...more

Florida Appellate Court Holds There is No Right to Privacy For Information Posted On Social Media Websites Even When Privacy...

On January 7, 2015, in Nucci v. Target Corp, et al, the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District upheld a lower court’s order compelling Plaintiff Maria Nucci to produce photographs originally posted...more

Are private Facebook photos now fair game under Florida law?

Last week a Florida state appellate court ruled that a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit was required to produce photos that she had previously deleted from her Facebook account finding that users of social media sites,...more

Slip and Fall Accidents During the Holidays

Even though thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents and it might seem obvious to you, if this happened to you or a loved one, that the person responsible for taking care of the premises was at fault,...more

Summary Judgment Granted in “Known Condition” Premises Case

Federal District Court in Columbia Holds No Duty to Warn of Rainy Conditions - Retailers and hospitality-related entities doing business in South Carolina should be encouraged by a recent premises liability decision...more

Plaintiff’s Vacation to Hawaii was a Nightmare, or not?

What happens when your dream vacation turns into a nightmare? That’s easy; it’s America, so obviously you sue everyone who may be responsible. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the opposing side may not comply with e-discovery...more

Texas Supreme Court oral-argument preview (10/14)

The Texas Supreme Court will hear two oral arguments at the Texas Tech School of Law on 10/9/14: No. 13-0136, Nabors Well Servs. Ltd. v. Romero -- The issue is whether evidence of seatbelt nonusage is inadmissible,...more

Sidewalk Slip and Falls -- Who's Liable?

It may be suprising to hear, but many San Fernando slip and fall or trip and fall cases happen on sidewalks. Most of these claims are brought against municipalities and generally turn on whether the property owner or...more

Illinois Appellate Court: School District Not Immune From Liability For Student Fall In “Cafetorium”

The Illinois Appellate Court recently determined that the fact that a school’s “Cafetorium” was used for parties and ceremonies for sports teams and school band, chorus, and drama program performances did not make the...more

Conflict In Fla. Regarding Premises Liability Law

On Feb. 26, 2014, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal (West Palm Beach) certified a conflict with the Third District Court of Appeal (Miami) regarding whether Florida Statute § 768.0755, which governs premises liability...more

“What was she thinking?!” – Plaintiff’s state of mind in shopping centre fall

Late last year, the New South Wales Court of Appeal in Glad Retail Cleaning Pty Ltd v Alvarenga [2013] NSWCA 482 unanimously dismissed the appeal of a cleaning company found to have performed its work in a negligent manner....more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of December 23

AC34963 - Compassionate Care, Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co. - The plaintiff was in the business of maintaining a list of nurses it referred out, as needed, to hospitals and nursing homes. It did background checks on...more

Florida’s Third DCA Limits Scope Of Discovery In Premises Liability Cases

In cases where a plaintiff is injured due to a slip and fall in a business establishment, the plaintiff may seek discovery related to other slip and falls that occurred on the same premises. Such requests are generally made...more

Florida Statute 768.0755: Changes to Premises Liability

Barbara Horn slipped and fell on the wet floors of a medical center in Lakeland. She suffered knee problems and underwent several surgical procedures, culminating in total knee replacements of both knees....more

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal Holds Statute Establishing Standard of Proof in Slip-and-Fall Cases Is Retroactive

In Kenz v. Miami-Dade County and Unicco Service Co., 2013 (Fla. 3d DCA April 24, 2013), Florida’s Third DCA ruled that § 768.0755, Fla. Stat. (2010) must be applied retroactively to incidents that occurred before the statute...more

Nurse Wins Workers’ Compensation Award For Parking Lot Injury

A recent Illinois Workers’ Compensation decision involving a State of Illinois worker, an icy/slippery parking lot and an authorized break awarded benefits to the injured worker. The facts are interesting and illustrative of...more

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