The Berman Law Firm presents its Personal Injury Law Blog. We created this blog to share information about our personal injury practice that may be of interest to you. We want to help you. If you have been injured in an accident call us for a free evaluation of your claim.

Negligent Security Claims Help Crime Victims

September 27, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   negligent security,personal injury   |   0 Comments

Property owners and businesses must maintain their facilities in a safe condition in order to deter and prevent criminal activity on their property. They are required to protect the public from suffering personal injury as the result of criminal activity.  Negligent security arises when a property owner or business operator neglect their patron’s safety by failing to have adequate security measures on their property.  Negligent security resulting in criminal attacks against patrons of public places occur in South Florida with more frequency than we would like to think.  Unfortunately, violent criminal attacks such as robbery, assault, sexual assault, and murder occur too often at South Florida shopping malls, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, apartment complexes, hotels, and other public places.  Many of these attacks can be prevented by security measures such as lighting, fencing, gates, cameras, and security guards. However, many business owners and operators have negligent security measures that are inadequate to deter and prevent crime.

If a property owner or business fails to protect you from criminal acts you may have a negligent security claim for the personal injury you suffer.  You may be entitled to recover money for your medical and mental health care expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  If you are the victim of a criminal attack the most important thing you must do is immediately call 911.  You may need immediate medical attention, and the police need to investigate your attack. Seek any necessary follow up medical care and mental health care to alleviate the psychological trauma suffered by crime victims.  If you suffer personal injury from a criminal attack in a public place contact The Berman Law Firm to pursue your negligent security claim.

What to do in case of a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident

September 13, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   personal injury,slip and fall,trip and fall   |   0 Comments

The owners and operators of stores, restaurants, malls, and other public places are legally obligated to maintain their facilities in a safe condition and protect the public from having a slip and fall or trip and fall accident and suffering personal injury.  If they fail to protect you from an accident you may have a claim for personal injury, and you may be entitled to recover money for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are a common occurrence in public places.  If you are involved in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident and suffer personal injury we will pursue your personal injury claim.

There are several things you must do in order to protect your personal injury claim if you are involved in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident in a public place.  First, you should call for help and make sure the store employees are aware of your accident.  In most cases, the store will investigate your accident and document it with an accident report.  However, you should not sign anything given to you by the store.  You should listen carefully during the store’s investigation of your accident and take note of any employee comments such as “it happened again” or “why didn’t we get this cleaned up sooner”.  As the store employee is investigating the accident, you should also inspect and, if you are able, take pictures of the area where you fell and the substance that you slipped or trip and fell before it is cleaned up.  This is very important because as part of your personal injury claim you will need to prove that the store knew or should have known that the substance was on the floor for enough time to clean it up before your slip and fall or trip and fall accident.  For example, if you slipped on spilled soda, you will want to inspect the area and determine whether there are any visible shopping cart tracks in the soda or whether the floor has become sticky from the soda. This sort of evidence is crucial to proving your personal injury claim.  You should also write down the names and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed your slip and fall or trip and fall accident.  You should also get the names and phone numbers of anyone who is in the same aisle or area as you even if they did not actually see you fall.  Finally, seek immediate medical attention for your injuries and contact us to pursue your personal injury claim.

Governor Scott Vetoed Law Allowing Increased Highway Speed Limits

June 07, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   car accident   |   0 Comments

Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed Florida Senate Bill 392 (2014).  Click here to review the governor’s veto letter.  Had this bill become law it would have allowed the speed limit on certain highways in Florida to be increased to 75 mph, making auto accidents more likely to occur on Florida highways.  This veto keeps Florida in the majority of states with speed limits not in excess of 70 mph.  We previously posted about this bill, emphasizing the increased dangers of driving at higher rates of speed, including the occurrence and severity of an auto accident.  No matter the speed limit, we ask you to slow down to help prevent and lessen the incidence of personal injury and wrongful death resulting from an auto accident.

2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report

May 23, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   boating accident   |   0 Comments

Today the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission published its 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report.  The 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates there were sixty-two fatalities caused by a boating related accident in Florida in 2013.  Drowning is reported as the leading cause of death. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also reports there have been eleven fatalities caused by a boating related accident in Florida so far this year.  The 2013 Boating Accident Statistical Report stresses the importance of boating safety, including more careful boat operation and the use of life jackets.  

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulates Florida’s fish and wildlife resources to protect their well-being and ensure enjoyment by Florida’s residents and visitors.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission‘s core missions includes resource protection, waterway regulation, and public safety.  In carrying out these objectives, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission balances the needs of over one thousand fish and wildlife species and their habitats with the needs of Florida’s residents and visitors.  

A boating accident can result in serious personal injury or wrongful death.  As we begin Memorial Day weekend and celebrate the start of summer, we should enjoy Florida’s beautiful waterways carefully and safely.  

Four Florida Metropolitan Areas Most Dangerous for Pedestrian Accident Nationwide

May 21, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   pedestrian accident   |   0 Comments

This week urban design activist organization, Smart Growth America, through its National Complete Streets Coalition, published Dangerous by Design 2014, a pedestrian safety report.  Dangerous by Design 2014 identifies four Florida metropolitan areas, including Miami-Fort Lauderdale, as the four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians nationwide.  Smart Growth America advocates for smart growth solutions as many American cities are undergoing urban revitalization.  As you drive through south Florida’s urban centers, you may have noticed signs in the middle of the road warning drivers to yield to pedestrians.  These and other safety precautions help lessen the number of pedestrian accidents.  A pedestrian accident usually results in catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death.  Drivers are required by Florida law to share the road with pedestrians but they often do not.  Please be extra careful when driving by pedestrians to help prevent a pedestrian accident and the resulting personal injury.