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I suffered a premises liability-related injury: Who should pay?

When you enter someone's property in Florida, you can reasonably expect not to get injured. This essentially means that the owner of the property is responsible for keeping the environment safe. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and you may end up getting injured on the other party's property, which is grounds for a premises liability claim.

An incident that might lead to a premises liability claim could be a slip-and-fall accident at a store or suffering injuries on a ride at an amusement park. Injuries could also occur in a hotel lobby, somewhere else on hotel property or in a company's parking lot. In addition, a premises liability-related injury may occur at a condominium, apartment or restaurant, to name a few.

After a crime, is a hotel liable?

You're staying at a hotel when someone breaks into your room. You're robbed and injured in the encounter. The police respond, the offender is arrested and you get your valuables back. However, you also wind up in the hospital, and you're wondering if the hotel is liable.

It certainly can be in some situations, but it depends on a number of factors. Most important, perhaps, is negligence. Did the hotel owners know there was a risk? Did they do nothing to prevent it? If so, then they may have exposed you to a greater level of risk than was necessary.

Your rights when your landlord ignores security concerns

You chose your apartment because it came with solid security measures. You didn't want to feel threatened in your own home. You wanted it to be a place where you could relax. You were assured when you signed the lease that that's exactly what you were going to get.

If only it had been true. The security was negligent and at times non-existent, and you were seriously hurt by an intruder. The police responded and arrested him or her, but now you're wondering if you have a right to compensation from the property owners. After all, you didn't get what you were promised and what you paid for every week.

Drowsy driving is less dangerous than aggressive driving

Drowsy driving is very dangerous, and it gets a fair amount of press, especially when it comes to truck drivers. However, some studies have shown that aggressive driving is actually a bigger issue.

The study looked at drivers who had crashed and compared them to those who had not. Those who had crashed at least once -- the study also included those with multiple accidents -- were:

Tailgating is often not aggressive, but a habitual mistake

When you think of a tailgater, you probably think of some who is angry and impatient. He or she is riding right on your bumper, glaring at you with every passing mile, even though you're already going the speed limit. The tailgater is trying to push you to go even faster, and he or she probably flies by in a furious passing maneuver as soon as there's any room.

This absolutely happens, but some experts note that it's not always aggression that causes drivers to tailgate. In many cases, it's just a dangerous habit. They always drive far too close to the cars ahead of them, perhaps ignorant of the danger.

What objects do surgeons forget inside the body most often?

You get out of surgery, and you're in a lot of pain. You assume it's just the normal healing process at first, but the pain doesn't go away. You go back in and find out that the surgeon actually left a foreign object inside your body before stitching you back up.

Even though it sounds shocking, this happens year in and year out. Some of the most common items left behind are instruments used for surgery, such as scalpels, tweezers, clamps or scissors. You can imagine how detrimental this is for your body.

30 percent of hit and run accidents happen on the road

You may have heard that hit and run accidents are most common in parking lots. You get out of work, take the elevator down to the lot, and find out that someone smashed in the back end of your car and drove off during the day. You have no idea when it happened or who did it, unless the lot has a camera that caught the car and/or the license plate number.

It's true that these wrecks are more common, with a full 70 percent happening in parking lots, according to some studies. However, that still means that 30 percent of these accidents happen on the road, while the drivers who are hit are in their vehicles and in danger of being injured.

Driver allegedly runs stop sign, kills 25-year-old woman

A car accident in Florida left one woman dead on Monday, April 3. The woman was just 25 years old at the time, and she was from Lehigh Acres.

According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was heading south, driving down Williams Avenue. She got to the intersection with West 9th Street, which has a stop sign that controls traffic on that road. As she went through, police say that another driver ran that stop sign, slamming directly into the side of her vehicle.

Who can throw you a line if you've been hurt in a boat crash?

When you live in Florida, it's difficult to get very far from the water. Easy access to inland waterways and the ocean pretty much defines existence in the Sunshine State, and many residents choose the aquatic life for recreation.

If you are a boat owner, you're not alone. There are over 915,000 registered boats in Florida, more than in any other state. As with any endeavor featuring a motorized vehicle, however, boating carries with it the risk of accident and injury.

Don't get stonewalled after a botched gallbladder surgery

One of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States is laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. Removal of the gallbladder is the best solution for people with painful and recurring gallstones.

Most patients opt for laparoscopic treatment rather than traditional surgery because of the decreased healing time and reduced discomfort. Although generally regarded as a safe procedure, any surgery can be risky, particularly when anesthesia is involved.

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