Florida Premises Liability Attorneys
On Thanksgiving night, after millions of people throughout Florida had sat down to well-stocked tables of turkey and stuffing, a partially repaired roof on a six-story apartment building in Daytona Beach disrupted the otherwise peaceful ending to the holiday for over 100 individuals. According to the official report, it was near midnight when Dorman, a resident of the Overlook Apartments, exited his unit and was met with the sound of running water. The sound was coming from the stairwell and Dorman went to investigate. When he peeked through the doorway and into the stairwell, he saw what looked like a waterfall going down the entirety of the stairs.
A day care in Orange County was severely damaged in a fire that took place early on Wednesday morning, according to a report from fire officials with the Apopka Fire Department. The official report as it currently stands delivers scant information, however it seems that the fire began at some point either very late on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday morning, a factor which meant that at the time of the blaze no one was in the building.
After nearly a week, Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released the names and complete details of the two two-year-olds who drowned in separate swimming pools in Apopka between last Friday and Tuesday. The tragic and disturbing case of the children’ deaths has shocked the city, and is leaving a community of parents wondering if they can ever keep their children fully protected.
Walker International Events, an entertainment company based in Sarasota, Florida, may face up to $33,000 in federal fines for improperly anchoring a circus tent and failing to heed warnings by the National Weather Service indicating high winds associated with a storm in New Hampshire last August. The storm’s high winds caused the circus tent to topple during a performance, killing a father and his 6-year-old daughter. An additional fifty people were injured in the incident, including two circus workers.
There has been a lot of discussion in the media recently on the benefits of limits on the damages that medical malpractice victims can receive in court awards. This discussion is largely fueled by lobbyists and publicists for the insurance and hospital industries who say that damage caps are necessary in order to prevent medical practitioners, healthcare facilities and patients from being punished due to a small minority of negligent individuals and facilities. They say that caps are necessary to keep malpractice insurance premiums affordable for doctors and healthcare facilities and help prevent doctors from moving their practices to other states.
Appliance manufacturer General Electric has announced that it is recalling more than a million dishwashers due to a fire hazard in the heating element. GE is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in this recall, which affects at least 1.3 million dishwashers sold under the GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint brands. GE reports that the heating elements in these appliances can fail and cause fires and has acknowledged that it has received at least seven reports of dishwasher fires with three causing significant property damage.