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Slip and Fall and Premises Liability

Slip and Fall / Premises Liability: Under this theory, the owners and occupiers of land or property owe a legal responsibility for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. These laws are largely dependant on state law and vary from state-to-state. What's usually important in these cases is to look at the status of the injured. Where they a trespassor or were they invited to the property? The status of the injured person with regards to the property might play a role in determining duty, depending on the state. Courts might also look at the condition of the property. Finally, there may be special laws applying to landlords and lessors of property.


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We were just telling you last month that, with a little care and respect, it was still safe to visit Hawai'i this summer. And then a lava bomb crashed through the roof of a tour boat, injuring 23 passengers off the coast near Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. (It turns out the tour company has been sued twice in the last five years for "failing to warn passengers of dangerous conditions" and "dispensing with any kind of risk assessment when selecting an area to view the volcanic eruption.")

While the U.S. Coast Guard extended the restricted area around the Kilauea volcano to 1,000 feet, the incident does raise concerns about safety in and around our national parks, and what happens if you're injured in one. Here's what you need to know.

Cruise Ship Sued for No-Slip Flooring Injury

No good deed goes unpunished. That's what a Virginia dinner cruise line must be thinking, after it was hit by a lawsuit from one of it's passengers for, ironically, a no-slip-and-fall. While playing cornhole on an area of the ship with no-slip flooring, a passenger fell. He claimed the special flooring made it impossible for him to properly shift his weight while stepping to throw a beanbag.

Interestingly, one of the most common Maritime lawsuits arising from incidents on a cruise ship is a slip-and-fall claim. So what is a responsible cruise line to do? The honest answer is: do all you can do avoid slip and fall injuries. According to a 2010 survey, usually there are over 100 on-board slip and fall injuries reported per ship per year, and some lead to judgments in the millions of dollars.

It's summertime, meaning you're probably going to be spending some time around the pool during the next few months. Few things are more relaxing than being pooling on a sunny day, and, unfortunately, few places are as dangerous, to children and adults alike.

Sadly, accidents happen at swimming pools. And when they do, whose fault are they? That could depend on whose pool it is and the type of injury involved. Here's a look at pool safety and the law, from our archives:

On September 10, 2017, Spencer Hight walked into his estranged wife's home and opened fire on the football watch party she was hosting with an AR-15, killing her and seven of her guests. Before the shooting, Hight had been drinking at a bar down the street and was allegedly visibly intoxicated while he was being served.

Now parents of three of Hight's victims are suing the Local Public House in Plano, Texas, as well as the bartender who served him, claiming the bar was grossly negligent in failing to monitor Hight's alcohol consumption and continuing to serve Hight alcohol, and also that his intoxication was "a proximate cause" of the shooting.

Summer Beach Injuries: Who Is Liable?

At long last, summer weather is upon us. Barbecues, swimming pools, and farmer's tans are beckoning. And not to rain on your summertime parade, but it's important to remember that accidents and injuries can happen anywhere, even when you're just planning on a relaxing day at the beach. So, whether you're headed to Malibu, Cape Cod, or any of the beaches in between, we hope it'll be a blissful visit. But just in case, let's review some summer beach injuries and related liability issues.

Most landlords try to make their rental properties as attractive to new tenants as possible. After all, they want to be able to charge the highest rents and attract the best tenants possible. Obviously, this includes making the property as safe as possible.

But accidents happen. And when a tenant is injured on a landlord's property, questions about who's liable, and how do you prove it, can be rather complicated.

USC Fraternity Settles Drone Injury Lawsuit

A lot of unfortunate things can happen at a frat party. Usually, recovery simply entails plenty of water, a greasy breakfast, and a temporary ban on words like "vodka" and "beer." But sometimes the injuries are much worse, and the recovery much tougher.

One student attended a frat party at USC back in 2015, but instead of just a hearty hangover, she was hit in the head by a drone. Now, that student and the USC fraternity have reached a settlement in her drone injury lawsuit.

Woman Loses Slip and Fall Case Against Walgreens

People can slip and fall for a variety of reasons, from being careless to encountering a hazard on the ground. Sometimes if people fall because there was a hazard present, they may be able to recover for their injuries. This is because businesses have a general duty of care to keep people reasonably safe while they're on the business's premises. But, in order to succeed in this type of lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove that the business was at fault.

Since one woman who fell in an Indiana Walgreens was unable to prove this, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision to grant Walgreens' motion for summary judgment.

Last week, an Alabama jury awarded $7.5 million to a man who fell while shopping for watermelons at a local Walmart. That may seem like a lot for a simple slip and fall, but security camera footage showed several shoppers suffering similar entanglements with a pallet hidden beneath the watermelon display, and Henry Walker went from playing basketball a few times a week with his friends to needing a walker just to get around after shattering his hip.

The case got us thinking about some of the biggest jury awards and settlements following slip and fall lawsuits, so here are the top five from our archives:

Who knew shopping was this dangerous? Henry Walker found out while reaching for a watermelon in an Alabama Walmart in 2015. Walker's foot got caught in a wooden pallet on the floor, causing him to fall and shatter his hip.

Walker sued Walmart, claiming the retailer should've known the pallet was likely to cause an injury and failed to "exercise reasonable care, to maintain and keep its premises in a reasonable safe condition, and to warn the public of unsafe and hazardous conditions." A jury agreed, and awarded Walker $7.5 million in damages.