Negligent Security Turns Orlando Dream Vacation Into A Nightmare For International Tourists

Negligent Security Turns Orlando Dream Vacation Into A Nightmare For International Tourists

Orlando is an international travel destination, drawing people from all walks of life and from all areas of the world. Travelers save up for months or even years to make such a trip, arriving excited and eager to make their dreams come true. For one international couple that dream trip turned into a nightmare when they were viciously attacked at gunpoint and the woman was sexually assaulted. All of this occurred inside their motel room near International Drive. The couple in question did nothing wrong, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing that, in their experience, should have set them up to be victims of this terrible crime. And yet, they were. A Pattern Of Crime Opens The Door To Negligent Security After the attack, an investigation turned up several facts that should have alerted the motel property owners and management that their guests’ safety and security was at risk. Two of the most important were: The area was known for having suffered a recent bout of crime, and A similar attack had occurred at the same property, around the same time, by two men who matched similar descriptions just four days prior and no arrests were made. The fact that a similar crime had occurred within a week prior and that the suspects were at-large should have been enough for motel management to see the need to increase security measures. Unfortunately, that did not happen. What is even worse is the fact that the international guests were never informed of the prior incident when they checked in or spoke with staff during their time at the motel. Without this...
Theme Park Accident Liability

Theme Park Accident Liability

Theme parks are a popular outing for a day of family fun, especially in Central Florida. However, with the excitement and adventure of theme parks also comes the risk of injury. When a visitor is injured at a theme park, there are a number of possible legal claims which may be available. These potential claims depend on several factors that dictate the nature of the injury. Theme park accident lawsuits will typically operate under the legal concept of premises liability. What Is Premises Liability?Premises liability is a area of law stating that the owners or operators of a specific area are responsible for keeping the area reasonably safe for others. When responsible parties overlook or neglect a safety issue that causes harm, they may be legally liable for the injuries or damage that occurs as a result. This principle is applied to theme parks. By providing a theme park to the public, the owners and operators accept a certain level of social responsibility to keep the theme park reasonably free of safety hazards and risks.Types of Theme Park ClaimsUnder the law of premises liability, there are two main causes of action that are typically made by theme park accident victims. These causes of action are negligence and product liability. Negligence is defined as the failure to exercise the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised in a similar situation. Product liability is liability for any damages or injuries suffered by a buyer, user, or bystander as a result of a defective product. In the context of a theme park, the owners or operators of property...
“Spectator Sport Safety: The Injuries that are Overlooked”

“Spectator Sport Safety: The Injuries that are Overlooked”

How often do we turn on ESPN or check our Twitter to follow our favorite players and learn about a crucial injury?  Whether it be John Brantley’s lower leg injury for the Florida Gators or the Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu bruised left hip; these are fairly familiar occurrences for major and college level teams.  Injuries sustained by the spectators however, are too commonly overlooked. Spectator injuries can happen anytime and anywhere; whether it be from a fly baseball hitting a child in the crowd during a warm up, or opposing fans engaging in a fist fight in the parking lot after the game or a driver hitting another person while leaving the event. With over 15 million people attending professional sporting events every year, the number of spectator injuries is substantial.  A recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that as much as 1 in 12 fans of major sporting events leave the game above the legal drinking limit, thus compounding the risk of accident or injury to themselves and other spectators. With the NBA All-Star weekend event starting February 24th in Orlando, the Downtown Development Board has estimated tens of thousands of people will be staying in and around this area leading up to the games.   City leaders believe the All-Star Weekend will bring revenues estimated at $100 million to the city.   With this is mind, the City Council has voted to extended the drinking hours of Orlando bars til three am.  This is a great opportunity to showcase all Orlando has to offer but incident reports from previous hosting cities show an increase in...