Category Archives: Negligent Security

Ready to Rent? What You Need to Know Before Booking a Vacation Rental

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Vacation Home Rental Injuries

Traveling this spring break with your family?  You’re probably well aware of the growing market for vacation rentals throughout the U.S. and internationally.  If you’re seeking comfortable accommodations that easily fit a family of 4, 6, or even 10, a vacation home rental may be perfect for your family.  The combination of multiple bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a separate living area make vacation home rentals superior to most hotel options for large groups and families with young children.  In addition, many rentals include washing machines and clothes dryers as well as bikes, canoes, toys and games for your use.

Whether this is your first time booking a vacation rental or you’ve rented multiple times, here are a few important tips you should consider when renting:

Do Your Homework

  • Use established, reputable vacation rental marketplaces such as AirBNB, HomeAway, FlipKey or VRBO
  • Be aware that some cities, such as New York City and San Francisco, have banned home vacation rentals for short-term rentals (less than one month.) Do your homework, verify the owner, and check local laws to be sure you don’t book a rental that could be closed for violating local laws.
  • Be especially careful when setting up international transactions: there is minimal legal recourse  beyond ordinary contract law and no specific government agency is set up to regulate international rentals.

Verify the Property

  • If the photos look amazing, the price is overly affordable, and it seems “too good to be true,” it probably is. Trust your instincts and find out why the price doesn’t match the assumed property value.  If you’re still skeptical, move on to another listing.
  • Don’t rely on your friends’ assessment of the property; she may be relying on yours. Be sure to take the time to review the property, location, and owner info in detail before committing.
  • Contact the homeowners association, if applicable, or the cleaning or maintenance company to verify ownership.
  • If possible, check out the property prior to the actual vacation 

Pay with Care

  • Prior to issuing any payment, request a complete rental contract with vacation dates, total price, price breakdown with taxes, cleaning fees, etc.
  • Understand the cancellation, check-in and check-out policies and be sure you have the correct contact information in case there is a problem with the rental
  • Pay with a credit card to protect your payment
  • Consider registering with a trip protection service (many are offered through the larger rental marketplaces.) 

Inspect Upon Arrival

  • Once you arrive, take a few minutes to inspect the home, checking the air conditioning/heating, faucets, doorknobs, toilets, telephone, TV and other electronics, appliances as well as checking for any leaks, cracked drywall, etc. If you find anything, be sure to take pictures and send it in writing to the owner immediately.
  • Avoid accidents by taking special care when using unfamiliar appliances as they may function differently from what you are accustomed. Take caution when using showers and faucets as water may be hotter than you expect.

On behalf of Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., we wish you a fun and safe vacation!

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a slip and fall accident or as the result of an appliance or equipment malfunction at a vacation home or other accommodation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. to learn the steps you need to take now to protect yourself and your family.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Summer Music Festival Safety – Top 4 Tips

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Have you heard of Coachella?  How about Ultra or Tortuga? 

We’re talking MUSIC FESTIVALS!

In addition to the beach, warm weather, and boating, music plays a huge role in summer activities — from local bands drumming up interest at bars to summer concerts and legendary music festivals.   There is little that compares to the fun and excitement of your favorite musicians at a summer music festival.

Whether you, your son or daughter, or a close friend is planning to attend a music festival such as Bonnaroo, Electric Forrest, Lollapalooza, Wakarusa, or Pemberton, we want you or your music fans to  have a fun and safe experience.

The fun will be easy!  The safety just takes some planning and common sense.  Read on for important tips that every music festival attendee and parent should know about.

Music Festival Safety

Music event producers typically review festival safety and security, looking at everything from car and pedestrian traffic to potential drug and alcohol use.  Planning, which often begins many months before the event, involves local law enforcement, event producers and emergency management agencies.

But despite the early planning, many issues at music festivals still remain a challenge for music festival producers and local officials.  Alcohol and drugs are perennial issues affecting the music scene.  Non-consensual sexual activity is another issue given the number of inebriated music festival – goers.  Petty theft is a minor problem.  And dehydration is a common challenge, especially with the prevalence of alcoholic drinks during these hot, summer days.

If you, a family member, or a friend is attending a music concert or festival, take note of these important tips to stay safe and healthy while listening to music and having fun!

Top 4 Music Festival Safety Tips

1.         Ditch Dehydration — Dehydration is your enemy when drinking alcohol and spending time in the sun.  Follow these tips to avoid it.

  • Drink water and lots of it.  Most festivals offer free water at stations throughout the venue.
  • Avoid intense outdoor activity during the hottest time of day (10am – 2pm).  Instead, find some shade and rest.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored layers so you can stay comfortable.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses.

2.         Go with a Group — Go to a music festival with other friends and watch out for each other.

  • Find a “festival buddy” – someone you can trust to always watch out for you.
  • Check out the festival info online and understand the location layout.  Find a designated place to meet friends in case you get split up.
  • Prepare an exit strategy in case of an emergency.
  • Be aware of individuals looking for vulnerable/inebriated women.
  • Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp Site Assistance Team.
  • Figure out where to charge your cellphone.  Most festivals have recharging areas.

3.         Think When you Drink – Moderate your alcohol consumption to avoid getting into a vulnerable situation.

  • Stay within the recommended limits and keep a count of what you are drinking.
  • Keep in mind that you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink
  • Don’t take drinks, drugs or food from strangers.  Similarly, do not leave your food or drinks unattended.  Any drinks, even soft drinks, can be spiked.

4.         Supervise your Stuff — Bring only what you need and plan to keep it safe.

  • Avoid bringing jewelry and valuables to music concerts and festivals.
  • Bring a sturdy backpack to keep any valuables, medications, water, extra layers, and non-perishable food (if permitted) with you.
  • Avoid carrying wallets in your back pocket — it’s easy to lose.
  • Don’t leave anything valuable in the car nor in your tent.
  • Keep some type of toilet paper or tissues as well as hand sanitizer with you since the bathrooms may be crowded and out of toilet paper.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet from sharp objects.

Questions about safety at music concerts, outdoor shows, or music festivals?  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can answer them.  Contact us at (954) 428-9333 or www.goldmandaszkal.com.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Jury Awards Family $5.7 Million in Negligent Security Case

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A jury awarded the family of a 24-year-old deceased South Florida man $5.45 million for past and future pain and suffering plus $253,982 for loss of net accumulations, funeral expenses, loss of support and loss of services. He left behind a son, and his death was two months before the birth of his daughter.
The decedent and his co-worker were working at a car wash connected to a gas station when three young men tried to rob them. The decedent attempted to run away but he was shot from behind by the 16 year old defendant. At trial, it was discovered that the surveillance cameras at the gas station/car wash had not been working for over two years. The station is located in a notoriously dangerous South Florida neighborhood, and there were 4 earlier crimes at the station of which the workers were not advised. Testimony revealed that the manager at the station refused to walk onto the property without an armed escort, and that she insisted that her husband, a security guard, take her to work everyday.
Negligent/Inadequate Security
Florida property owners have a responsibility to people invited onto their premises, either as guests or for a business purpose, to keep the property reasonably safe and warn them of known hazards. In this case, the owner of the gas station and car wash owed a duty to the decedent to provide a safe working environment and to take precautions such as warning their employees of the 4 earlier crimes at the station. Property owners’ responsibilities go beyond structural and basic maintenance issues, such as cleaning up spills and fixing broken steps, particularly where the premises present risks of trespass. As in the deceased South Florida man’s case, a property owner could be liable for injuries caused by a violent crime perpetrated by a trespasser. Alternatively, in limited cases, a property owner could be liable to a trespasser, such as if a child was injured in an unsecured swimming pool. A Florida injury attorney can help you determine the type of liability and fight to recover damages for injuries to you and your loved ones.

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