Eight Injured When Wall Collapses at Hard Rock Casino
Eight people were injured at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa when a twelve to fifteen foot high construction wall fell last Friday night. The police reported that of the eight people injured, three were transported to the hospital for treatment. One man injured received a broken arm in the collapse, and the other injuries are unknown.
The accident occurred around 11 p.m. when a temporary construction wall fell into a corridor where customers walk to and from the casino floor. The wall was made of wood and sheet rock. It was placed a few weeks ago to separate the existing casino from a construction area being built to hold future high limit slots.
According to the casino, there were no warning signs that the wall was unstable. The casino staff roped off the area between the casino and construction site for now, and the Hard Rock will remain open to guests and players.
Florida Premises Liability
Generally speaking, property owners or the occupiers of property have a duty to make sure that their properties are safe for visitors. If a person is injured on someone else’s property, he or she may seek to bring a claim against the owner known as a premises liability lawsuit.
Premises liability law applies to everyone that owns or occupies land. This includes homeowners, small business owners, managing companies who run large commercial areas like shopping malls, hotels, casinos, grocery stores, gyms, and bar and restaurant owners. It also applies to any person or business that is leasing space where visitors would go.
In premises liability lawsuits, the injured person must prove to the court that the injuries sustained resulted from the property owner’s failure to make the property safe. In order to accomplish this, the victim of the accident must prove the following:
- The property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition;
- The property owner failed to repair and/or give warning of this dangerous condition; and
- The victim was injured by the dangerous condition.
Limits on Premises Liability Cases
In most circumstances, property owners cannot be held responsible for injuries caused by conditions on their property that they did not know about nor had any reason to know about. Additionally, a person entering another’s property is still required to exercise reasonable care for their own safety.
Compensation for Premises Liability Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured on another person’s property, you may have a claim for damages. Compensation for injuries sustained in a premises liability accident includes:
- Present and future medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Impaired earning ability;
- Transportation to and from medical appointments;
- Medication costs;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
…and other damages that are related to the injuries sustained on another person’s property.
Contact a Florida Premises Liability Lawyer Today
If you or someone that you know has been injured inside a store, restaurant, amusement park, hotel, hospital, or other establishment in Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Tampa, Orlando or anywhere in the greater central Florida area, let the premises liability lawyers at The Pendas Law Firm help. Call or contact our office today for a free and confidential consultation of your case.