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Personal Injury Premises Liability


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NYC: On Tuesday, a parking garage in New York’s Financial District partially collapsed, resulting in the death of one worker, injuries to five people, and damage to multiple cars as concrete floors collapsed on top of each other. Witnesses reported hearing a loud rumbling sound, followed by screams. Some people were trapped inside the building during the collapse, and one person’s body remained in the rubble for a long time after the incident. The garage had a history of safety violations and hazardous conditions, but it had not been inspected under the city’s new law mandating garage inspections. Before this law, parking garages were exempt from periodic inspections that other buildings were required to undergo. The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating the collapse, and city officials are looking for ways to prevent such incidents in the future.

Building collapses are catastrophic events that can result in loss of life, injuries, and extensive property damage. They can occur due to various reasons, including structural failure, natural disasters, or human error.

Structural failure is one of the primary reasons for building collapses. This can be caused by various factors, including poor design, faulty construction, use of low-quality materials, and lack of maintenance. Over time, buildings can also weaken due to environmental factors such as earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.


By the Perazzo Law Firm

Miami Beach: Efforts are on the way to find survivors trapped under the rubble of a partially collapsed high-rise condo building in Surfside, Miami-Dade.

According to early reports, one person has died, and many others were injured when the 12-floor-building, set in an oceanfront community with a population around 6,000, came tumbling down this morning. According to eye-witness reports and residents, there were a lot of people in the building when part of it collapsed.

Apparently, the building had undergone some repair work on the roof, but the building is believed to have structural failure and is considered unsafe. If this is the case, the building operator or owner, could be held liable for any grave consequences or injuries sustained by its tenants or residents. The Surfside Community Center is where authorities are transporting residents and relatives that lived in the the partially collapsed building. The partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South, which is located at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, affected almost 130 units, with many of its residents at sleep at 2 a.m., time which it is believed the Champlain Towers South collapsed.

DeSantis concerned over Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside

During a news conference Thursday morning at Hillsborough Community College, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, highlighted the extraordinary assistance by first responders, whose efforts helped save the lives of those that fell victim to the partial collapse at the Champlain Towers condominium in Surfside. Unfortunately, Governor DeSantis was hesitant to announce good news coming from the collapse site anytime soon, stating; “We are bracing for some bad news given the destruction that we’re seeing.”


When a building falls to the ground, it may lead to catastrophic bodily injury such as paralysis, loss of limbs, or wrongful death. These incidents are usually the result of negligence by the building operator or owner. Thus, legal action through a dedicated accident lawyer will be needed to obtain compensation from the building operators or property owners. Building operators and condo owners owe a duty to their tenants and residents to make sure their structures are sound and are in no risk of collapsing. This includes walls, floors, roofs, stairwells, balconies, or any other part of a building that may not be structurally sound.

Some factors that may result in a building collapse can include any of the following:

  • Defective or poor-quality construction materials
  • Flaws in the engineering or architectural design
  • Poor ability to detect structural building flaws during inspections
  • Defects in the foundation and layout of the framework
  • Negligent and poor building maintenance
  • Failure to abide by design specifications
  • Avoidable Fires and Fire prevention
  • Unattended to damage from water or flooding

If you, a friend, or relative was injured in a building that collapsed, contact the PERAZZO LAW FIRM ONLINE NOW for FREE initial consultation and ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET FEES to our clients.

In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm advises victims to seek immediate legal advice to determine what sort of compensation may be available to you in the event of injuries, damages, or losses.


Jonathan Perazzo, personal injury lawyer and founder of the Perazzo Law Firm, describes Premises Liability as the duty of a public or private establishment or business operator to make sure their premises present no danger to visitors and or cause any personal injury to individuals. However, in order to do so, fault on behalf of the business operator must be determined. A Premises Liability lawyer must gather information to verify whether there was third party negligence, and that the proprietor, manager, or operator of an establishment was aware of the potential dangers at the time of the accident that led to the client’s personal injury or property damage. In other words, if you are somewhere at sometime in Miami, it is the property owner’s duty to make sure you, a family member, or loved one is not in danger or at risk of falling victim to personal injury due to the proprietor’s negligence. This however, may depend on a number of factors which must be determined by one of our professional Miami personal injury lawyers serving Premises Liability claims. The situation and extent of injuries play a big part in determining liability for compensation claims for premises liability, which may include Slip, Trip, and Fall accidents. There are three principle factors which determine the status for a premises liability claim in Miami.

Who are you when you are somewhere in Miami?

Whenever someone walks into a Miami shop, restaurant, hotel, bar, theater, or someone’s apartment, they are either:

An Invitee– 1.(Public) An individual who enters a public establishment to conduct some sort of business purpose (or not) that may involve the purchase of goods or services. This may be a shopping mall, grocery store, bank, hotel, restaurant, etc.. Invitee- 2.(Business) An individual that enters an establishment to carry out a specific business transaction. An invitee must however, be careful and stay alert to any evident and existing potential dangers on the premises. For example, if there is a large ditch down a supermarket aisle and there are warning signs, a person that falls down the ditch, may not be able to claim for premises liability. There must be undisputed proof of negligence on behalf of the property owner, manager, or operator for a legitimate Premises liability claim on behalf of the invitee.

A Licensee– An individual that is on another individual’s property even though the property is not intended to welcome the general public. The proprietor in this case, has granted another individual permission to enter his/her premises and is liable for any injuries sustained by the licensee.

A Trespasser– An individual that enters another individuals private or public property without the consent of the proprietor, manager, or operator of said private or public establishment, cannot file a Premises Liability claim in the event of suffering personal injury, property damage or loss on the property in question. In other words, trespasser are on their own when it comes to entering another persons property unlawfully. Thus, the property owner may not be held liable and has no duty to provide hazard-free conditions for trespassers. However, there are cases when trespassers can hold property owners liable for personal injury compensation in the event of an accident. There are two types of trespassers; discovered and undiscovered. Special laws apply to each and it is the duty of a professional personal injury lawyer to provide trespassers with the different scenarios to consider in a premises liability claim following an accident.

Business owners and operators of public or private spaces have a legal responsibility to provide safe and adequate conditions for all those that visit their establishments. Premises Liability is based on protecting the rights of victims that suffer personal injury, loss, or wrongful death on the private or public premises of an individual or business. The Perazzo Law Firm’s Personal Injury Litigation attorneys represent those that have suffered personal injury or loss through a Slip, Trip and Fall Accident brought on by the negligence of property owners or operators. Our North Miami Beach office attorneys and staff have handled thousands of cases for clients that have suffered personal injury during everyday activities such as: grocery shopping in a supermarket, vacationing at a hotel, dining in a restaurant, riding a roller-coaster, or crossing through a parking lot. The Perazzo Law Firm has a proven track-record of providing our clients with just compensation for injuries such as: Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, fractures, or other work related losses from Premises Liability situations.

If you, a friend, or relative has fallen victim to violence which resulted in property damage, or you property was damaged due to a natural disaster, contact the Perazzo Law Firm ONLINE to find out about filing an insurance claim for property damage. The Perazzo Law Firm offers FREE initial consultations and ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET FEES to clients seeking compensation from an insurance provider through a property damage insurance claim.

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