Last Update: 02/01/16
Every day, we work in a law office located in one of the most beautiful areas of South Florida, (which some people call the “southernmost Canadian city”), Hallandale Beach, Florida. It’s a town first established in 1895 and is a part of the Miami – Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood dynamic, where lots of South Florida natives live along side visitors and residents heralding from the colder climates of the East Coast states (New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, etc.) and many parts of Canada. Listen carefully, and you’ll hear French Canadian being spoken here as well as English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
One of the biggest attractions in Hallandale Beach for many years now has been the action available at the famous Gulfstream Race Track and Park, officially the “Gulfstream Racing and Casino Park,” located on South Federal Highway and within walking distance of Ocean Drive and its scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Here’s an image of Gulfstream Park from the early 1940s, where even then it was heralded as one of the country’s “most scenic race courses:”
From its early life as a racetrack in the World War II era, Gulfstream Park has expanded — now there are restaurants, casinos, and concerts for visitors and tourists to enjoy as well as the horse racing. It’s a big, fun place that attracts lots of folk.
Hallandale Beach has other attractions, too, of course.
There’s also the Mardi Gras Casino Greyhound Racing Track which has a history to match that of Gulfstream Park. In fact, the Mardi Gras Casino and Dog Track may have an even longer history here in Florida, since its doors first opened back in 1934 as the “Hollywood Kennel Club” to take advantage of the Florida Legislature allowing parimutuel betting in 1931.
In 2006, after a poker facility was offered as well as an expansion of slot machines, the Hollywood Greyhound Track changed its name to today’s Mardi Gras Casino. They also offer other things to guests, things like restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and even a flea market.
Hallandale Beach Slip and Fall Injury
Living and working in Hallandale Beach means we also have access to all the wonderful things offered in Miami and Miami Beach, as well as Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and other surrounding communities. The Diplomat Mall and Fashion Row offer lots of great shopping. We can watch the Miami Dolphins play in the Fall and the Miami Heat play in the Spring; and there are all the great restaurants with four-star chefs offering fabulous food and fine dining. There’s also all that ocean and beach, for fun in the sun.
Hallandale Beach is a great place to visit and a fabulous place to live. However, one thing of which we are also very aware here at our work place is that this community is also a prime location for slip and fall injuries.
Gulfstream Park, Mardi Gras Casino, Shopping Malls, Restaurants: All Prime Locations for a Fall Injury
For both tourists and residents here in Hallandale, there’s lots of walking and running, and climbing ramps and stairs, and strolling along the beaches as the location of much of Hallandale Beach’s attractions have people getting from place to place on foot. You may drive to get there, but you’ll be using those shoes soon.
Which means, that there are lots of places where falling injuries can, and do, happen. After all, water is a component to lots of things we do here because all of the rain we have, and the ocean water, as well as those pool side splashes.
Hallandale Beach Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability claims exist (and Florida law gets involved here) when the fall and the resulting slip and fall injury is caused by the negligence of another. There can be a failure to keep places clean and dry, there can be bad lighting, or lost or damages warning signs, or a failure to properly maintain an area which is known to be hazardous. Any of these conditions can create an environment where someone can get hurt.
Some of these slip and fall accidents can be very serious, especially if the head or back are injured. Others are severe but not permanently life changing, where knees, elbows, or ankles are broken or damaged.
In these situations, for both the Florida resident and the Florida visitor or tourist, there may be a negligence claim based in Florida law to be presented to those responsible for the slip and fall accident. Claims can cover things from medical expenses to pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. If you are the victim of a slip and fall in Hallandale, speak with an experienced injury lawyer to learn about your rights. Most, if not all, injury attorneys offer a free case evaluation.
What Should You Do?
A good piece of advice if you have been harmed in a slip and fall, is to at least speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer before you file a claim to learn about some of the issues that can arise with these claims, including the type of evidence needed to prove a claim and the type and amount of damages you can recover. Most personal injury lawyers, like Alan Sackrin, will offer a free initial consultation (over the phone or in person) to answer your questions.
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- What Type Of Legal Duty Does A Florida Property Owner Have For Injuries To Visitors?: Florida Premises Liability’s Invitee, Licensee, Trespasser Distinctions
Do you have questions or comments? Then please feel free to send Alan an email or call him now at (954) 458-8655.
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