City’s Negligence Results in Knee Injury

- Keith Bregoff

A Martin County man has suffered a knee injury after slipping on a storm drain mural in front of the Greene County Justice Center.

Michael Trask was walking over one of the dozens of colorful storm drain murals in the city of Springfield. The storm drains, designed and painted to remind the community that what is put down the drains goes into nearby streams, are said to regularly have a sealant applied which also offers added traction.

This one particular storm drain, according to the city, had “fallen off the maintenance schedule”.

Man Suffers Knee Injury as a Result of City’s Negligence

Trask ended up slipping on the storm drain and falling to the ground, resulting in a knee injury. The city’s insurance covered the injury.

The city also states that all storm drains are now maintained on a more rigorous schedule.

Understanding Premises Liability

Premises liability is a legal term used to describe one’s responsibility for properly maintaining their property. When someone is the owner of a property, it is their responsibility to make sure that it is safe and free of any defective conditions that could cause harm or injury to another person.

To win a premises liability case, injured individuals must prove that the owner of the property was negligent when maintaining the property and failed to use reasonable care. You cannot claim that a property owner was negligent simply because you were injured on his or her property.

Different Types of Premises Liability Cases

The case above is a slip and fall premises liability case which is the leading type of premises liability claim. But there are other personal injury cases which could be described as premises liability, including:

  • Dog bites
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Inadequate property maintenance
  • Defective conditions on the property
  • Inadequate security of a building, resulting in injury or assault
  • Water leaks/flooding
  • Toxic fumes
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Escalator or elevator accidents

Learn More about Your Rights with the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA

Premises liability cases seldom go to trial, but it is important for injured parties to consider any settlement offer made by the insurance company.

The Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA offers complimentary consultations to anyone who has suffered a personal injury in Vero Beach and surrounding communities. Arrange for your free initial consultation today at (772) 492-8967.