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Liability for injuries from falls into a Florida pit or hole

Many people are involved in accidents each year in Florida. These accidents can be caused by a number of different reasons, and some of them can result in significant injuries. The law in Florida requires property owners to keep their property safe. This requires owners to try and prevent some of these accidents and injuries from occurring. However, not all property owners keep their property safe and dangerous property conditions develop.

One of these dangerous property conditions is a pit or hole. Many construction projects involve digging holes or pits for various reasons. The law does not prohibit people from digging the holes and leaving them, but they must follow certain rules to do so.

The law states that the company or individual who has a hole or pit on their property larger than two feet deep and two feet wide cannot leave it open unless they enclose it. The enclosure must be good enough to prevent people or animals from falling into the hole.

If they do not and person is injured as a result, the person may be entitled to damages for their injuries. These damages include money for medical bills, lost wages, if they are unable to work, and other damages, if they are no longer able to enjoy certain activities anymore. This compensation can be very valuable to ease the financial burdens associated with injuries.

Unfortunately, not every property owner or company keeps their property safe and free of dangerous conditions, such as a pit or hole. The law sets regulations that force people or companies to enclose any hole that is too big to prevent people from falling in. If they fail to follow the rules, they may be liable for any injuries that result from a fall. Experienced attorneys understand how difficult it can be to recover from injuries and may be able to help make one whole again.

Source: Leg.State.FL.us, "Florida Statute 768.10," accessed on Aug. 10, 2015

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