Accident-Prone Bridge in Madeira Beach

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Fernanda Alvarez was in her senior year of high school; an active member of student council, and a soccer player at Immaculata-La Salle High School in Coconut Grove at the time that she jogged along the side-walk-like median separating the two spans of the John’s Pass bridge. Fernanda didn’t realize there was a gap where the bridge ends abruptly, revealing a 100-foot-long, 3-foot-wide opening. Fernanda fell and shattered her pelvis and broke her arm. Since then, it has been reported that many other visitors have fallen at this spot where the gap is located on John’s Pass Bridge. Last month, Joseph Schlag, of Pinellas Park, fell from the same area and fractured his skull. He remains at Bayfront Medical Center at this time. Fernanda maintains that there were no signs present or guardrails installed to prevent this accident.

Florida law requires property owners to warn visitors of dangerous conditions on their property, or make their property safe for the visitors they invite. This applies to owners of businesses, homes, apartments and other buildings, and certainly public areas such as city bridges, parking lots and sidewalks. The government has more legal protection from slip/trip and fall liability when compared to other types of property owners. However, after proper notice and procedure, a claim can be pursued against the government entity that may own the property.

If you, a family member, or a friend is injured in a slip or trip and fall because of the negligence of the property owner (including government owned property) for failure to make the premises safe), or to warn of the dangers, ALWAYS speak with an attorney about your legal rights! The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been caring for clients in the Tampa Bay area for over 55 years. Contact us today!

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