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PERSONAL INJURY
Amusement Parks
The attorneys at The Taft Law Firm have seen firsthand how negligence in the assembly, maintenance or repair of carnival and amusement park rides (including their safety bars, locks, braking systems, platforms, ramps and stairways) can have tragic consequences. When the ride operators or attendants are poorly trained and are not vigilant in watching for these and other problems with the rides, the consequences can be deadly.
The Taft Law Firm recently represented the child and parents of a young man tragically thrown from a rollercoaster. He was thrown some 30 feet to the pavement below and died of bone-crushing trauma and organ damage. From the start of the wrongful death litigation, the carnival owners, operators and their insurance companies produced a mass of lawyers and experts to do everything they could to exonerate their ride and operations - including blaming the victim. The Taft Law Firm assembled and worked with experts across various disciplines, including ride industry operations, engineering, biomechanics, medical and other experts to unearth the evidence and prepare the case for trial.

With dogged pursuit, we were able to thoroughly examine the ride and its history- revealing defects in the repair and maintenance of the ride’s safety restraint system, inadequate training of ride operators and attendants, a lack of adherence to safety policies and guidelines, and a failure to act upon the “red flags” of previous similar restraint system failures. With these multiple negligent activities and defective conditions, the decedent never stood a chance. With such evidence brought to light, we successfully secured a multimillion dollar recovery for the decedent’s surviving child and parents.
If you have been injured, or a loved one killed, at an amusement park or carnival/midway, you may have claims for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, impairment, mental anguish, and other personal injury or wrongful death damages. The interests of the ride operators, owners, manufacturers and other involved entities will be represented by the insurance companies and lawyers to no end. Allow The Taft Law Firm to represent and protect your interests.
Automobile, Bus and Trucking
The law imposes a duty upon people who operate motor vehicles to exercise reasonable and ordinary care in the operation of their vehicles to avoid endangering the public safety. However, the increasing number of collisions involving sleepy 18-wheeler/semi truck drivers, texting and distracted teen and adult drivers, and “late for their next appointment” speeding drivers show that not every vehicle operator is adhering to the rules of the road.

Unfortunately, these speeding or otherwise impaired drivers cause collisions that leave severe, permanently disabling or fatal injuries in their wake. Most often, broken bodies, broken spirits, broken families, and a mailbox full of medical bills are what accompanies these serious motor vehicle injuries or fatalities. To make matters worse, injured parties or the bereaved family are left to deal with insurance companies that show little, if any, concern for their physical and emotional suffering or financial well being.
If you have been severely injured, or have lost a loved one, in a car, bus or trucking collision, you deserve to have your interest protected. Before being subjected to long drawn out insurance company “claim evaluations” (aimed at forcing you to relent and accept a lowball settlement for substantially less than what you and your family are entitled), consult the attorneys at The Taft Law Firm for aggressive pursuit of the rights, compensation, and other remedies the law provides.
Premises Liability Cases (Including Slip and Fall, Apartment Complexes, Hotel and Resorts, Elevators, and Inadequate Security cases).
Premises Liability is that area of the law that deals with situations where a person’s injuries have been caused by conditions of the premises or by some activity that happened on the premises earlier and was not going on at the time the injury occurred. Generally, the circumstances at the time and place of the injury helps to determine the injured person’s status (invitee, licensee, or trespasser) and the duty owed to the injured person.
An invitee enters a premises with the possessor’s knowledge and for the benefit of both parties. The possessor of the premises owes an invitee a duty to use ordinary care to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition, including the duty to protect and warn invitees against unreasonable risks of harm and the duty not to injure the invitee willfully or through gross negligence.
A licensee is one who enters the premises with the possessor’s knowledge, but only for the licensee’s convenience or on business for someone other than the possessor. The possessor of the premises owes the licensee a duty to use ordinary care to protect them from hidden dangers the possessor knows about, including the duty to not injure the licensee willfully or through gross negligence.
A trespasser is one who enters the premises without lawful right or possessor consent, entering simply for the trespasser’s own purpose or inquisitiveness. The possessor of the premises owes the trespasser a duty not to injure him or her willfully or through gross negligence.
Slip and Fall
Slip-and-fall accidents can occur because of soapy or wet floors, loose or damaged floor coverings, unsecure handrails, unlit or damages stairs, or a host of other dangerous conditions. Where a store or business is open to the public, its owner or operator may be liable for a slip and fall based on negligent activities conducted on the premises or based on a dangerous condition or defect on the premises. While some of these slip and fall incidents leave people with minor bumps and bruises, still others result in fractured or broken bones, spinal cord injuries, or significant brain injuries.
Apartment Complexes
Landlords who maintain control over parts of a property may be liable for injuries caused by defective conditions on those portions of the property the landlord controls. Examples include public stairs used by tenants to enter and leave their apartments. Similarly, landlords may be liable where unreasonably dangerous conditions in parking lots or on sidewalks lead to injury.

Landlords who are aware of hidden defects and fail to warn of or make the defective conditions safe may also be subject to liabilities for resulting injuries in premises liability cases.
Where a landlord has contracted to make repairs, they may be liable for not doing so if the tenant has given notice that repairs were needed or the lease required the landlord to inspect to see if repairs were needed. Where a landlord makes repairs, they may be liable for injuries arising from the negligence in making those repairs.

If you have been injured at an apartment complex, contact The Taft Law Firm about your legal rights.
Hotel and Resorts
Unfortunately, family vacations and personal business trips are not immune to negligent activities or dangerous conditions that cause personal injury. Guests have been seriously injured as they sought to enjoy hotel amenities and participate in activities on hotel grounds. Changes or shortages in maintenance/grounds crews or hotel staff can lead to laxed attention to the details necessary for the safe operation of hotels and resorts. As a consequence, guests are subject to collisions during boat and vehicle transports, slip and fall incidents, dangerous elevators and stairwells, and other negligent activities and defective conditions. If you or a loved one has been injured at a hotel or resort, The Taft Law Firm may be able to help.

Elevators

Given their common presence throughout the stadiums, stores, shopping malls, and office buildings people frequent daily, vigilance in the operation, repair and maintenance of elevators and escalators is certainly something the public has come to expect. If an elevator or escalator experiences serious mechanical or electrical failures, the probability of serious injury or death is present given the number of people these instruments transport. Elevator owners owe a duty of ordinary care to protect people from an unreasonable risk of harm caused by the elevator.
If you or a loved one has suffered an elevator or escalator injury or death, The Taft Law Firm may be able to help in the recovery of your damages.
Inadequate Security Cases
The provision of adequate security is a responsibility of owners and operators of apartment complexes, hotels, stores, and other businesses in the interest of protecting their tenants, visitors and customers - particularly where these property owners know these unreasonably dangerous conditions persist. If a premises owner or operator knows or has reason to know of an unreasonable risk of harm, they may have a duty to protect people from the criminal acts of a third party.
When criminal conduct continues to repeatedly occur on or near the property, it makes sense that the owners or operators would take measures to involve police and strengthen security for their tenants and patrons – like providing functioning alarm systems and access gates to the property, proper lighting, routine surveillance and guards. When inadequate security leads to significant injury or death, that apartment complex or business owner and operator can be held to account.
The Taft Law Firm will examine the facts and circumstances of your case to see if the laws concerning inadequate security can help you and your family.
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