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Garbage collector badly injured after falling in hidden hole

Trash collectors are often the unsung heroes that keep our cities clean. Without the dedicated individuals who collect, manage and dispose of our refuse, civilization would be buried under garbage within weeks. Keeping your refuse bins organized and the path to them clear of debris is a basic courtesy everyone should provide.

Any number of accidents can occur when a trash collector cannot clearly see their work area. This was the situation in Venice, Florida when trash collector Steve Strickland fell in an obscured hole on a piece of property.

Failure to exercise reasonable upkeep leads to third party lawsuit

According to the Florida Record, Strickland was traversing a grassy area to collect trash when his foot fell in a hole obscured by vegetation; Strickland fell to the ground and sustained injuries. He is now pursuing a lawsuit against the property owners association for not mandating proper upkeep on the property.

Strickland claims that he was injured in several ways and is now seeking compensation for:

  • Bodily injuries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of capacity to enjoy life
  • Hospital expenses
  • Medical treatment

He asserts that had the property owners association adequately inspected the property, performed regular maintenance or warned of the property’s dangerous conditions, then he would not have suffered such a litany of injuries.

Injured on anothers property

While there is not yet definitive resolution for Strickland, it brings up the question of what an individual’s rights are when they are injured on someone else’s property. Anyone in New York who is injured due to dangerous conditions on someone else’s property may consider a premises liability case to help them recover compensation.

There are many examples of conditions which lead to premises liability related injuries, including:

  • Inadequate signage around hazards
  • Open holes in construction sites and other locations
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Poorly lit areas
  • Improperly fastened handrails
  • Falling objects

This is by no means an exhaustive list of hazards that cause these types of injuries. Any instance of an individual being injured due to the negligence of a property owner is most likely grounds for a premises liability case.

Everyone is entitled to living their life and doing their job in a safe environment. Nobody should have to be constantly on their guard for fear that a ceiling tile will fall on them or an exceptionally slippery floor will make them lose their footing. Use common safety sense when you are out and be sure to uphold your rights when others are negligent.

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