Discarded Appliances in Florida Are Attractive Nuisances to Children


Jacksonville Florida business owners and homeowners should diligently remove all dangers from the property. This especially applies to dangers that may lure or interest Florida children. In turn, children can sustain serious injuries and even death when they play in areas with trash, appliances and construction sites. Florida lawmakers passed a law that declared discarded appliances to be Attractive Nuisances.

Children have been known to play in iceboxes, refrigerators, washers, and dryers left in yards and abandoned lots. Games and make believe games involving these items often times lead to serious injuries and death. In these unfortunate circumstances, the services of a Florida child injury lawyer can help guide the family through complicated legal issues like

Pursuant to Section 823.08, Florida Statutes, Iceboxes, refrigerators, deep-freeze lockers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, or similar airtight units abandoned or discarded; attractive nuisance.–Abandoned or discarded iceboxes, refrigerators, deep-freeze lockers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, or similar airtight units from which the doors have not been removed are declared to be an attractive nuisance to children and a menace to their health and safety when accessible to them whether or not such children are trespassers. This statute can be accessed at the official Florida Statute website by clicking here.

Property owners and homeowners can be held liable for injuries caused by items listed in Section 823.08. In addition, a person or business can be held liable for other Attractive Nuisances left on property which could include piles of trash, abandoned vehicles, unprotected equipment, buildings or sheds in disrepair, unfenced electrical equipment, and unfenced retaining ponds. I have personally handled many such cases. It is always difficult to handle these cases especially when serious injury and death could have been prevented by simple and inexpensive safety precautions and efforts.

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