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Woman Injured by Falling Masonry at Hotel in Tampa, Florida

Posted on 2 July, 2019 at 23:39 Comments comments (4112)
A woman was injured after attending an event at the famous Floridan Palace Hotel in downtown Tampa.  The woman was standing on the sidewalk outside the hotel when a piece of masonry broke off the hotel wall three stories above the ground and struck her.  The woman was hospitalized because of her injuries.  

The Floridan was built in 1927.  It closed in the 1990's, and remained empty for many years. It was remodeled and re-opened a few years ago.  

A similar thing happened at a hotel in Miami Beach a number of years ago, when a guest walked out the door of the hotel and was struck on the head with a falling object.  

Our office has handled many claims on behalf of people who were injured in Florida hotels or resorts.  Many claims involve falls in the hotel, elevator or escalator injuries, swimming pool accidents, injuries in a parking lot, or food related illnesses.  If you or a loved one were injured in a hotel or resort in Florida, we would be happy to discuss the issues with you.  We offer a free consultation.  Steven Meyer is a board certified expert in handling civil trial cases, which includes personal injury cases.  Please give us a call.

Guest Sues Disney After Bird Attacks Her

Posted on 2 July, 2019 at 23:28 Comments comments (487)
A Florida woman has sued the Disney Corporation after she was attacked by a large bird that nests at Disney's Polynesian Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, outside of Orlando.  The woman was walking on a wooden dock at the Polynesian Resort, where guests can take a boat across a lagoon to Disney's Magic Kingdom or other parks.  According to the lawsuit, the bird "dive bombed" her and struck her very hard in the head.  The woman claims that she suffered herniated discs in her neck and a traumatic brain injury in the bird attack.  The lawsuit claims that Disney was negligent in not keeping the area clear of large birds that might have a propensity to attack people during nesting season.

Our office has handled many cases against Disney for people who were injured at Disney's parks, hotels or resorts.  If you or a family member had an injury at a Disney property, we would be happy to discuss your case.  Steven Meyer is board certified in civil trial law, which means that he is an expert in handling cases of this type.  

Man Paralyzed in Key West Accident

Posted on 1 July, 2018 at 11:16 Comments comments (7052)
A Massachusetts man filed a lawsuit against the owner of a pier in Key West, Florida, after he dove off the pier into shallow water, struck his head under water, and became paralyzed as a result.  The lawsuit claims that the owner should have posted signs indicating that the water was too shallow for diving.

The pier is on the property of the Galleon Resort and Marina.  The injured man, who is an Iraq War veteran, and his family were hotel guests at the resort when the tragedy occurred.  The family trip was to celebrate the man's 40th birthday.

The Cook Group owns and operates the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, the condominium association that governs the residences at the Resort, and Key West Interval Management, were also named defendants in the lawsuit. 

Our office has handled many lawsuits arising from injuries in the Florida Keys.  There are some unique issues involving cases fin places such as Key West, Marathon, Islamorada, Key Largo and Tavernier.  The Florida Keys has a small population, but millions of tourists visit every year.  Steven Meyer is a board certified expert in handling cases involving.  Injuries in the Florida Keys require an aggressive and committed attorney.  If you or a family member have been injured, we would be happy to discuss your case.  Please call us.

Injuries at hotels, resorts, Disney, Universal or Busch theme parks

Posted on 10 November, 2014 at 20:07 Comments comments (401)
An Orlando newspaper's review of nearly 500 lawsuits that injured guests filed against Disney, Universal and Busch Entertainment, led to these conclusions:

  • Few of those who sue a theme park rush into it.   Three quarters of those injured waited at least a year before filing a lawsuit.  Nearly 20% waited almost four years before filing the case in court.  
  • Once sued, a theme park rarely backs down quickly.   More than two-thirds of the cases filed against a theme park remained active in court for at least a year.  Some lasted several years.
  • Most lawsuits are settled out of court.   Fewer than 2% of the cases filed reached a trial.  The rest were settled.   The theme parks won all of the cases that went to trial.
  • Most settlements are secret.  In nearly all of the cases that were settled the theme park insisted on a confidentiality agreement that required the injured person to agree not to discuss or publicize the settlement.

Our office has handled many cases against hotels, resorts and theme parks.   Here are our comments on the newspaper's conclusions: 

The reason many injured people wait before filing a case in court is that they are from out of the area, and they just want to recover a reasonable amount, such as their medical bills.  It is only when the hotel, resort or theme park turns them down that they consult with an attorney.

If the hotel, resort or theme park thinks that there is a possibility that it will lose the case at trial, it will settle the case.  That's why almost all cases are settled before a trial.

If you have been injured at a Florida hotel, resort or theme park (such as Disney, Universal or Busch), you should consult with an experienced attorney right away.  Our office has handled many of these claims, both in the Orlando area and all over Florida.  Steven Meyer is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in civil trial law.  This area of the law includes injury claims.  Only about one percent of the lawyers in Florida are board certified experts in this area of the law.   We offer a free consultation. 

Serious Injuries Continue at Disney Theme Parks in Orlando, Florida

Posted on 11 September, 2014 at 22:37 Comments comments (314)
Visitors continue to suffer serious injuries at Disney hotels, resorts and theme parks in Florida.

A 12-year-old boy recently lacerated four fingers on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride three months before a British tourist had the tops of two fingers severed on the same attraction.

The boy was among 12 people who suffered 'significant' injuries at the Walt Disney World resort in the second quarter of 2014, according to a report made by the company to the State of Florida.  

The 12-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment and later released to continue his vacation with his family.

Details were revealed in the report by Disney chiefs to Florida state officials over the number of accidents at their theme parks in Orlando in 2014.
The youngest person injured was an eight year old girl who lost consciousness on Magic Carpets of Aladdin ride.

A 68 year old man suffered a blot clot in the leg after getting off the Astro Orbiter ride at Epcot while a 64 year old woman broke her leg after falling at the Tomorowland Speedway.

Other theme parks in Orlando also reported injuries from people who passed out after being thrown around on roller coasters.

Guests to the theme park going on the Pirates of Caribbean ride are warned to keep their hands inside and not to put them above their heads or outside the transport vehicle.

Riders are invited to 'set sail on a swashbuckling voyage to a long-forgotten time and place when pirates and privateers ruled the seas.'

It is one of the tamer thrill rides at the Disney theme parks in Orlando with people of all ages allowed to take part with no height restriction.

Disney rates its thrill level on their Magic Kingdom website as being 'Dark, Slow Rides, Small Drops'.

The original Pirates of the Caribbean ride was built at Disneyland in California, and there are also versions in Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park in Paris.


  • Girl, 8, lost consciousness while riding Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
  • Woman, 51, was dizzy, short of breath and nauseated at the Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.
  • Woman, 54, suffered  motion sickness at Epcot’s Mission: Space.
  • Woman, 62, sustained a knee injury in fall at Seas with Nemo & Friends.
  • Woman, 64, fell and fractured her leg at Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.
  • Woman, 68, with a preexisting condition felt chest tightness on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
  • Woman, 70, had chest pains at Epcot’s Mission: Space.
  • Woman, 72, with a preexisting condition passed out after leaving Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  • Boy, 12, lost four fingers at Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Man, 44, fractured leg at Typhoon Lagoon.
  • Man, 58, with a preexisting condition felt nausea and tightness in his chest at Epcot’s Mission: Space.
  • Man, 68, got a blood clot in his leg after falling out of the Astro Orbiter.

If you have been injured at a Disney area hotel, resort or theme park in the Orlando area, you need to consult with an experienced injury attorney.  Steven Meyer is board certified as an expert in civil trial law.  We offer a free initial consultation. 

Woman Attacked by Dog in Hotel

Posted on 30 March, 2014 at 10:40 Comments comments (979)
Florida relies on tourism to support the state's economy.  Many hotels permit their guest to bring their dogs along, but typically the dogs must be restrained or leashed when in the hotel's public spaces.

Recently, in Connecticut, a woman was seriously injured when attacked in a hotel hallway by another guest's dog.   The victim was visiting a friend who was staying in the hotel.  The friend was taking care of a relative's pit bull. 

The victim suffered serious injuries, and the other woman was reportedly having a difficult time keeping control of the pit bull.  The police officer who responded to the scene also had to fight off the dog. When the animal latched onto his arm, he shot the dog.  The dog survived the gun shot and was removed from the hotel without anyone else getting hurt.

The dog is under quarantine, and authorities were working to find the owner in an attempt to find out if it had ever done this in the past.  The owner of the dog that was responsible for the serious injury suffered by the woman may be held liable for the damages caused, such as medical bills of the victim.  In Florida, there are strict liability laws that typically make the owners financially responsible for the damages caused by an unprovoked dog attack. The fate of the dog may also be in question if it is deemed dangerous or vicious by authorities.

If injured by a dog in Florida, you need to find competent injury lawyer as soon as possible.  Our office has handled claims arising from dog bite injuries.  We represent clients in cases throughout Florida, including the metropolitan areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Myers and West Palm Beach.  Steven Meyer is board certified by The Florida Bar in civil trial law.  This means that he is designated as an expert attorney in handling civil trial matters.  Dog bite injuries fall within this area of the law. 

There are strict time limits for bringing any sort of injury claim in Florida.  Consult an experienced personal injury attorney right away.  Our office offers a free initial consultation and we would be happy to speak with you about any Florida injury issue, including injuries arising from car, motorcycle or truck accidents, hotel or resort injuries, and cruise ship injuries. 

Injuries at Walt Disney World and Orlando Hotels and Resorts

Posted on 30 November, 2013 at 22:21 Comments comments (577)
Have you been injured at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida (FL) or at any other hotel, resort or amusement park in Florida?  If so, then you may need a lawyer who is an expert in handling civil trial matters.  This area of law includes injury cases, such as cases in which guests are injured at Walt Disney Word, or other Florida resorts, amusement parks or hotels.

While amusements parks are great fun for families, there can also be dangerous places.  If you have been injured at Walt Disney World or another hotel, resort or amusement park in Florida, you should contact an experienced injury attorney in Florida.

While there are a number of accidents that persons may experience while at Walt Disney World, here are some of the most common:

Slip and Fall Accidents:

With the thousands of people at Disney World every day, there are many spills and other hazards that are caused by inattentive or careless persons. Disney employees  have the responsibility of cleaning up surfaces and removing unsafe objects.

Bus Accidents/Monorail Accidents

To transport the many guests within its parks, Disney uses buses and monorails. Unfortunately, these are susceptible to accidents that cause injury and even death.

Ride/Roller Coaster Injuries

While injuries during an amusement park ride are rare, people often are injured while entering or exiting a ride. Whether due to lack of assistance or an improper safety check, guests may trip or fall. 

Food Poisoning

With all Disney World's many restaurants and eateries, there is a chance that guests may become ill from food that was cooked improperly or contaminated.

Hotel Accidents

Disney World operates a number of hotels and resorts.  Guests may be injured from slip and fall incidents, pool accidents, bed bugs, security negligence, and defective products. If you've experienced injury from one of the following hotels, then please notify our legal team at Steven H. Meyer, P.A.

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas-Jambo House & Kidani Village
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Disney's Boardwalk Villas & Inn
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter & Riverside
  • Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

To learn about accidents that have occurred at Disney World, then please read "Incidents at Walt Disney World".

The Disney Corporation operates Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom.  There are also two water parks and twenty-four resorts on Disney World's 30,000 acres. To get more information about Disney World, you can visit the links below.

What to Do After an Injury at Walt Disney World

If you were injured at a Disney theme park, then there are a few steps that you should take to put yourself in the best position of obtaining compensation.
  1. Document everything! Take photographs, record contact information from witnesses, photocopy medical bills and anything else you thing may be related to your case. This will make your injury and damages easier to prove.
  2. Call our injury law office. Before taking any further action, make sure to obtain legal advice from a lawyer who is an expert in handling civil trial cases, such personal injury cases. Don't sign any forms or admit to any responsibility. The responsible party often does everything they can to try to get out of their rightful payment.

At the law office of Steven H. Meyer, can find the perfect mix of aggressive litigation and compassionate support. We will handle all of your legal needs and so you can focus on rebuilding your life.  Schedule a free consultation with us to take action immediately.

Steven Meyer has nearly 25 years of experience handling hotel and amusement park injury cases.  Our law firm is used to dealing with large corporations and has the ability to handle your case against Walt Disney World or any other hotel or resort company. 

Steven Meyer has been board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in civil trial law.  This area of law includes personal injury cases.  Only board certified attorneys are permitted to call themselves experts or specialists in an area of law.

Florida has strict time limits for bringing an injury claim.  Consult with an experienced Disney hotel and resort injury lawyer as soon as you can. 

Hotel Guest Injured by Falling Television

Posted on 13 August, 2013 at 1:44 Comments comments (448)
A U.S. State Department employee filed a lawsuit against the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club for an injury that occurred in 2011.

The 26 year old employee lives in Connecticut.  While on vacation in Hawaii, she alleges that a television fell off the wall and struck her.   She suffered a herniated disk in her lower back, which might lead to long term consequences for her job.

 “She was working out in the newly-remodeled workout facility when she leaned over a fountain to fill up her water bottle,” the injured woman's lawyer said. A 27-inch flat screen television that was mounted above the water fountain fell and struck her on her lower back. She was unable to stand and walk on her own and an ambulance brought her to the emergency room.

A spokesperson for Kauai Marriott said the claims department could not comment on the matter during litigation.  However, the Kauai Marriott has accepted responsibility and apologized to the injured woman.

Hotel injuries often lead to complex cases.  Many visitors to Florida are injured each year at hotels, resorts and theme parks, as well in auto accidents.  If you have been injured while visiting Florida, whether in a hotel, resort, automobile or otherwise, you need to contact an experienced hotel injury lawyer.  Steven Meyer is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in civil trial cases, which include most injury claims.  Contact us for a free consultation.

Carbon Monoxide Kills Three in Hotel Room

Posted on 12 June, 2013 at 2:23 Comments comments (278)
Three deaths over two weeks, all in the same guest room at a Best Western Hotel in Boone, North Carolina, have been attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. 
An elderly couple visiting from Washington State were found dead in the hotel room, and the authorities initially said that they could not determine the cause of death.  Then, two weeks later, an 11-year-old boy died in the same room.  This time, all three deaths were attributed to carbon monoxide. 
Left unsolved is the source of the smothering gas.  "As of today, the business remains closed and under the control of investigators," said the local police chief.  Examiners from the state board overseeing plumbing, heating and fire sprinkler contractors will going through the hotel.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless.   It is often produced in domestic or industrial settings by older motor vehicles and other gasoline-powered tools, heaters, and cooking equipment.
Symptoms of mild acute poisoning include lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, vertigo and flu-like effects.  Larger exposures can kill or severely injure a person. 
Twenty-five states have laws that require carbon monoxide detectors in hotels.  Florida has such a law, but North Carolina, where this unfortunate tragedy occurred, does not. 
If a hotel is not required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed, then the only way to protect yourself is to bring your one.  There are a number of small, battery powered devices that you can easily carry with you.
Our office has handled many claims involving injuries at hotels and motels.  If you or a loved one was injured in hotel or motel, you need an experienced Florida hotel or motel injury lawyer to handle your claim.  Steven Meyer is board certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar, which indicates that he is a specialist in handling civil cases, including hotel or motel injuries.  Our office offers a free initial consultation.  Please give us a call if you or a loved one have been injured in a motel or hotel in Florida.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers in Hotels

Posted on 29 January, 2013 at 2:07 Comments comments (583)
Most hotels do not have any type of carbon monoxide detectors. This has led directly to serious injuries and deaths across the country due to this invisible, odorless gas.  If you you have been injured in any way in a hotel, motel or resort, you should contact an experienced hotel injury lawyer right away.
The Rising Death Toll
We expect to be safe when staying in a hotel.  However, across the country, more than 170 people have died in their hotel rooms from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is heavier than air. It kills by smothering its victims – essentially choking them due to a lack of oxygen.
However, the death toll doesn’t really tell the whole story here. Nationally, more than 1,300 people were evacuated in 2010 alone due to high levels of carbon monoxide within hotels. Many of these people were hospitalized for their exposure.
The Law on CO Monitors
Given the significant threat, it would seem logical that hotels would install carbon monoxide monitors, and that there would be laws mandating this simply for public safety. However, no such laws exist, and few, if any, hotels have any type of carbon monoxide monitoring system in place. Part of the problem is that the monitors are relatively expensive  and hotels would need to install one monitor per room, which equates to a significant expense per property.
For Those Injured
For those who have been injured and the families of those killed by exposure to carbon monoxide in a hotel, the best solution is to retain a lawyer who specializes in handling civil trial cases, such as personal injury cases, including carbon monoxide exposure cases.  This can help ensure that medical bills are paid and that any pain and suffering is compensated, something that may be very difficult to do on your own when dealing with a hotel’s insurance company.
Steven Meyer is a board certified expert in handling civil trial cases.  Our office offers a free initial consultation.  We have represented many clients who have been injured in hotels, motels or resorts.  If you or family member have been injured in a hotel or resort, or in any way while on vacation in Florida, please give us a call.  Florida has strict time limits for pursuing an injury claim.  Consult with an experienced accident attorney as soon as you can.