Social Media Privacy and Florida Law

A case involving a “slip and fall” claim in Florida is challenging some widely-held expectations regarding privacy on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

A woman named Maria Nucci claimed that on February 4, 2010, she slipped and fell on a foreign substance on the floor of a Target store. In her complaint, she alleged that she suffered bodily injury, pain, lost earnings, and other damages.

This case, coming before the District Court of Appeals in the Fourth District of Florida is interesting and complex because it involves images and videos from the Facebook account of Ms. Nucci and deals with the issue of whether they are private or not. The case also deals with technical rules of procedure involving the timing of depositions and also statutes involving discovery, or the gathering of evidence.

The court cited the following opinion from a Palm Beach County judge:
Social networking sites, such as Facebook, are free websites where an individual creates a “profile” which functions as a personal web page and may include, at the user’s discretion, numerous photos and a vast array of personal information including age, employment, education, religious and political views and various recreational interests.

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Slip and Fall at South Florida Performing Arts Center Kills Man

Slip and fall injuries happen frequently in South Florida. Unfortunately, injuries resulting from these types of incidents can end in serious tragedy. According to CBS 12 News, a man fell from a catwalk at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach last week.

The man, Finton Hollingsworth, was a theater operation technician who was setting up for the Voices of Pride concert. He fell 30 feet onto the stage below. He died of head injuries at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The incident is still under investigation.

The statistics on slip and fall injuries are staggering. The National Safety Council reports that over 9 million disabling slip and fall accidents occur each year, which led to over 95 million lost work days and an average cost of $20,288.00. A survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that slip and falls are the most common type of work-related injury.

Of course, each incident is different, but with these numbers in mind, it is important for businesses to take all the steps necessary to ensure that they maintain a safe environment, so that their employees and their patrons can avoid injury.