Dangerous Wooden Boardwalks in Naples and Marco Island at Marinas, Beaches, and Resorts

We have noticed an alarming trend of more people tripping and falling on wooden boardwalks across Naples and Marco Island. We have had clients injured by tripping over loose or uneven wooden planks in the area of Tin City and Naples Marina, as well as at some of the nicest resorts in town. Almost every resort on the beach has a wooden walkway over the mangroves to access the beach. Unfortunately, the wooden planks often rot or become loose due to harsh weather and salt spray from the Gulf of Mexico. Over time (and it does not take long), the nails and screws can rust causing the boards to loosen. The planks become uneven and pose a serious tripping hazard.

The picture below illustrates how dangerous some of these boardwalks can be. We represented a tourist from Canada who was walking along this boardwalk about to board a boat with her family to tour Naples from the water. She tripped over this uneven plank, shattered her arm bones, and required surgery. She certainly did not have the vacation she had hoped for with her family. We have sued the owner of the property.

We have also had similar trip and fall claims against many of the Naples area hotels, resorts, and condominiums. While many of the property owners do a great job maintaining the boardwalks in safe condition, others do not. I would like to compliment the city of Naples and Collier County because, in my experience, both do a great job maintaining the many wooden boardwalks that provide public access to the beach. Please be careful where you walk, but know that we are here to help if you need us.

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