Florida residents who have suffered an injury on someone else's property may be able to demonstrate the property owner's negligence using the common law principle of res ipsa loquitur. This doctrine can under some circumstances enable a plaintiff to use circumstantial evidence to establish a presumption of negligence.
While Florida residents often hear about the rights afforded to people accused of a crime, they may not be aware that victims of crimes have certain inviolable rights as well. According to the Florida Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, crime victims are entitled to be notified of any criminal proceedings against the individual accused of the crime. Moreover, victims are entitled to be present at and heard during these proceedings. These entitlements extend to the representatives of victims as well. For instance, the next of kin of a deceased victim may be considered a lawful representative.