Florida law requires that for the owner or operator of a store to be held legally responsible for the injuries of a customer who falls due to a slippery or dangerous condition the store customer has to prove that the owner or operator actually knew of the problem or should have known of the problem with enough time that an ordinary business own should have known. In the alternate, the claimant has to show that the dangerous or slippery condition happened so often that their particular situation was both regular and foreseeable. In other words, if you get hurt at Publix by falling on a grape, you have to prove that the Publix knew that the grape was there or it had been on the floor long enough that they should have known.
The most important legal issue for customers hurt at a Miami grocery store is to understand is that simply falling and getting hurt at a Publix does not legally entitle you to make a claim. People slip, trip and fall every day in these stores, but not necessarily due to the fault of the store owner. Many potential clients contact our Broward Publix accident law firm thinking that simply because the fell in the store they are entitled to compensation. This is wrong.
Slip and fall cases against supermarkets in Florida are governed by an area of the law known as torts–specifically, premise liability. When someone brings a claim against a grocery store, shopping mall, fast-food restaurant, or gas station for a personal injury and sues the defendant, several defenses are typically asserted to try to prevent the injured person from ever getting the case to a jury.
Our Florida Publix injury lawyers have represented a number of customers that have been hurt as a result of slipping, tripping or falling merchandise at a number of South Florida supermarkets including, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Wall-Mart and Whole Foods.
If you have been injured by slipping, tripping, or falling at a business in Florida, it is important that you consult with and hire an experienced premise liability attorney. Our Miami personal injury law firm has over 30 years of combined legal experience representing people from around the world in slip, trip, and fall cases across the State of Florida, from Jacksonville to Key West.