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Florida law clarified for slip-and-fall injuries

It is rarely the most terrifying thing a person can imagine, but injury while running errands is a common cause of hospital admissions in Florida as well as elsewhere in the United States. If you or a loved one has been hurt by dangerous areas in local businesses, know your rights on claiming compensation.

Florida law on negligence that covers premises liability states that a business must be proven liable for knowledge of a hazard and should have taken care of it before an injury occurred. An example of a point of fact that could influence a ruling on a proprietor's liability is the circumstances around a slip-and-fall injury.

Liquid or broken glass from a broken bottle in a grocery store or convenience store can cause an accidental injury if a patron dropped it then immediately slipped. The proprietor or management would be at fault if the broken bottle had been on a public floor for long enough that it should have been cleaned up.

Another condition of this liability is a habitual occurrence that a proprietor or manager should have known about before it caused a problem. If an air conditioning unit condensed water into a pool on a walkway every day, for example, then liability may be proven no matter how long the condition existed on the day of an injury.

A customer injured by a fall or other hazard on a business' premises may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses related to the injury, as well as compensation for pain and suffering. A wet floor or dangerous corner does not have to set an injury victim back without recourse.

Source: Online Sunshine, "Premises liability for transitory foreign substances in a business establishment," accessed Aug. 01, 2017

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