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Plaintiff wins ruling in Florida premises liability lawsuit

Owners and managers of all businesses have a responsibility to their customers and workers to keep their workplaces clean and clear of obstructions and dangers. This prevents injuries that people could suffer if they encounter wet surfaces, debris, ice or other dangerous property conditions.

Slips and falls are the leading cause of workplace and premises injuries, leading to about half of all problems that occur on business property. They also make up around 10 percent of all injuries nationwide. These high rates should lead managers to take extra care and keep their businesses safe for visitors and employees alike.

A large retail chain is facing a lawsuit after a woman alleges she slipped and fell on a wet substance on a store location's floor in Oldsmar. A Florida court is compelling the location to release a video capturing the incident. This is over the chain's objection that a viewing before the deposition may change the alleged victim's testimony.

The U.S. District Court covering Pinellas County in the Sunshine State disagreed and demanded that the plaintiff release the video to the defendant and legal counsel for evidentiary purposes. The defendant alleges injury that led to pain and suffering, as well as a loss of earnings while she recovered. Medical expenses are also included in the suit.

Store managers and owners may be ruled negligent if they caused or left a situation that caused injury and distress. An attorney may help file a claim for financial damages to defray the effect of a slip and fall on a person's health, safety and financial situation.

Source: Florida Record, "Walmart must show video of woman who claimed she fell in Oldsmar store," Tomas Kassahun, March 02, 2018

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