Visiting department or grocery stores is a daily or weekly occurrence for many patrons, and while these activities may seem unthreatening or mundane, customers may fail to recognize the dangers that could inflict serious personal injury.
Businesses such as Walmart, Publix, Hobby Lobby, CVS, Walgreens, or Winn Dixie are prone to wet surfaces, uneven floors, exposed mechanical and electrical components, or even spilled grocery items.
Suffering an unanticipated injury at these types of commercial locations can result in more than just an inconvenience.
Florida law requires department and groceries store owners to maintain their premises in a safe and reasonable manner. When these safeguards are ignored, visitors may be entitled to financial compensation for their economic and non-economic losses.
If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, contact us today or visit us online to discuss the details of your case in a free consultation.
Shiner Law Group provides aggressive, sound legal representation on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we get you the recovery you deserve.
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Slip and Fall Settlements against Businesses and Property Owners
Bringing legal action against an established national chain can be a daunting task, particularly if this has been your first injury on a commercial property; however, by hiring an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer, you can obtain a significant advantage – and peace of mind- by preventing common insurance traps and pitfalls from undermining your case.
Filing Your Slip And Fall Claim
Florida’s statute of limitations permits victims of personal injury to bring legal action against a negligible person or business within four years from the incident or two years in cases of wrongful death. As every case is inherently unique, filing your case sooner can give your attorney the ability to collect, examine, and preserve key evidence that may degrade with time.
As slip and fall accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability, the business can be held liable for your injuries, which may include pain and suffering, economic expenses, lost income, reduced earning capacity, periods of disability, and a permanent inability to engage in gainful employment.
Requirements for a Slip and Fall Case
Florida law mandates that individuals entering a property for business or economic activities, such as department or grocery store customers, have the highest legal protection.
To pursue a legitimate claim against a business, there are several factors that must be considered. The business must have had knowledge of the dangerous condition’s presence (or that a sufficient amount of time has passed where the business should have known of the dangerous condition’s presence), and the business failed to make adequate repairs or provide adequate public notice.
Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere and to anyone. Exercising caution can reduce the risk of injury in dark or cluttered environments, on unsafe stairwells, and on icy or wet surfaces.
Free Consultation with Slip and Fall Attorney
If you are suffering from injuries following a slip and fall accident in a department or grocery store, it is important to call David Shiner and the attorneys at Shiner.