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When store owners are liable for slip and fall accidents

More and more people in Florida are shopping online from the comfort of their homes. This may be the trend, but many people still go to actual physical stores every day. People need to go to grocery stores, clothing and department stores, big box stores, local markets and many other locations. When they enter into these various stores the expectation is that they will go in, buy what they would like to buy and leave.

Unfortunately, this is not always how their trip goes though. Sometimes people are involved in accidents at stores and leave with injuries instead of the goods they went in to buy. The most common type of accident people are involved in are slip and fall accidents. These types of accidents can lead to very serious injuries, even if at first they do not seem to be that serious of an accident.

These injuries can be very costly as well. People may require surgeries and many doctor appointments while they heal. They may also miss time at work and lose income as a result. The store owners may be liable for the injuries, however, they are not automatically liable simply because the accident occurred in their store. In order to be liable the victim must prove that the store owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition in the store and failed to properly fix it or protect customers from being injured by it.

Unfortunately there are many slip and fall accidents in Florida each year and many innocent shoppers are injured as a result. As stated above, these accidents can be very costly for the victim, but luckily they may be entitled to compensation from the store owner depending on how the accident occurred. This compensation can be very valuable for the victims and their families as they recover from their injuries. These are very fact specific cases though and experienced attorneys may be a useful resource.

Source: Florida State Legislature, "Florida Statute 768.0755" accessed Nov. 16, 2017

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