How many times a year do you make a trip to the grocery store? Most would probably say a few too many. Grocery shopping is rarely someone’s favorite way to spend an evening. The florescent lights, the crowded isles, that item on the list that you just can’t find—grocery stores can be flat out annoying.
With that being said, nobody expects to sustain a potentially serious injury while grocery shopping. Yet, errant produce or water spills could lead to a slip and fall accident. Grocery stores are just one of many places where a slip and fall could occur. Slip and fall injuries can be embarrassing and harmful but you should not let any potential embarrassment prevent you from seeking compensation for an injury that stems from someone else’s neglect. This article will look at some of the ways you could win or lose a slip or fall case that occurred in a grocery store. However, if you recently experience an accident, you should consider contacting a Miami slip and fall attorney to answer your questions on a more individual basis.
There are a few key elements that must be proven in a slip and fall case. The obvious part of the equation is proving that a slip and fall did in fact occur. Next the property owner would have to be proven liable. In Miami, it must also be proven that the cause of the slip could have been anticipated and the owner’s negligence created a dangerous environment.
It can be difficult to prove liability in regard to the property owner’s negligence. There are a few elements that must be in play, such as a clearly hazardous condition on the owner’s property and a clear awareness held by the owner regarding the hazardous area. In Florida, this can be very difficult to prove on your own.
Owners can go through great length to disprove their awareness and negligence that created the conditions that caused your slip and fall. Another option would be proving that the hazardous environment was present on the property long enough that any competent property owner would be aware of it. Failing to prove an owner’s negligence can be a contributing factor in losing a case.
The other element that has a high likelihood of creating a losing case is proving notice. In Florida, you must provide evidence that the owner should have been aware of a lasting hazard on their property. You can do this directly, with recorded evidence or strong testimonies. You could also prove this with evidence from the circumstance. For example, if you slipped on produce, the produce would have to show signs of decay. Yes, a fresh piece of produce could cause you to lose your case.
Slip and fall injuries can cause lasting injuries and humiliation. While this article provided some ways to avoid losing a slip and fall case, it also displayed the difficulty of winning. For that reason, you should consider contacting a Miami slip and fall attorney. The Dante Law Firm has the experience to seek compensation on your behalf. Contact us at this link or give us a call at 305-949-2526.