What can you do if you slip on a spill in the grocery store?


Javier A. Finlay

6/28/20211 min read

yellow and black plastic bottle beside blue plastic cup
yellow and black plastic bottle beside blue plastic cup

Senior citizens in Miami may be proud that they can still do things on their own even if they live alone. Unfortunately, it only takes one accident for this independence to go away. For example, you could slip and fall on a spill at the grocery store. This could lead to broken bones, head injuries and back injuries that require surgery. Some of these injuries may even be permanent. People in such situations may want to learn more about their rights if they slip and fall at the grocery store and or another type of business.

What does Florida law say about slip-and-falls in businesses?

Under Florida law if you slip and fall on a spill on the floor of a business you may want to pursue a lawsuit against the business. If you do so, you need to be able to prove that the business knew or should have known that there was a spill. You will also need to show that the business failed to mop up the spill, place “slippery when wet” sign or otherwise do anything about the spill.

When should a business have known about a spill?

Sometimes a business actually knows a spill took place but do not do anything about it. But how can you show a business should have known about the spill? One way a business should have known about a spill is if, through ordinary care, they should have known that spills happen often and therefore could have been foreseen. Another way a business should have known about a spill is if the spill was on the floor for so long that they should have learned about it.

Learn more about slip-and-fall accidents in Florida

Slip-and-fall injuries can take away your independence in the blink of an eye. It is important to make sure that store owners who fail to clean up spills are held responsible for the mistake. This post only provides general information on this topic. It does not contain legal advice. Those who are interested in learning more about their rights may want to visit our firm’s website.