Can I sue for negligence in Florida if I fall in a supermarket and suffer injury?
If you fell in a supermarket and were injured, you may be able to sue. There are 2 basic requirements for a successful premises liability case (also called slip and fall) in Florida:
First, you must have sustained injury and damages. Without damages, there’s no case. If you fall, get up, and keep walking, then you haven’t suffered any damages.
On the other hand, if you fall and break your elbow upon landing, you have sustained damages. You may also have injured other body parts, were forced to take time off from work, and so on.
Second, the property owner must have caused, or allowed, the accident to happen through negligence or direct action. If you tripped and fell on your own feet, you likely don’t have a case.
But if you:
- slipped on a puddle from a leak in the roof;
- got your foot caught on some loose material on the stairs so you tripped and fell; or
- fell in a pothole in the parking lot – all of these are examples of accidents that could have been prevented if the property owner was maintaining the premises properly.
If these 2 things can be proven, then you have a viable claim for a slip and fall in Florida, and you should reach out to a team of Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers who routinely handle this sort of case immediately. Just as in auto accident cases, property owners have insurers who will ruthlessly attack your claim, and your best defense is legal representation.
Contacting Fort Lauderdale Injury Lawyers
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Our Florida slip and fall attorney team is based out of Fort Lauderdale, but we service all of South Florida. Remember, with a slip and fall/premises liability case, if there is no recovery, there is no legal fee. – 1-877-566-8759.