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When are store owners liable for injuries on their property?

There are many different stores in Florida. People go shopping for a variety of reasons, and therefore, there are many different stores to accommodate people. The store owners also want people to come to their stores, because the businesses rely on the customers in order to make a living. Therefore, the customers are invited into the stores and those implied invitations mean that the store owners have a responsibility to keep those customers safe.

However, just because a person slips and falls in the store, it does not automatically mean that the store owner is liable for the injuries. In order to be liable for a slip-and-fall accident the store owner must know about the substance on the floor prior to the accident.

This knowledge must either be actual knowledge or constructive knowledge. Actual knowledge means the store owner or an employee either saw a substance was on the floor or was informed about it and did not take the proper precautions. Constructive knowledge can be proven by showing that the dangerous property condition was present for a long period of time and the owner should have known about it or it was a regular occurrence and therefore it was foreseeable.

Many people are injured in stores every year in Florida. If the store owner knew about the dangerous condition which caused the accident and did not take measures to protect a customer, then the victim may want to seek compensation for his or her injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents can seriously affect a person's life, so it is important for accident victims to protect their rights.

Source: Florida State Legislature, "Florida Statute 768.0755" accessed on Feb. 1, 2016

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