If you have suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall at any business, but most often a grocery store or department store, the skilled trial attorneys at The Bantner Firm can help!
A Business Owner’s Duty to Its Customers
Business owners generally owe two duties to whom they open their doors to do business: 1) to warn of concealed dangers which are or should be known to the owner and which are unknown to the invitee and cannot be discovered through the exercise of due care; and 2) to use ordinary care to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition. Rocamonde v. Marshalls of Ma, Inc., 56 So.3d 863, 865 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011).
In a slip-and-fall case, the substance causing the fall is usually obvious to the customer and, therefore, should be discovered through the exercise of due care by the customer. As such, these cases will typically turn on whether the business owner used ordinary care to maintain its premises.
Whether a recovery is possible will largely depend on how long the foreign substance rested on the floor before the accident and injuries occurred. For example, thirteen seconds will, generally speaking, not be enough time even if the store was aware of the dangerous substance being on the floor. Dominguez v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 187 So.3d 892 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016).
However, if the business only checks for potentially dangerous substances only once every half-hour or more, a business owner can be held liable for injuries suffered by a customer as a result of slipping on such a substance. Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Marsan, 823 So.2d 301 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002).
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Adam Bantner – Criminal Defense Attorney at Law
If you are in need of an expert criminal defense attorney specializing in legal defense against DUI, traffic, criminal, violent crime charges, or a personal injury – you’ll find it here.
Adam L. Bantner, II is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney representing those accused of crimes in Hillsborough and Polk counties. He is the Past President of the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys., is a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and AVVO rated “Superb.” Adam is a member of Valrico Law Group.
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Adam Bantner, II is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Law Attorney representing those accused of crimes in Hillsborough and Polk Counties. When you are facing criminal charges, you want an expert in your corner. The Florida Bar has recognized Adam as an expert criminal defense attorney.
I have been defending the accused since 2006 and am Past President of the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
I have tried over 30 jury trials, on charges ranging from driving on a suspended license to murder.
In addition, I am a Brandon personal injury attorney. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, give me a call to see how we can help!
I approach each case on the principle that every client deserves zealous representation, with attention to detail and to their individualized needs. My mission is to get the best possible result for every client, in every case, every time. Give me a call to see how I can assist you to get the best results in your case. I are here to help.