MOST COMMON LAWSUIT AGAINST RETAILERS: SLIP AND FALL

We at Meldon Law strongly believe that public education is the first step in the prevention of an accident or in the recovery from one.

We are experienced personal injury attorneys, trial lawyers, negotiators, litigators, paralegals, and staff that have been proudly working to get accident victims the justice they deserve for over 40 years in Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Inverness, and the rest of North Central Florida and North Florida. Accidents involving a car crash, truck wreck, and motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and criminal defense are all included in our practice.

Based on Jeffrey Meldon’s, founder of Meldon Law, over 40 years of helping accident victims get justice and a fair shake from the insurance companies, he has written the consumer guide book, Seven Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Florida Accident Case. You can request your free, no obligation copy right now, or contact our office for your complimentary copy sent to you today.

Contact Meldon Law at (800) 373-8000 or (352) 373-8000 immediately if you have been involved in a serious auto, truck, or motorcycle accident. We are in your community, have the experience and resources required to work towards obtaining a fair settlement for you – we are here to help you.
Slip and fall lawsuits can be an enormous cost associated with doing business for small business owners. The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform reports that small businesses spent nearly $105.4 billion in litigation in 2008; of that amount $35.6 billion was not covered by insurance. Slip and fall lawsuits are the most common type of suit faced by retailers. Florida’s new slip and fall statute involving wet substances, however, makes it more difficult for businesses to be sued.

As a result of the new law, business owners report that more lawsuits are being dropped. They are also being dropped or settled expeditiously. Business owners find that they can sometimes end lawsuits on summary judgment. Common examples of slip and fall lawsuits brought in 2012 alone involve those where shoppers in stores slipped on water, grease, or price tags. There were also cases brought where plaintiffs allege that they tripped on cement parking blocks and pavement cracks.

If a defendant feels the lawsuit is frivolous, it can file a 57.105 motion. This gives leeway to a judge to impose sanctions on the plaintiff’s party if the lawsuit is lacking in facts or unsupported by law. Under Florida’s rules of procedure, defense lawyers can also ask for their fees to be paid by plaintiffs if they lose their case.

To learn more about slip and fall lawsuits in Florida, contact an experienced Ocala slip and fall attorney today. The skilled team at Jeffrey Meldon & Associates offers a free initial consultation. Don’t hesitate—call 800-373-8000.