Some people do not understand the difficult challenges injury victims must overcome when injured in a slip and fall on the premises of a business. While premises liability law authorizes an individual injured in a fall to pursue a legal claim for financial compensation against the owner of a business or commercial property, Florida law makes the task of proving negligence challenging. The difficult burden of establishing the appropriate knowledge by the business owner makes it important to seek prompt legal advice from an experienced Miami slip and fall lawyer. In this blog post, we examine a recent federal court decision that reveals these evidentiary obstacles.
In Piotrowski v. Meanrd, Inc, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision for the defense in a trip and fall case. The plaintiff tripped on rocks in a parking lot next to and operated by a large chain hardware store. The complaint filed by the plaintiff indicated she tripped on rocks in the lot located close to the store exit. The plaintiff also alleged that the rocks resembled or were identical to rocks sold by the hardware store. The store, which sold the stones as decorative river rock, also used the rocks in a decorative planter positioned close to the site of the trip and fall accident. The plaintiff suffered serious injuries that included multiple broken bones and torn ligaments. Her injuries necessitated multiple surgeries and periods of hospitalization. Continue reading →