Tampa Slip and Fall Attorney Discusses Notice
As an experienced Tampa Slip and Fall Attorney, oftentimes people that come in to our office with slip and fall claims in Tampa, FL, indicate that they have been injured by slipping and falling on liquids. Let’s say the fall happened at a grocery store, one of the things that’s very important is to prove that the store and its employees had noticed either what we call actual notice or constructive notice of the water or whatever substance is on the floor. Obviously actual notice would be that they knew that it was there and maybe it had been reported to them and they hadn’t yet cleaned it up or maybe they had tried to clean it up and done an inadequate job. Or, indirectly, that whatever is spilled on the floor had been there for such a length of time that they knew or should have known that the substance was on the floor.
For instance, if someone has dropped a jar of mayonnaise and the mayonnaise has been on the floor for a period of time, such as, the top of the mayonnaise has dried out but maybe underneath the mayonnaise the part that’s actually touching the floor is still wet. The fact that the top of the mayonnaise is dry may be used to prove that the mayonnaise was on the floor for such a length of time and that the store and or its employees knew or should have known that that mayonnaise was on the floor. Oftentimes it’s very difficult to see the mayonnaise, given the color of the floor and the lack of contrast between the substances on the floor.
Did you recently get injured as a result of a slip or fall? If so, contact the experienced Tampa Slip and Fall Attorney Dennis Morgenstern.