Many Miami area residents spend time going to warehouse clubs to purchase items for their family. Stores like Sam’s Club and Costco are popular among Miami residents. When shoppers spend time in stores, they expect that the store management and employees keep the stores clean and free from hazards. Most of the time this is true, but occasionally a shopper suffers a serious slip and fall accident.
A man who was visiting the Fort Myers Costco store says that he slipped and fell on ice cream that had melted on the floor and is suing the store alleging negligence. The man who had finished his weekly shopping with his wife and was going to enjoy a slice of pizza when he fell on the ice cream. Costco’s employees who are in charge of store safety along with a cashier who saw the incident said they were not aware of the melted ice cream. Costco believes they should not be held responsible as they do not believe the dangerous situation existed long enough for them to be aware of it. The defendant’s motion for summary judgement was denied since the court did not believe the plaintiff needed to see the ice cream to prove that is what caused him to fall.
Everyone needs to go to the store to purchase groceries, clothes, tools, etc. No one expects their store visit will result in them falling and getting injured. When this occurs, a person may want to speak with an attorney who is skilled in premises liability. An attorney understands the embarrassment, shock, and trauma a person may feel as the result of the slip and fall event. An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the fall, research the company’s safety training, and help their client understand what happened. If negligence is believed to be the cause, they can hold the company responsible. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
A slip and fall accident can be dangerous for a person. A victim can suffer broken bones, torn ligaments, cuts, scrapes, bruising, and other injuries due to the accident. It is important to hold a company responsible for their negligence so that no one else gets hurt.