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Who Can You Sue for a Slip and Fall in Florida?

A slip and fall in Florida can lead to serious injuries. Although this might seem like a relatively innocuous accident at first, victims may discover a range of health issues as they attempt to recover. These include hip fractures, traumatic head injuries, and much more. In addition, these incidents may not be “accidents” at all, but rather the results of serious negligence on the part of certain parties. But who exactly are you allowed to sue for slips and falls in Florida? How can you receive compensation for these injuries?

Grocery Stores

Slips and falls are quite common in grocery stores. The classic example would be a carton of spilled milk in the dairy aisle. If these spills go unnoticed or unaddressed for long periods of time, they can easily lead to serious injuries. Unaware customers or individuals with visual impairments can easily slip on liquids or debris. Even spilled fruit like bananas and grapes can cause fall hazards.

You can sue virtually any private company for causing your slip and fall, whether it’s a grocery store, a major retailer like Walmart, a convenience store, or any other negligent party. The key is to prove that they were aware or should have been aware of the hazard and yet did nothing to address the issue. Courts vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but some judges may decide that grocery stores are at fault even if they allow spills to sit for more than 5 minutes.

Property Owners

You can also sue property owners for creating hazards in certain situations. For example, someone might have left ice or snow on their sidewalk or driveway. While this might seem like a rare occurrence in the Sunshine State, the so-called “polar plunge” of 2022 prompted many experts to predict snow in certain areas throughout Florida.

Government Agencies

You can also sue government agencies for causing fall hazards. For example, you might walk into a courthouse or a police station and slip on a spilled coffee. In this situation, you could sue the government agency that owns the property for causing your injury.


Last but not least, you may be able to sue landlords for slips and falls. For example, your landlord might have rented you a property with serious building code violations like rickety staircases or dimly-lit pathways. If you slip and fall, you may be able to hold them accountable.

Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Florida?

If you’ve been searching the Fort Walton Beach area for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney, look no further than the Browning Law Firm, P.A. We know that slips and falls can lead to serious injuries, and we can guide you towards the compensation you need and deserve. The statute of limitations may prevent you from taking legal action if you wait too long, so book your consultation to get started. During your consultation, we can discuss exactly who you might be able to sue based on your specific circumstances.


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