In 2010, the Florida legislature passed a law reforming the state’s slip and fall laws right after new truck accident laws. Unfortunately, some argue, the new law places a higher burden on victims to prove their case.
In 2001, the Florida court ruled that if a foreign object found on the floor of a business causes a patron to fall and sustain injuries, then the condition is presumed unsafe because the owner failed to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition.
Last year, however, the Florida legislature passed a new law, essentially overruling the court’s 2001 decision. The revised law, seemingly favoring pro-business, now requires the injured plaintiff prove that the business owner was aware of the foreign object or hazardous condition and that the owner failed to correct the problem.
It remains to be seen whether the new law will hinder a plaintiff’s ability or the attorney’s to recover for a slip and fall injury in Oregon. Daniel Setareh lawyer Beverly Hills is available to assist in similar cases.
The law took effect July 1, 2010, but will apply only to actions that occur on or after that date.