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Florida Woman Files Slip And Fall Lawsuit Against Publix


A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against Publix in Leesburg after she claimed she sustained a “permanent injury” after falling on a “slippery substance” while walking down an aisle. According to the complaint, the plaintiff visited the Publix on August 6, 2023. During her visit, she claims she “suddenly and without warning slipped and fell due to a slippery substance on the floor at the premises. As a result of the fall, the plaintiff claims she sustained severe and permanent bodily injury, according to the complaint. Her attorneys claim that her injuries were “due solely and wholly as a result of the negligent manner that [Publix], its agents, servants, and/or employees owned, operated, maintained, managed, and controlled the aforesaid premises.”

Did Publix know about the dangerous substance on their floors? 

Slip and fall lawsuits are negligence lawsuits based on a theory of premises liability. Premises liability lawsuits work like so. You must allege that a proprietor or property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition on their premises. In other words, you have to establish that the accident was foreseeable to the proprietor. If it was, and they failed to remedy the dangerous condition in a sufficient amount of time, and someone was injured as a result of that failure, then you have a successful slip and fall lawsuit on your hands. Alternatively, you can prove that the company or one of its agents actually caused the dangerous condition to appear in the first place. In those cases, you also have a successful slip and fall lawsuit on your hands.

In this case, it is unclear whether Publix or any of its agents knew about the slip hazard before the plaintiff was injured. However, her attorneys will subpoena CCTV footage of the area where the slip and fall took place to determine how long it remained on the floor until it was remedied and whether or not any of their employees walked past the spillage before the plaintiff was injured. If so, she could easily win her slip and fall case.

Understanding how the law works in slip and fall cases 

Almost all premises liability lawsuits require that the plaintiff prove that the proprietor had foreknowledge of a dangerous condition. However, in some cases, you can establish that the proprietor would have had foreknowledge but failed to exercise ordinary care. That’s why the CCTV footage is so important. If the plaintiff can establish that the dangerous condition languished there for an extended period of time, she can win her suit based on the fact that the proprietor would have known about the dangerous condition had they exercised ordinary care.

Talk to a Jacksonville, FL Slip and Fall Attorney Today 

Gillette Law files slip and fall lawsuits on behalf of injured plaintiffs. Call our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers today to schedule an appointment, and we can begin recovering damages related to your medical expenses, lost wages, and reduced quality of life.


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