Unfortunately, the answer is no.  This is a common misconception held by many people who call our office after a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.  The law in Florida is that a business owner does not have to pay for your medical bills or injuries unless you can prove that the store owner was somehow negligent.  Proof of negligence might be that the owner knew about a dangerous condition and didn’t fix it or warn about it, or it might be proof that a dangerous condition existed long enough that the owner should have seen or known about it and fixed it, or warned about it.  Finally, proof of negligence might be that the owner of the store operated the business in such a way that the business actually created or allowed the dangerous condition to exist.

Trip and fall cases are always difficult.  You should consult with an attorney regarding the best way to approach a claim of this type.

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