“…lawsuits, filed in the past six months in Collier Circuit Court, likely will result in settlements. Thatâ€™s because defendants want to avoid costs of expensive litigation…”
In April, Gov. Charlie Crist signed House Bill 689, which requires that an injured person must prove a business, municipality or other defendant actually knew about a dangerous condition and should have done something to fix it _ or that the condition occurred often enough that the business should have expected it. These are legal standards known as actual notice, or constructive notice.
â€œThis represents a significant shift and a major victory for business owners and their insurers in slip-and-fall cases,â€ said Kirkland Miller, an Ave Maria School of Law professor who specializes in premises liability. â€œMore importantly, it could mean a reduction in the number of slip-and-fall cases being filed in Florida …â€