Hospitality Industry Bodily Injury Liability: New Florida Law Will Help Limit “Slip And Fall” Cases And Forced Settlements

“…Maria Coppola says she slipped on pebbles and sand on the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club step..”

“…lawsuits, filed in the past six months in Collier Circuit Court, likely will result in settlements. That’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.

“This represents a significant shift and a major victory for business owners and their insurers in slip-and-fall cases,” said Kirkland Miller, an Ave Maria School of Law professor who specializes in premises liability. “More importantly, it could mean a reduction in the number of slip-and-fall cases being filed in Florida …”

For more:   http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2010/jun/06/south-florida-called-no-1-hellhole-slip-fall-lawsu/

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