Florida law generally provides that a store owner is required to maintain the physical premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn visitors of any hazards of which the owner is or should be aware. When an owner fails to meet this standard, it’s likely to be legally liable for any injuries that result. In Garcia v. Target, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida provides some insight in to how courts consider whether the owner knew or should have known about a specific dangerous condition on the property.
wet-reflecting-stone-floor-1149237-m.jpgMs. Garcia was injured when she slipped and fell on her way out of a Target store in Davie. She and her son had visited the store to get their eyes examined and spent several hours at the Target before the accident. Although she didn’t notice anything before she fell, Garcia said she found that the floor was wet when she hit the ground. She said she saw drops of water covering about three tiles. Mr. Garcia also observed the wet floor after the accident and said there were a number of wet footprints in the vicinity. A Target employee later wiped down the floor and set up a caution sign.