When a private establishment causes a dangerous condition on a sidewalk or other public property, it can be tricky determining how liability should be apportioned. In a recent case, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal addressed the question of whether Miami-Dade County could be held liable for a fall that occurred when grease from a restaurant leaked onto a sidewalk. Though the plaintiff acknowledged that the county did not have actual notice of the condition, she argued that because county ordinances require the periodic inspection of restaurants, the county had legal liability for the injury. The trial court agreed and split the fault evenly between the restaurant and the county.
In Miami-Dade County v. Jones, the appellate court reversed the decision finding the county at fault and addressed pertinent premises liability issues, such as:
If you’ve suffered personal injury due to a slip and fall or another type of incident, an experienced Florida attorney can outline relevant premises liability law and how it affects your action. Frank Charles Miranda, P.A. assists clients with Florida personal injury matters. Please call 813-254-2637 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our Tampa office.