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  • Sales per Walmart employee is $236,804 – a 23% increase over the last decade
  • It has more than 1 million retail workers on full-time and part-time shifts.

Gavel1-300x232Did you know that Florida has a Public Records Act?  Don’t worry, most people don’t. But the fact is that Florida has a very strong public record law. This week the Florida Supreme Court confirmed that policy with emphasis.

Florida has a strong public policy in favor of open access to public records. It’s the policy of this state that all municipal, county and state records remain open for copying and inspection by any person. By law it is the duty of each agency to provide access to public records.

Transparency is the cornerstone of our system. The government works for the people. The government spends the peoples’ money. Therefore, the government should work in the sunshine and the people should have open access to public records.

If we take your case, investigation will be a big part of finding out what happened. Getting the evidence we need to prevail in a slip and fall, trip and fall, medical malpractice, or car accident case is important.

One way we do so is to utilize public records law. Your case may involve getting records from a government department at a city, county, or state agency. The records could be reports of prior accidents, an employee file, building department records, or any other government record. Florida Law says we can get them. In fact, Florida Statute 119.01 provides that “it is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person. Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency.” If you want to see Statute 119, click on this link:

If the government department who the records are requested from doesn’t hand them over, we may be able to get attorney’s fees if we have to sue to obtain the records.

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