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Have you ever slipped and fell in a store? Then when you look you don’t see anything on the floor and wonder what happened. Like most people, you might feel embarrassed laying on the floor and start to think it was your fault. But it might not be after all. The Florida slip and fall lawyers at the Wolfson Law Firm in Miami may be able to help you prove that your slip and fall was actually caused by the store’s negligent maintenance procedures.

slip-and-fall-lawyers-300x184The determining factor that causes a person to slip and fall is oftentimes improper maintenance. Many cleaning compounds are based in soap or detergent. These materials use surfactants which are molecules that bring together grease and particles in a process commonly known as emulsification. This enables the grease and dirt to be washed up and away. But soap film can develop when the surface pore grease binds with the soap molecule residual. Polymerization can result when the soap film is further compounded by contaminants, minerals and soil. Soap or detergent-based products can produce and leave a soapy residue that may become slippery when wet. This can directly contribute to slip-and-fall incidents.

When a mop solution (water containing detergent) is applied, it emulsifies the soil and releases it from the surface. While suspended in the solution, the loosened soil should be easily removed by the mop, transferred into the dirty bucket and discarded. If pickup is incomplete, the soil-laden solution settles into the low spots on the floor. The water evaporates, leaving a residue of detergent and soil particles that attach firmly to the surface. Over time, if this cycle of incomplete cleaning is repeated, soil and detergent buildup becomes substantial and visible, especially when wet. Continuing such “slop mopping” can result in spreading this buildup to the remainder of the floor area.

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accident-miami-300x225It’s bad enough when you are seriously injured in a crash of any kind. But when the driver leaves the scene, that is the definition of adding insult to injury. That is why law enforcement is working on programs to help reduce or solve the problem.

In Florida, 25% of all crashes in 2016 were hit-and-run accidents. To be more exact, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles listed 99,004 hit-and-run accidents in the state. Amazingly, a significant number of drivers would not face charges or even receive a ticket if they stayed at the scene after a crash.  But by leaving the scene of an accident, even where that driver was not at fault, makes that fleeing driver subject to arrest and imprisonment.  As an example, Florida law provides that leaving the scene of an accident when someone has died is a first-degree felony punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to 30 years in prison. Even with this penalty, the numbers of hit and run accidents continue to rise.

Hit and Run Accidents in Miami

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A South Carolina woman was awarded more than $4.6 million following an incident when she was stuck by a needle in a Target store parking lot. Remarkably, her lawyer attempted to settle with Target before trial for $12,000 but Target rejected that offer. In response, Target offered the woman $750 and she was forced to go to trial.

In May of 2014, the woman and her young daughter got out of their car in a Target parking lot. When the woman’s daughter picked up a hypodermic needle, she swatted the needle out of her daughter’s hand. As she swatted the needle, it stuck her in the palm of her right hand.

The woman reported the injury to a Target employee who noted in a Target Guest Incident Report that the woman “seemed worried”. The report is an internal document that is filled out by a Target employee or manager. Information is collected from the “guest” about their accident and injuries while at Target.