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Elderly Woman Sues North Miami Costco for Slip and Fall Injuries


Reuters recently reported that a 74-year old woman had a slip and fall accident from a wet spot in a Costco Wholesale store in North Miami. Her lawsuit stated that she slipped and “went flying… up in the air,” resulting in serious injuries to her spine and shoulder. She later recalled that as she fell, she “didn’t know what hit [me]”.

The case argues that the negligence of Costco employees contributed to the accident. Store employees should have either addressed the wet spot, or a warning sign should have been placed over the area. Because neither action was taken, the elderly woman unknowingly walked over the slippery floor section.

According to the Center for Disease Control, falls are the most frequent cause of injury and deaths in adults 65 and over. They are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries for the same age group. In the past decade alone, deaths due to falls have risen amongst the elderly.

Big box retailers like Costco often use curbed concrete for the floors of their stores. Not only is this material extremely slippery when wet, but it is also hard enough to cause serious injuries when a person falls. If businesses like Costco want customers to visit their stores and spend hard-earned dollars, it is their legal obligation to ensure that customers can do so safely. No one should have to fear for their life or health simply because they’re picking up some bread and a gallon of milk.

You do not have to suffer because of a business’s negligence. The Florida personal injury attorneys at Dell & Schaefer are prepared to help you take up the fight for compensation from the business that caused your injury. Call us today at (800) 383-7853 to take the first steps towards getting your life back from your injuries.



2 comments

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Regina Johnson:

My elderly mother fell in Winn Dixie in 2008 when the bag person placed a container under the basket where big items are stored and it rolled out and my mother tripped over the container falling hurting her back, leg and fracturing her face.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Jason Macri:

Regina,

If you have not filed a lawsuit since 2008, then the statute of limitation has run and there is likely nothing that can be done.

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