Hollywood Attorneys Prevail on Motion for Summary Judgment in a Slip-and-Fall Case

Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on September 8, 2022

Seth Goldberg, a partner in the firm’s Hollywood office, along with Samuel Spinner, an associate in the firm’s appellate department, recently prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in a slip-and-fall case involving a transitory foreign substance. The plaintiff testified that she did not see the liquid before she fell, did not know how long it was on the floor, and did not know how it got on the floor. The defense moved for summary judgment, arguing the plaintiff could not meet her burden to prove that the business owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the substance before the accident as required by Florida Statute section 768.0755. The plaintiff argued that the defendant must have known of the substance because there was an employee in the area where she fell. The trial court rejected this argument, agreeing with the defense that there was no evidence the employee spilled the liquid on the floor or knew about it before the accident. Therefore, the trial court granted final summary judgment for the defendant.