Tiger Woods is facing legal issues off of the golf course. Earlier this year, one of Woods’ former security guards filed a lawsuit against Woods’ company in connection with an injury the guard allegedly suffered at the golfer’s home.
John Davis is a retired Surfside police officer who provided security services at the golfer’s home in Jupiter Island. While providing security services one day, at Woods’ home, Davis slipped on a wet marble floor. Davis allegedly fell heavily to the ground and injured his knee. Davis has now filed suit against Woods’ company, which allegedly owns the palatial $45.5 million estate. Woods is not named personally in the lawsuit.
Davis apparently underwent one knee surgery and is scheduled to have another surgery sometime this year. According to the lawsuit, Davis fell and suffered injuries on the property as a result of the premises owner’s negligence. Davis claims that a “badly oriented sprinkler head made the marble walkway so slippery that Davis’ accident was bound to happen.” Woods’ representatives responded to the charge and claimed that Davis should have known that the floor was slippery and that it was Davis who was actually negligent.
Liability for Slip-And-Fall Accidents in Florida
Slip-and-fall accidents are common in business establishments. Florida has a particular statute governing when a business establishment can be held liable for one’s injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident. Under Florida law, “If a person slips and falls on a transitory foreign substance in a business establishment, the injured person must prove that the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it.”
Importantly, the business establishment need not have actual knowledge of the condition. Rather, if the facts and circumstances show that the business should have known of the condition, then the business establishment will be deemed to have had constructive knowledge. Constructive knowledge can be proven by providing evidence that:
- The dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that, in the exercise of ordinary care, the business establishment should have known of the condition; or
- The condition occurred with regularity and was therefore foreseeable.
Contact a Slip-And-Fall Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured on another person’s property, it is important to have an experienced Brandon premises liability attorney on your side. Reed & Reed’s team of experienced premises liability attorneys can help you recover compensation for you injuries. Our personal injury attorneys have experience in a variety of premises liability claims, including slip-and fall, elevator, escalator, and swimming pool accidents.
Contact a premises liability attorney today for a free consultation and initial case evaluation. From our office in Brandon, we help clients in Tampa, New Tampa, Plant City, East Hillsborough County and throughout the state of Florida. Contact Reed & Reed for a free consultation.