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Several Florida businesses claim the amount of slip-and-fall cases they are defending has risen dramatically since a 2001 Supreme Court ruling.

Florida’s high court ruled a person claiming injuries from a slip-and-fall accident doesn’t have to prove a business had knowledge of the hazard.

Rick McAllister, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation, says, “The cost to all retailers is dramatically higher.

His group as well others want to go back to the law before the 2001 court decision and require that an injured person prove the establishment was aware of any hazardous conditions.

Personal injury lawyers say it would be a bad idea because it would go back to arguing over how long that liquid or product had been there and it’s not fair to plaintiffs.

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