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According to Florida case law, a “transitory foreign substance” is any liquid or solid substance, item, or object that is located in a place where it does not belong. A business can be held liable for a slip-and-fall incident if it had actual or constructive knowledge of such a substance’s presence:

Under Florida law, a person who “slips and falls on a transitory foreign substance in a business establishment … must prove that the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it.” Fla. Stat. § 768.0755(1). A “transitory foreign substance” refers “generally to any liquid or solid substance, item or object located where it does not belong.” Owens v. Publix Supermarkets, Inc., 802 So. 2d 315, 317 (Fla. 2001).

See: Torres v. Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. – 555 F.Supp.3d 1276


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