Lake Worth Target Trip and Fall Attorney

Target operates 1,954 stores throughout the United States. Around 130 of those are in Florida. This places the Sunshine State behind only California and Texas in the number of Targets. According to Scrapehero, the Target store to population ratio stands at one store for roughly every 169,000 Floridians.

Along aisles and walls, you will find merchandise such as household cleaners, food, beverages, other groceries, clothes, and personal care products. Many Targets include Starbucks Cafes and delis.

Trip and Fall Hazards in Target

To be sure, all of these goods and services help Target customers fill grocery lists, bring style to customers, maintain households, and stay entertained. Further, Target prides itself on open, clean, and well-lit stores for its customers. However, merchandise and objects can also present potential dangers for Target shoppers in the form of substances and objects on floors and sidewalks. Clean, well-kept stores are imperative for Target’s appeal and for the safety of its customers.


Liquids lead to slips, trips, and falls. As reported by Retail Touch Points, between 2019 and 2022, slip and falls in retail stores accounted for 32 cents out of every $1 of losses covered by insurance. These losses consist of damage claims from those injured in a slip and fall incident.

Liquids on bare floors constitute one of the leading culprits of trips and falls. Unsealed, broken, or cracked containers leak substances onto the floor. Unless promptly cleaned or mopped, liquids turn floors into slippery surfaces capable of injuring Target customers. These liquids include:

  • Bleach
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Liquid soap
  • Alcohol
  • Soda
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Rain water
  • Paint
  • Coffee
  • Water used in mopping and cleaning of floors

If you use a Target bathroom, hazards may come from overflowed toilets or sinks and water splashed from sink use on the floor. Umbrellas and wet feet bring rain water into the store, especially at the entrances.


Even if a Target store does not have pallets on the sales floor when the store is open to shoppers, accidents can happen. By not keeping pallets in aisles and other shopper pathways, Target may reduce the chances that a customer will get a foot stuck in a pallet. Also, no pallets on the floor can mean fewer instances of plastic, other wrapping, empty cardboard boxes, or other package pieces on which customers can trip or stumble.

However, objects can still land on the aisles and floors. For instance, shoppers may drop or knock products while reaching on shelves or racks. A shopping cart may run into a display. Imagine how many times a piece of clothing or hanger lands on the carpeted parts of the floor as shoppers search for the correct size. Children in the toys sections test an enticing toy before dropping it on the aisle floor. Target “team members” should regularly monitor areas to keep them free of objects that could cause trips and falls.

Common Trip and Fall Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury

Tripping or slipping in or outside a Target may cause your head to hit the hard floor, shelf, or concrete sidewalk. Nearly half of patients sent to a hospital for traumatic brain injuries suffered a fall. Depending on the force of the impact, a trip and fall can cause serious injuries or even death. In 2021, over 69,000 people in the United States died from a traumatic brain injury. With a traumatic brain injury may come: *Double vision *Impaired judgment *Loss of memory *Headaches *Strokes *Blood clotting *Anxiety and depression Studies suggest links between a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or other severe cognitive impairments.

Spinal Cord Injury

According to some reports, close to 30 percent of spinal cord injuries come from trip and fall incidents. For those aged 65 years old or over, falls rank as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Consider that approximately one in every five Floridians are senior citizens. A trip and fall can damage the vertebrae, discs, or nerves in the spinal column. The spinal cord transmits signals from the brain to many regions in the body. Victims of a spinal cord injury stand at significant risk of nerve damage, loss of sensory and motor functions, and even paralysis.

Other Injuries

Depending on where and how you fall, the merchandise shelves and displays may lacerate your skin. Sprained knees or ankles, fractures, dislocated shoulders, and bruises may also result from a Target trip and fall. These injuries cause loss of mobility, daily functioning, and considerable pain and suffering.

Frequently Asked Questions

Florida premises liability law determines the duty of Target and others who own or control establishments and buildings to lawful entrants. Generally, such a landowner must exercise reasonable care to keep the premises free of dangerous or hazardous conditions. This duty exists where the would-be defendant knows or should have known about the condition. Failure to remedy such a hazard would constitute negligence by the premises owner.

Often in retail stores, spills occur or objects find the floor at an instant, and someone can slip or fall before the store employees can notice it or remove it. To that end, Florida Statutes Section 768.0755 requires that injured customers prove in cases of “transitory foreign substances” that a store actually knew or constructively (that is, the store should have known) that the substance causing the trip or fall was on the floor. “Transitory foreign substances” are those which are not in their place, such as a cup, piece of clothing, or spilled liquid, which has made its way on the floor.

When you rely on constructive knowledge rather than actual knowledge, you must demonstrate either that:

*The condition was on the floor long enough that an employee should have known of the condition or

*The condition occurred frequently enough that the store or employees should have reasonably foreseen its existence on the floor

Evidence of actual or constructive knowledge often is circumstantial. You may resort to:

*Security or other store video
*Testimony of Target associates, customers, or other witnesses of the condition or reports
*Calls on the intercom or a phone to clean the spill

If you are physically able after a slip and fall, take photographs or video with your smartphone or other device of the substance and area in which you tripped or fell. Note the department and the products in the place or area. Get the names of any associates, customers, or other witnesses to your fall or the foreign substance.

Do not forget to report the incident promptly (often immediately) to the manager on duty. If possible, have that person come to the place where you tripped or fell. This places the store and Target on notice to not destroy video footage and builds a record of the incident.

Having video or photographs of the condition and promptly reporting it helps you potentially defeat an “open and obvious” defense. Lawyers for Target, other big-box retailers, and premises owners invoke this doctrine, which says that the owner need not warn shoppers of conditions which are obvious or apparent that the injured person could have avoided it.

Some conditions may fit the bill of open and obvious. Likely, you would clearly ascertain the presence of a shelf, display, or rack such that you should not run into it. If the store places a “Wet Floor” sign, a cone, or caution tape, chances are that the court would say that you should have ascertained the danger and taken reasonable steps to avoid it.

Other hazards, especially liquids or objects on the ground, may not prove as open or obvious. You might contend that Target’s displays of promotions and products distracted you from the dangerous condition. The open and obvious doctrine does not excuse a premises owner from the duty to not create a dangerous condition.

Florida has a two-year statute limitations on personal injury claims, which include those for premises liability. If you have been injured from a trip and fall at Target, you must start the lawsuit within two years after the accident.

Premises liability lawyers in Florida gather video, photographic, and other evidence of the trip and fall and the condition or conditions that caused it. Proving your case also involves gathering your medical bills, paystubs and tax returns to prove lost wages and lost earning ability, and witnesses to your pain and suffering and loss of ability to recreate and carry on with your accustomed lifestyle.

Contact a Lake Worth Target Accident Attorney

If you have been injured at a Target store in Lake Worth, you need an experienced lawyer to represent your case.  Whether you slipped on an unmarked hazard, tripped over a poorly placed display, or had an item fall on you, you deserve the best settlement possible.

Contact the Law Offices of James A Graver for a free consultation. We will gladly walk you through the personal injury process and fiercely represent you against Target’s deep bench of defense attorneys.