Saalfield Shad, P.A. attorneys recently received summary judgments in two cases.

In the first matter, shareholder Jenifer Worley obtained final summary judgment on behalf of a defendant client in a case where the plaintiff alleged injuries after falling on a slippery substance on the floor of a hospital. Worley argued that section 768.0755, Florida Statutes, requires plaintiff proof that a business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it. As there was no recorded evidence that the defendant hospital had actual or constructive knowledge of a slippery substance on the floor prior to plaintiff’s fall, the court found there was no genuine issue of fact, and final summary judgment was due to be granted on behalf of the hospital.

In the second matter, shareholder William Stone obtained final summary judgment on behalf of a local church. The plaintiff tripped and fell on a tree limb in the church’s parking lot.  The motion, drafted by Stone and argued by Stone, set forth facts and supporting case law establishing that because the plaintiff parked in the church parking lot solely to eat lunch at a nearby restaurant with no affiliation to the church, and he was not an invitee of the premises, the lesser duty of care owed to him under the law was not breached.  Additionally, the court found the church was entitled to summary judgment because there was no evidence the church had actual or constructive notice of the tree limb on the ground before the plaintiff’s fall.

“We are very pleased with the outcomes of these two matters,” said Joseph Stokes, managing partner of the firm.  “Our lawyers prepared the cases well and presented a convincing argument for summary judgment.”

As an independent, Jacksonville-based civil litigation law firm, the attorneys at Saalfield Shad, P.A. have represented self-insured entities and insurance companies in North Florida for decades. The firm’s lawyers have extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, exceptional litigation skills, and diversified practices. With deep local ties in the community, they have built a reputation for successful representation, proactive and personalized counsel, and outstanding client service.

Disclaimer: Prior results achieved by Saalfield Shad, P.A. do not guarantee a similar outcome for other clients.


Founded in 1989 in Jacksonville, Florida, Saalfield Shad, P.A. is one of North Florida’s preeminent civil trial law firms. The firm represents individual, corporate and governmental clients including hospitals, medical professionals, national retail, grocery, franchised businesses, amusement parks, professional sports franchises and governmental units in all areas of civil litigation including medical negligence, premises liability, products liability, workers’ compensation, appellate practice, wrongful death, personal injury, contract, real estate and general civil claims. For more information, go to