Customer blames janitorial service for fall at Home Depot

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 30, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinelllas County customer is suing a janitorial service company, alleging negligence caused his fall in a Home Depot store.

Elliot Pinto filed a complaint on Sept. 27 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Diversified Maintenance Systems Inc., alleging the defendant failed to maintain Home Depot's premises in a reasonably safe condition.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 18, 2017, Pinto went to the Home Depot store, 10550 Park Blvd., Seminole, when he slipped on the substance that appeared to be standing water, causing him to fall and sustain injuries. 

Pinto says Diversified Maintenance is responsible to ensure that the floor of the store was not left in a slippery and dangerous condition. The plaintiff alleges Diversified Maintenance Systems failed to warn invitees of the danger of a slipping substance and failed to correct, or adequately correct the dangerous condition of the substance that appeared on the Home Depot floor.

Pinto seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, plus interest, court costs and attorney fees. He is represented by attorney Paul Gross of Morgan & Morgan in St. Petersburg.

Pinellas County Circuit Court Case number 18C6350

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