You have probably heard many stories about someone slipping and falling in a grocery store and suing the property owner in a personal injury suit. Unfortunately, these stories are shrouded in many falsehoods.
For example, a lot of people think that slip-and-fall accidents aren’t that serious or that the only people who file a claim over such incidents are those looking to make a quick buck from the insurance. In truth, most premises liability claims occur because victims suffer serious injuries through the negligent action or inaction of property owners. These victims come from all walks of life and have different income levels. Despite these differences, victims have one thing in common: they have been harmed wrongfully due to unsafe property conditions.
What kinds of conditions lead to slip-and-fall accidents?
Both indoor and outdoor conditions can create hazards for pedestrians. Some of the most common issues that cause falls include:
- Broken pavements
- Icy, snowy or wet grounds
- Poor outdoor lighting
- Inadequate security
- Torn or frayed carpeting
- Poorly maintained stairways
- Wet floors
- Debris in high-traffic areas
Property owners have a legal duty to provide a premise that is free of unreasonable hazards for visitors, customers and clients. What this means for victims of a preventable personal injury is the real possibility of acquiring compensation for your harm, even if you earn a substantial income. Our lawyers encourage all injury victims to consider a premises liability claim. We believe this is important because it reminds property owners in Lafayette, Louisiana, and elsewhere of their duty to keep visitors safe from injury.
If you have suffered harm through the negligence of a property owner, continue browsing our website to learn more about the options available to you. You may also reach out to our legal team for specific answers to your questions and concerns.