You may have heard the term “slip and fall accident” before but not really known what the term encompassed. In fact, you may have been the victim of a slip and fall accident at some point and time and not known that you were potentially entitled to compensation for your injuries. While a slip and fall accident can occur just about anywhere, it may help to know some of the most common places that slip and fall accident happen. By keeping these common slip and fall scenarios in mind you may recognize that you are, in fact, a victim should you ever be involved in one.
The reason it is important to recognize a slip and fall accident if one occurs is that the victim of a slip and fall accident is often a premises liability accident victim. The law of premises liability holds the owner, or occupier in some cases, of a property liable for injuries that occur on the property when the owner/occupier knew, or should have known, about the potential danger or risk. Although an owner/occupier is not expected to repair or address every possible hazard immediately when notified of its existence, the law does expect the hazard to be taken care of within a reasonable period of time. Because a slip and fall accident can cause serious, even life threatening, injuries it is important for a victim to know that compensation may be available to help defray the often high cost of treating the injuries caused by the accident.
Only an experienced Louisiana slip and fall accident attorney can evaluate the specific facts and circumstances of your fall and provide you with an opinion as to whether or not your injuries are compensation; however, the following are some of the more common potentially compensable slip and fall accident scenarios:
- Liquid left after a spill in a grocery store
- Ice left on sidewalks or walkways
- Stair handrails that are loose or in need of repair
- Swimming pools
- Boxes left in aisles of a store that cause a tripping hazard
- Food, trash, liquid, or other debris on the floor in a restaurant
- Cracks, chips, or broken pieces in a concrete sidewalk or steps
What all of these scenarios have in common is the likelihood that a visitor to the property could easily slip and fall because of the hazard found on the property.
If you have additional questions or concerns about a slip and fall accident contact the Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Broussard & Hart, LLC by calling 337-439-2450 to schedule your appointment today.