Shreveport Slip & Fall Lawyer
The idea is simple enough. Business owners and store managers should take reasonable steps, like inspecting their premises and cleaning up spills, to provide a safe environment for shoppers. When a business fails to take care of dangerous conditions on its premises, people get injured. A slip and fall or trip and fall is more than just painful and embarrassing. Severe and traumatic injuries can result, including facial lacerations, hip fractures, brain or spinal injury, and even death. Falls are the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States and the number one cause of death for older adults.
Even if you’ve been lucky enough to avoid the most severe consequences of a slip and fall, you could still suffer from painful and debilitating injuries such as muscle tears, strains or sprains that could require time off from work and medical care to heal properly. Regardless of your level of injury, Rice & Kendig injury lawyers are here to make sure you are diagnosed correctly and get the medical treatment you need, along with financial compensation to cover your doctor bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other legal damages. Most importantly, we are here for you and by your side during this difficult time, making sure you know that you have caring, compassionate and strong legal help to guide you and make sure your needs are being met. Call Shreveport slip & fall lawyers Rice & Kendig after a slip and fall injury in Shreveport-Bossier City or North Louisiana, and let us help take care of you in your time of need.
What is the Louisiana Law on Slip and Fall/Premises Liability?
Property owners are required to keep their premises reasonably safe for the protection of people lawfully on their property. This includes the duty to fix or warn about hazards the property owner knew or should have known about. When it comes to business owners, Louisiana Revised Statutes 9:2800.6 has this to say about Merchant Liability:
“A merchant owes a duty to persons who use his premises to exercise reasonable care to keep his aisles, passageways, and floors in a reasonably safe condition. This duty includes a reasonable effort to keep the premises free of any hazardous conditions which reasonably might give rise to damage.”
In a negligence claim for injury or death from a fall due to a dangerous condition on the merchant’s property, the victim must prove all of the following:
- An unreasonable risk of harm that was reasonably foreseeable by the merchant
- The merchant either created the hazard or had actual or constructive notice of it
- The merchant failed to exercise reasonable care
How Can Rice & Kendig Help After a Slip and Fall in Shreveport-Bossier City?
Slip and fall claims are difficult to prove, so having a skilled and experienced injury lawyer on your side to build and present your case is essential to a successful recovery. Our slip and fall attorneys know how to investigate the accident and gather the evidence which proves the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard yet failed to fix it or put up a warning in a reasonable time.
When the owner doesn’t dispute they had notice of the dangerous condition, they might instead claim the danger was so obvious that the injury victim should have easily avoided it. As a guest on someone else’s property, you don’t have to constantly scan the ground for hidden dangers, but you do have to watch where you are going. Property owners and their insurance companies will argue that you could have avoided a slip and fall had you been paying better attention. Insurance companies love this tactic because it is easy to claim, and every little bit of fault they can shift to you reduces the amount they have to pay. At Rice & Kendig, we fight just as hard protecting you from being blamed for an accident that isn’t your fault as we do proving the property owner’s liability to you. We want to ensure you get the full amount of compensation that you need and that the negligent party owes you for their failures to provide a safe environment.
Finally, even where the owner’s liability is clear, they might still argue that your injuries aren’t very serious and that they don’t owe as much as you say they do. Rice & Kendig has been negotiating and litigating personal injury claims in Shreveport-Bossier City for over 40 years. We know how to build a strong case for damages that stands up to insurance company arguments and convinces a jury as well if a trial becomes necessary to get you the right result.
Get the Help You Need After a Slip and Fall in Shreveport-Bossier City or North Louisiana
Call Rice & Kendig in Shreveport-Bossier City after a slip and fall injury occurs on another’s dangerously unsafe property. Our firm practices personal injury and wrongful death law across North Louisiana, and our attorneys can come to you if you can’t travel to our offices. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your claim and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. Call us at 318-222-2772, and get started today.