Slip and fall accidents are fairly common and often occur on the residential or commercial premises of another. It is therefore important for property owners to regularly inspect their premises and repair any issues that may create an unnecessary potential for injury for visitors.
A New Orleans man has brought legal action against Davita Dialysis in Louisiana as a result of an alleged slip and fall that occurred on their property. The man claims that he was on their premises when he slipped on a puddle of water that was on the floor and fell. As a result of the fall, the man alleges that he sustained injuries to his left knee. He is claiming that Davita Dialysis was negligent in failing to inspect and maintain the premises, as well as failing to repair faulty equipment, which created the dangerous condition that led to his fall.
"Slip and fall" is a phrase used to describe slip or trip accidents sustained by an individual while on another's property. Such claims are covered by premises liability law, meaning that the property owner could potentially be liable for any ensuing injuries. Those injured must show that a dangerous condition existed on the property and that the owner of the property was aware of the danger. When such cases occur on commercial property, injured victims must show that the owner, or an employee, caused a spill or slippery surface, knew of the condition and yet did nothing to remedy it, or should have reasonably known of the condition by inspecting the property and repaired the dangerous condition.
Individuals who enter a business have an expectation of safety from unreasonable dangerous conditions on the property. If the business fails to meet this standard of safety, it may be exposed to significant liability for any injuries that result. Those injured may seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to help them in proving their case and obtaining the maximum amount of compensation to which they may be entitled.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Davita Dialysis sued, accused of negligence after man's alleged slip-and-fall," Chelsea Partington, Jan. 6, 2015