A New Orleans Wal-Mart is learning the hard way why it is important to train employees to be on guard for potential hazards. A patron of the mega-chain is suing Wal-Mart for an undisclosed amount of money, citing mental and physical anguish, hospital fees, and disability after she slipped on a piece of fruit during a shopping trip last March. According to the suit, the patron was shopping when a piece of fruit caused her to slip and fall, resulting in several injuries. The plaintiff accuses Wal-Mart of not warning patrons of unsafe conditions, allowing an unsafe environment, and other incidences of negligence which lead to her fall.
According to premises liability law in the state of Louisiana, businesses are liable for maintaining the safety of their property and removing any hazards that could cause injury. The New Orleans woman suing Wal-Mart has grounds for believing that Wal-Mart failed in its duties to keep the floors clear of objects that could cause any individual to trip or slip and fall. A couple of things that will need to be proven include:
- The owner knew or should have known of the hazard
- The owner did not take action on the hazard after it was discovered
Proving that the owner knew of the hazard or should have known about the hazard can be tricky, an experienced Louisiana premises liability attorney is invaluable in helping injured parties prove liability.
When to Contact a Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyer
Just like in the Wal-Mart case, a single business’s negligence can result in undue suffering for innocent patrons. No one deserves to suffer from a slip and fall accident that could have been prevented. If you think your slip and fall injury may have been the result of negligence on the part of a business owner or operator, the knowledge and expertise of a Louisiana premises liability lawyer may be extremely valuable. Follow our blog to learn more about us and what we might be able to do for you. You can also connect with us through Facebook and Twitter.
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