You have the right, when visiting a store or someone else’s property, to walk confidently and safely. Under Arkansas law, property owners have an obligation to maintain their properties and take reasonable steps to preserve their visitors’ safety.
One of the most common causes of premises liability claims are slip and fall cases. While popular culture often makes fun of these cases, Arkansas slip and fall attorney Alan LeVar understands that the resulting injuries can severely affect your quality of life.
The Law Offices of Alan LeVar stand ready to help if you’ve suffered an injury in a slip and fall case.
If you’ve been hurt and need to speak with an experienced Arkansas slip and fall attorney, please call The Law Offices of Alan LeVar today at (888) 220-7068 for a free consultation
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Our Arkansas slip and fall attorney is a skilled investigator and has 17 years of experience in personal injury law. This means Mr. LeVar is uniquely positioned to discover the cause of your slip and fall accident and to pursue justice and compensation on your behalf.
Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Poorly maintained carpeting
- Uneven steps
- Poor plumbing
- Weather conditions
- Poor lighting
- Items strewn about the walking path
- Faulty handrails
Whatever the specific cause of your slip and fall accident, you can trust in Mr. LeVar to discover it and then prove it. He has 17 years of experience as an attorney and investigator.
Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
While slip and fall accidents aren’t nearly as severe or consequential as automobile accidents, they can still have a significant effect on your quality of life. And the resulting injuries can still carry with them significant medical bills.
Our Arkansas slip and fall attorney has seen clients suffer:
- Broken ankles and feet
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Severe sprains and strains
Because these accidents tend to be common, victims will often work under the assumption that they have no claim. You might try and shrug off your injuries and deal with them silently.
That isn’t your only option. Arkansas slip and fall accident attorney Alan LeVar can help pursue compensation that can pay for your medical bills and other associated expenses.
Getting Slip and Fall Compensation from Grocery Stores and Restaurants
When seeking out slip and fall compensation from a store or restaurant, your first step is to prove that they can be held financially liable for your injuries on their premises. There are several different ways in which a commercial business can be held liable.
The common situation is when the business created the unsafe environment but didn’t fix the problem. So if the grocery store failed to clean up spilled water from a cleaning bucket before a customer slid on the wet floor, the grocery store can be held responsible for the person’s injuries and other damages.
Another way for the commercial establishment to be held liable is if they failed to fix a problem that they are aware of, or should have known about, even if they did not create the issue. The business owner could have been negligent in their duties to maintain a safe environment.
In this instance, a customer at a bar could have knocked a wine glass off their table and onto the floor. While the business was aware of the mess, or could have found out about the mess when hearing the glass crashing to the floor, they failed to have it properly cleaned up as a different customer walked past the table and slipped on the spilled drink.
In slip and fall compensation cases, you will need to provide evidence that shows the business owner was negligent for allowing the grocery store or restaurant environment to remain unsafe for guests. Providing medical bills, showing ambulance charges, having witnesses to the accident, or obtaining store video surveillance may be used to prove your case. By gathering this evidence, you will be able to negotiate for a settlement amount that covers your medical expenses and lost wages.
After A Slip and Fall, Who Can You Sue?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that unintentional falls account for 31 percent of the hospital emergency room visits each year (2010 to 2015): These falls include those related to slip and falls. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, when it comes to injury-related visits to the emergency room, unintentional falls rank number one.
After a slip and fall incident at a business, who may be at fault can be somewhat of a gray area. Typically, it is the nature of the claimed negligence that frequently determines who the injured can sue. If the owner of the business where the incident took place also owns the property, the potential defendant is the business owner. However, the gray area exists because many business owners lease the property they use to run their business, which means, depending on the circumstances of the incident, a claim may need to be filed against the property owner/landlord.
Determining the Defendant in A Slip And Fall Case: The Landlord or the Business Owner?
If you slipped and fell due to a structural issue, it is most likely the landlord who would be named as the defendant. For example, when water leaks from the ceiling onto the floor, this is considered a structural issue; therefore, if an individual slips and falls, the landlord will most likely be deemed the responsible party.
However, if your slip and fall injuries were caused by something the business owner (tenant) did or did not do, the claim should be filed against the owner of the business. For instance, in the event that a floor has just been mopped and you fall, if no warning signs or safety cones were put into place to give you notice of the wet floor, the business owner may be held liable for any injuries you sustained due to the slip, trip and fall.
Do You Have a Slip and Fall Injury Lawsuit?
Few things are more unnerving for people in Arkansas or anywhere nationwide than having your life waylaid after taking the kind of scary tumble that leads many victims to pursue a slip-and-fall injury lawsuit.
Falling, however, may be more common — and more debilitating — than you realize.
Consider these facts about falls from the Centers from Disease Control:
- Twenty percent of serious falls result in broken bones or a head injury.
- Falling can be especially treacherous for elderly people. Roughly 2.5 million Americans age 65 and older visit an emergency room each year because of injuries sustained during a fall.
- The medical costs that arise from fall injuries total about $34 billion each year. Hospital bills account for roughly two-thirds of that amount.
You should not have to cover your own medical expenses after taking a serious tumble on someone else’s property. Our personal injury attorneys may be able to secure a settlement on your behalf, particularly when any of the following circumstances were applicable to the place where you accident happened:
- Steps were uneven.
- Carpeting was wrinkled.
- The lighting was poor.
- There was debris in your path.
- Handrails were faulty.
Verdicts and Settlements
- $90,000 for broken arm for person who fell on a wet sidewalk outside a business. There was a drainage issue that had been ignored by the business owner, causing not only water to constantly drain across the sidewalk, but also creating slick mold that had grown on the constantly wet cement.
- $55,000 for elderly female who fell at a country club. The dangerous area with steps had no lights or markings or railings.
- $50,000 for male who fell at a big box store on liquid from a leaking refrigerator.
- $26,500 for female who slipped on liquid at a big box store that had been ignored by the employees who also failed to put up wet floor signs.
If you fell in public or on someone else’s property, or a loved one sustained a serious injury in this manner, please contact the Little Rock personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Alan LeVar to explore your chances for winning a premises liability lawsuit. You can reach one of our Arkansas attorneys online or by calling (888) 220-7068.
If you need an experienced Arkansas slip and fall attorney, please contact The Law Offices of Alan LeVar today for a free consultation.