Little Rock Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall Attorneys in Little Rock
Slip and fall accidents fall under a broad area of Arkansas law known as premises liability. These cases arise when someone is injured due to an unsafe condition on the property of another. Particularly for slip and fall cases, the injured party is injured by falling, slipping, or tripping on an object, surface, liquid, or dangerous condition caused by a property owner’s negligent upkeep or maintenance of the area in question. Many times, the accident results in severe injuries that require expensive surgeries and months of rehabilitation. If you or a loved one has been injured on the property of another due to an unsafe condition resulting in a fall, the Little Rock slip and fall lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to discuss your legal options with you today.
Slip and Fall Accident Suits
Under Arkansas law, there are three classifications of people on someone else’s property – trespassers, licensees, and invitees. Under each classification, property owners in Pulaski County have different standards of care they must provide. Below are the three different classifications in detail:
- Trespasser – a person who goes onto the premises of another without the express or implied consent of the landowner. Little Rock landowners are typically only responsible for the trespasser’s injuries if the landowner caused the slip and fall to happen due to gross negligence or wanton conduct.
- Licensee –commonly referred to as social guests. Here the property owner’s responsibility is to not cause any harm due to wanton or willful conduct, excise ordinary care to avoid injuries to the social guest when they are in a position of danger, and to use ordinary care to make known conditions safe that are not open or obvious or at least warn the licensee about the danger.
- Invitee – invitees are generally known as customers. Here, the landowner has a duty to not only to protect its customers from known dangers, but also from dangers the landowner reasonably should have discovered through regular inspections.
Determining the legal duty owed by the property owner or manager will depend on why the injured victim was on the property to begin with. Per Arkansas law, the injured victim has the burden of proving the property owner’s negligence. Typically this means proving the property owner (or an employee) created a dangerous condition or knew about the condition but failed to take measures to remedy it. Proof can come in many forms, including photographs of the scene, witness statements, incident reports, and video or surveillance footage. Video footage may disappear or record over itself after a certain amount of time, which is why it is important to take steps to prevent possible spoliation of evidence.
Slip and fall accidents occur for several different reasons and often result in serious and life threatening injuries. Slip and falls commonly occur due to the following:
- Weather conditions such as rain, ice, or snow
- Slippery or slick floors
- Cracks in sidewalks or flooring
- Uneven flooring or changes in the height of the flooring
- Debris or foreign objects
Slip and fall accidents can occur just about anywhere in Pulaski County – grocery stores, public property, businesses, shopping malls, restaurants, office buildings, apartment complexes, and private property. Falls can produce significant injuries requiring hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, and other forms of rehabilitation. A slip and fall lawyer in the Little Rock area can assess your case and inform you of the types of compensation you may be able to recover under the law, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other losses. Time is usually of the essence in investigating these claims, as camera or video footage may disappear and witnesses’ memories can fade over time.
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Did you break a bone or need surgery after falling on someone else’s property? If so, the Little Rock slip and fall attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can help. Our attorneys have dedicated their lives to helping those who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence and represent injured parties all across Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury or premises liability attorney. NST is the way to go.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.