Slip & Fall Attorneys in Little Rock, Arkansas
A slip-and-fall accident can be a physically and emotionally traumatic experience for the injured victim and their family. The medical care costs associated with the injury can be astronomical, whether you slipped and fell on private property or business property.
Fortunately, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your slip-and-fall injury. Consider contacting a knowledgeable and results-driven attorney at Cortinez Law Firm to assist you with proving the property owner’s fault and securing the full and fair compensation you deserve. We proudly serve accident victims in Little Rock, Cabot, Conway, Benton-Bryant, and throughout Central Arkansas.
Premises Liability in Arkansas
Premises liability is one of the most frequent grounds for personal injury cases in Arkansas. Premises liability involves accidents and incidents that occur on someone else’s residential or commercial property.
Under the premises liability law in Arkansas, property owners and occupiers must take all reasonable precautions to avoid causing harm to individuals on their premises and warn of hazards on the property.
Premises liability deals with a variety of accidents, including but not limited to:
Slip-and-fall accidents (e.g., a customer in a grocery store slips on a wet floor that was recently mopped and there was no “Caution! Wet Floor” sign);
Negligent security (e.g., a shopping mall visitor is assaulted or robbed at a parking lot because of inadequate lighting); and
Improper maintenance (e.g., a resident of an apartment complex is injured in an elevator accident caused by inadequate elevator maintenance).
If you were injured on private, business, or public property in Arkansas, our attorneys at Cortinez Law Firm are prepared to help you understand your options for compensation. There is a limited amount of time to sue the property owner. In Arkansas, the statute of limitations for all personal injuries is three years from the date of the accident or discovery of the injury.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
Depending on the location and circumstances of the slip-and-fall accident, there may be multiple potentially at-fault parties. You may be able to hold the following parties responsible:
The owner of the property
The occupier of the property
The owner of the business where the accident took place
The government entity if the accident occurred on public property
The injured party if their negligence or carelessness contributed to the accident
Often, property owners attempt to deflect blame onto the injured victim. It is true that injured parties may share fault for the slip-and-fall accident if they were careless or negligent.
Arkansas follows the modified comparative negligence rule, which means accident victims deemed 50% or more at fault for their injury are not entitled to any compensation. Under the rule, if you were partially at fault for your slip-and-fall injury, your recoverable damages will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
If the property owner blames you for the accident, consider contacting a knowledgeable attorney to protect your rights, prove the owner’s fault, and maximize your compensation.
In order to obtain compensation after a slip-and-fall accident, you need to prove the owner’s fault by establishing that the property owner or the owner’s employees:
Knew about the condition that caused the accident but failed to remedy it;
Should have known about the condition through reasonable inspection; or
Caused or contributed to the condition.
Most slip-and-fall accidents hinge on determining the property owner’s negligence. The four elements of negligence include a duty of care, a breach of duty, causation, and damages. Filing a lawsuit against a negligent property owner may be riskier than settling an insurance claim out of court because there is no guarantee that you will receive any compensation or that the court will rule in your favor.
Slip & Fall Attorneys Serving Little Rock, Arkansas
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property because of the property owner’s negligence or failure to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition, rely on our slip-and-fall attorneys at Cortinez Law Firm for assistance. We can help you understand your legal rights and work to secure compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages and losses from liable parties. Request a free case evaluation with our attorneys today.