Every day, Louisianans enter local business to carry out their daily tasks. Whether it is to buy groceries, purchase a birthday gift, visit a museum, or see a movie, consumers across our state rarely consider whether the establishments they enter are safe. This is a good thing, as it means that in most instances, businesses are so safe we don’t even consider the possibility of them being dangerous. Yet, quite frequently, Louisianans are hurt while on the premises of others. When this happens, the resulting harm can be excruciating, both physically and financially.

One Louisiana man may be in this situation now after allegedly suffering injuries in a slip-and-fall accident at a local Best Buy. According to his lawsuit against the big box retailer, the business failed to warn the man of the dangers posed by a rubber mat at the front entrance. He claims that Best Buy was negligent, that this negligence caused him harm, and that the business should compensate him for his damages.

Premises liability lawsuits like this one can be a powerful tool for Louisianans who are hurt by dangerous property conditions. In order to recover compensation on one of these claims, a victim must prove certain elements, including that the defendant knew or should have known of the dangerous condition.

An injury suffered on the premises of another can leave an individual with unwanted and unexpected medical expenses and lost wages due to missed work. By filing a legal claim against a negligent property owner and succeeding, a victim may be able to recover the compensation he or she needs to reclaim his or her health and recoup wages that were unfairly stripped away.

Source: The Louisiana Record, “Man alleges he was injured in slip and fall at Best Buy,” Carrie Bradon, June 10, 2016