Slips & Falls

 

Merchants & Stores

If a customer spills a drink on the floor and you slip and hurt yourself, under Louisiana law you have to prove that the store should have had notice of the spill and didn’t respond timely.  Notice can be proved if there are foot marks tracking the substance for several feet, the more tracks the better.  Notice is a part of tort reform, making plaintiff proof more difficult.


If the store’s employees or if a store appliance or display caused the liquid to be on the floor, the store is presumed to have noticed.


If the substance is in common area, the notice requirement is less, but you still have to prove negligence.




Stairs require uniform measurements for width and riser, outdoor stairs have tread and nosing requirements.


Handrails must meet safety criteria.



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