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New Orleans Winn-Dixie sued after slip-and-fall accident

Louisiana property owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe, so as to avoid accidents that could injure visitors. If they breach this duty, and a visitor is injured as a result, the owner may be held liable for the injured person's damages. The legal theory behind this is known as premises liability, and it often comes up in cases where a customer has been injured in a fall at a restaurant or grocery store.

One example of a grocery store slip-and-fall accident took place at a New Orleans Winn-Dixie store. A woman has filed a lawsuit after she says she fell down on a floor that was made slippery due to a leaky beverage cooler. The woman is naming multiple defendants in her case, alleging negligence.

The woman claims the fall has caused her to suffer both physical pain and mental pain. She argues that the defendants breached their duty, as they did not make sure the beverage cooler was working properly, the did not clean up the spill they did not post any warnings to store patrons of the slippery floor and ultimately committed overall negligence.

It remains to be seen how this woman's case will play out, but what one can take away from the incident is that store owners have the responsibility of keeping their premises safe for patrons. If they fail in this responsibility and a patron is injured, that patron may have the option of pursuing a premises liability lawsuit, in order to obtain compensation for the serious injuries they suffered.

Source: Louisiana Record, "Customer sues Winn-Dixie over slip-and-fall injury," Carrie Bradon, April 3, 2017

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