A woman who claims she received disabling injuries after slipping and falling on painted pavement is suing a grocery store in Louisiana. The plaintiff, Julie Paci, filed suit against Winn-Dixie Montgomery LLC, as well as Southern Sweeping Services in November of 2014. Paci asserts that on Nov. 6, 2013, as she walked through the parking lot at the Winn-Dixie in Metairie, she stepped on an arrow painted on the asphalt and slipped, which sent her falling onto the pavement. According to Paci, the painted arrow was markedly slicker than the pavement enclosing it. The plaintiff claims to have received acute and disabling injuries in the episode.
What responsibilities do businesses have to keep patrons safe?
Any owner of a property, residential or commercial, has a duty of care or responsibility to the upkeep of that property. That means that the property owner is expected to keep his or her premises in safe and working condition so that anyone who enters that property can expect to be free from harm or injury while on the property. In legal terms, this would be referred to as premises liability.
What if it’s icy outside and my company didn’t salt the parking lot?
Poor weather conditions can present challenges to business owners. Especially if there is freezing rain or snow. Even if you salt once, the weather continues and you have to stay on top of it to ensure walkways are safe for patrons. If your company did not make a reasonable effort to provide safe passage for you from the designated parking lot into the building and you slipped and fell as a result, they are responsible for your injuries.
Seek professional counsel.
If you have been injured due to your company’s failure to provide safe walkways by salting icy areas, you most certainly have a case against them. It’s important that you contact an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney to review your case and assess your injuries, pain and suffering. Call 1-800-535-2529 or contact us online for a free consultation.