Accident victims often end up suffering more than just the physical pain of their injuries. Of these injuries, a spinal cord injury is one of the most unfortunate, because it can cause temporary or even permanent disability and partial or complete paralysis to the victim even if the victim is fortunate enough to survive.
According to a suit filed by a man in district court in March, a Home Depot store in Gretna is responsible for injuries he sustained when he allegedly tripped on and fell over a wooden sign while shopping at the store. The man claims the sign was in the middle of a walkway.
The lawsuit accuses the store of failing to maintain a safe place for patrons, failing to protect patrons, and failing to maintain the premises properly and warn of dangers.
The victim is seeking compensation for permanent disability and medical expenses as well as for pain and suffering that he claims he experienced because of his alleged injuries.
In Louisiana, like everywhere else in the country, businesses have a duty to keep their properties free of hazards.
An accident such as this typically means ever-mounting medical bills for treatment and sometimes for long-term rehabilitation. If the injury was indeed caused by an accident that resulted from the negligence of another person, then the victim should be able to recover adequate compensation from the negligent party.
If a victim can establish that a property owner or business failed to ensure the safety of its customers and, therefore, was responsible for the accident that caused the victim's injuries, then it might be possible for the injured party to recover substantial compensation. Any injured party that alleges the injuries are the result of another person's negligence might benefit from the advice of a qualified attorney who has experience in matters such as this.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Home Depot sued by man who claims he was injured in trip and fall over sign," Kyle Barnett, April 7, 2014.