Premises Liability and Slip and Fall Injuries in Olive Branch, Mississippi
Olive Branch, MS is unlike any other city in DeSoto County. Its residents have successfully found a way to maintain the strong history of the city while adding contemporary trends. In one day, you can stop at one of their renowned barbeque restaurants, wander around Old Town Main Street, and visit your family and friends in their newly renovated 1900’s home.
The city’s residents pride themselves in their historical touch, but oftentimes older homes, restaurants, grocery stores, and historic landmarks (if unkept and maintained) can pose an unseen safety hazard? For instance: In order to keep the original hardwood porch floor, does a family knowingly disregard building standards? Does the community pool manager look the other way at complaints about the slippery bathrooms or cracked tile?
In Olive Branch—and everywhere in DeSoto County—Mississippi property owners are obliged to follow high safety standards for their property. If a person is injured on another person or company’s property due to acknowledged neglect, then it is the property owner’s responsibility to clean up the mess that they created.
Premises liability is the claim that Olive Branch, MS, neighbors have the option of pursuing when they are injured on another property due to defects on the property or dangers that could have been prevented. Mississippi’s premises liability laws state that the property businesses and homeowners have a duty to provide a “reasonably safe environment.” The biggest key to premises liability claims is that the owner of the property must have knowledge about the problem and continue to do nothing about it.
The premises liability laws in Mississippi may be the basis of a claim if you or a loved one has been injured under these circumstances, amongst others:
- Poor maintenance of a property, including defective stairs or porches
- Defective conditions on the property, including leaks, toxic chemicals, or fumes
- Inadequate building security, which may have been prevented if cameras or on-duty guards were available
- Elevator or escalator accidents, especially in office or public buildings
- Swimming pool accidents, where there was inadequate supervision
- Amusement park accidents
- Dog bites
- Slip and falls
If you’ve been injured on another property in the Olive Branch, Mississippi area, contact an experienced premises liability lawyer to fully understand your rights. Stroud, Flechas & Dalton attorney can review your case and provide you with the legal answers and compensation that you rightfully deserve.
Slip and Fall Injuries in Olive Branch, MS
Premises liability covers a variety of personal injury claims, but slip and fall injuries are the most common. Slip and falls can result when a property owner does not keep his or her property safe and up to the building and city codes.
Unfortunately, many residents that are involved in slip and fall accidents are severely injured and visit the Methodist Olive Branch Hospital or Baptist Desoto Hospital for head, neck, and back injuries. Slip and falls account for over one million emergency department visits each year; they are the leading cause for brain injuries and hip fractures.
Slip and fall accidents most commonly occur in shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, and office buildings. They can happen anywhere, though: local restaurants, Walmart, Lowes, or even shopping establishments in the Southaven Towne Center.
A Slip and Fall Accident Could Happen to You
Imagine this scenario:
You are packing to take a well-needed weekend getaway with your wife. Your neighbors are going to housesit for you; you suddenly remember that you need to get more dog food and snacks. When you get to Kroger, you quickly walk into the doorway, not noticing the slick floor.
Before the employees informed their managers that they needed more mats—or tried to dry the mop water off the floor—you slipped in the grocery store and fell backwards, hitting your head and breaking your arm. Your weekend getaway is now spent in the emergency room at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital, and your vacation fund is now going to the costs of the ambulance ride, prescriptions, and surgery for your broken arm.
This could happen to anyone. When you or your loved one has been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, it is important to understand that you are not the only one going through this life-changing accident. Over 25,000 slip and fall accidents happen every day, leaving Americans off their feet and without work.
Medical expenses, time away from work, and physical and emotional turmoil are expected after a slip and fall. As a result, slip and falls can become a family matter. Not only are you injured, but also your quality of life has been affected. Instead of taking weekend getaways, you are going to doctor visits and physical therapy appointments. Your future plans and career may be on hold as you recover from what could have been a preventable injury.
When you are unsure what to do after a slip and fall accident and have questions about premises liability laws, contact a local Olive Branch, MS, premises liability lawyer.
Stroud, Flechas & Dalton Is Here to Help
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence and wrongfulness of another property owner, it is your right to file a premises liability claim. At Stroud, Flechas & Dalton, we understand that this may be an overwhelming and confusing time for you. Many clients ask, “Should I really file a claim for my slip and fall injury?” All we can tell you is this: let us investigate that question for you.
We have had clients feel uneasy about filing claims against local Olive Branch businesses, but our investigations sometimes find startling results. In some cases, we discover that others have repeatedly fallen in the very same manner and that the business has failed to do anything to prevent such falls.
When you file a premises liability claim, you are seeking compensation for your injuries and “out of pocket expenses.” This is not about taking advantage of anyone. In fact, most businesses carry liability insurance to cover you for these losses. By failing to file a claim, you are not saving the businesses money. To the contrary, you are saving the insurance companies money. They will continue to charge the businesses high premiums even if no claims are filed.
When you ponder all of the time and money you can lose and the pain that you and your loved ones can experience as a result of a preventable “slip and fall” injury, the decision to seek legal counsel becomes an easy decision. Compensation could be available for lost income, past, present and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Stroud, Flechas & Dalton has successfully helped hundreds of DeSoto County residents in slip and fall cases, and some are highlighted on the Recent Verdicts and Settlements of Note page.
Stroud, Flechas & Dalton has over a decade of experience helping clients rebuild the life they once had in Olive Branch and DeSoto County. The experienced attorneys will work diligently and thoroughly on your case and make sure that our investigation leaves no stone unturned.
To work with competent lawyers that will strive to provide you with your best possible outcome after a slip and fall or premises liability injury, contact Stroud, Flechas & Dalton lawyers today.