Last week, two new personal injury lawsuits were filed in Louisiana’s 23rd Judicial District Court against national retailer Wal-Mart. On December 8th, Susan Imbraguglio of Acension Parish filed a negligence claim against the corporation and the store’s general manager seeking damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life associated with an alleged slip and fall. According to Imbraguglio, she slipped on apple slices while exiting a restroom and fell to one knee after a series of attempts to catch her balance. Her knee later required surgery.
The next day, Janis Immasche filed a case against a Prairieville Wal-Mart after she was allegedly struck in the back by a pallet jack which knocked her to the ground. Immasche alleges Wal-Mart committed negligence by failing to warn her, failing to maintain safe premises, and providing poor employee supervision. She also claims the store refused to summon medical assistance after she was struck by the pallet jack. Immasche is seeking damages for medical costs, pain and suffering, and permanent disability related to the neck and back trauma she purportedly suffered during the accident.
All property owners in Louisiana are required to maintain a certain standard of safety on their premises. Failure by an individual or business to maintain safe conditions may result in a lawsuit. In order to file a premises liability lawsuit, a claimant must be an invitee on the property such a shopper in a business. In Louisiana, if a party was injured while trespassing he or she is not entitled to financial recovery.
Premises liability accidents generally fall into three categories. The categories are slip and fall, trip and fall, and construction accidents. Regardless of the category, any injuries must be documented and treated by a doctor. An injured person may be able to recover the costs of medical care, lost income, and compensation for other damages such as pain and suffering. An experienced premises liability attorney will explain the types of damage awards you may be eligible to receive due to your injuries.
If you were injured due to a property owner’s negligence, it is recommended you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Contact J. Price McNamara, a committed and knowledgeable premises liability attorney, to guide you through the legal process. He handles personal injury cases across Louisiana including New Orleans, Kenner, Lafayette, Mandeville, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Jefferson, Orleans, Baton Rouge, Ascension, and St. John Parishes. Call him today at (866) 248-0580 or contact him through his website to schedule a free initial consultation.
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