Worried about what to do after a slip and fall in Arkansas?
Without good legal advice, slip and fall laws in Arkansas are hard to navigate.
Understanding filing deadlines and shared-fault rules can seriously impact the outcome of your case.
At Harris Law Firm, we’ve put together a quick overview of Arkansas slip and fall laws. Our guide can help you or your loved one get back on your feet faster.
What Are the Arkansas Slip and Fall Laws?
A few different laws may influence the outcome of a slip and fall in Arkansas. This includes whether and how much you can recover for your injuries.
The “statute of limitations” limits how much time can pass between your slip and fall and the date you make a claim for damages.
The second set of laws concern different types of negligence or shared-fault. If your conduct also played a role, then it may make it harder for you to be fully compensated.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim for Compensation?
You have three years to make a claim to recover for your injuries under Arkansas slip and fall law. The three-year time limit applies not only to personal injuries you may have sustained.
The law also applies to property damage too. If you tore an expensive dress when you fell or broke a family heirloom necklace, the statute of limitation still applies.
You will need to file a claim for that slip and fall property damage within the three-year time limit.
If you miss the deadline for filing your claim, it is unlikely that you will be able to obtain relief for your injuries or property damage. This is why having a good slip and fall lawyer is so important!
Harris Law Firm is experienced in Arkansas slip and fall laws and can help you meet the important deadlines that are essential to getting the recovery you deserve.
What If I’m at Fault Too?
It’s hard to believe that a judge or property owner might accuse you of being responsible for your own injuries when you slip and fall! However, Arkansas law uses the principle of “comparative negligence.”
This means that a court may determine that each party can be blamed a bit for the accident. A store owner might be 80% to blame for your accident because the floor was wet.
However, you could be found 20% to blame because you were wearing roller skates in the store. Therefore, your award might be reduced accordingly.
If you’re found to be more than 50% responsible for your own injuries, Arkansas law prevents you from recovering anything at all. Be sure to watch where you’re going—especially when you’re wearing roller skates in the grocery store!
How Do I File a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
Contact Harris Law Firm today to discuss a free case review. We have over 30 years of experience in personal injury cases in Mississippi and Arkansas, and our skilled lawyers are here to champion your rights.