Can a fall lead to a lawsuit?

By Heather Nolan

In efforts to curb frivolous law suits, a bill, recently signed by Rick Perry, will require the some civil plaintiffs to pay the defending attorneys fees if they lose in court.

It’s Sunday afternoon and you’re on your weekly grocery store trip. A few seconds before you make the turn into the condiment aisle, a clumsy shopper knocks a jar of pickles onto the floor.

You turn the corner, don’t see the juice, step in it and land flat on your back.

Did you just fall into a lawsuit?

That depends. Unless the evidence against the store is overwhelming, plaintiff’s attorneys say the cases can be hard to prove. That doesn’t stop attorneys from filing them; Jefferson County has a notably high number of personal injury cases on its dockets.

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