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Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana

As its name suggests, a “slip and fall” is any accident in which an individual slips, trips, or falls on someone else’s property and suffers injuries as a result.

However, you may also hear the term “premises liability” used to describe slip and fall accidents. This is because these events usually happen on a property, or “premises,” that is owned or maintained by someone other than the injured party.

These accidents can happen anywhere – at a restaurant, at work, in the parking lot of a shopping mall, or even at your friend’s house. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury after slipping, tripping, or falling on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation.

An experienced premises liability lawyer can determine your legal options and any amount you may be owed for your injuries.

What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?

A lot of people think of slip and fall accidents as just that…accidents. But in reality, many slip and fall “accidents” could have been prevented.

There are many hazardous conditions from loose carpeting to wet floors that can easily cause visitors on a property to fall and get hurt.

Below, our team has listed some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents. As you read, please remember that if you slipped or fell on someone else’s property for one of these reasons or for any reason that wasn’t your fault, it’s important to speak with a lawyer.

  • Loose, torn, cracked, or uneven flooring
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Narrow or broken stairs
  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Environmental conditions, like ice or snow that isn’t salted
  • Potholes in parking lots
  • Loose cords or wiring
  • Lack of handrails
  • Dangerous obstacles, such as trash or debris

Common Slip and Fall Injuries: Did This Happen to You?

Slip and fall accidents cause injuries far more serious than cuts, bruises, and scraped knees. The statistics behind these types of injuries are shocking.

According to the CDC, one out of every five falls causes a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury. Even worse, falls are cited as the third-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death and are the leading cause of death among older adults. Fall death rates have been steadily increasing since 2007, with the CDC predicting that there will be seven fall deaths every hour by 2030.

The sad fact is these accidents can happen to anyone at any time and all too often, they result in serious injuries that can make it difficult for a person to move around, do everyday activities, or even live on their own.

Here are some of the most common slip and fall injuries:

  • Broken bones, particularly wrists, arms, ankles, and hip fractures
  • Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries and nerve damage
  • Shoulder and neck injuries
  • Knee damage
  • Torn ligaments, muscles, and tendons
  • Mental anguish, including PTSD, over a fear of falling again

How Do I Prove Fault in a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a slip and fall accident, the owner of the property where you fell may be held liable for your injuries.

Generally, every property owner has a duty to maintain safe conditions on their property. If the owner of the property where you were hurt knew or should have known about the dangerous conditions that led to your fall and did nothing to fix it, you may be entitled to compensation through a slip and fall lawsuit.

However, it’s important to know that just because you were hurt on someone else’s property, doesn’t immediately mean they are responsible. In order to recover compensation, you must be able to prove that the owner acted negligently and that your injuries were a direct result of that negligence.

To do this, it must be demonstrated that:

  • The owner created the hazard.
  • The owner knew the hazard existed and failed to correct it or adequately warn visitors.
  • The hazard was present for a certain length of time, so the owner should have discovered it and taken action to fix it.

How Will a New Orleans Slip and Fall Lawyer Help Me?

Filing a slip and fall claim and proving a property owner’s negligence isn’t easy, especially when you’re trying to heal from serious injuries.

There are many factors that can affect your case, such as how long the hazard existed, if there were warning signs present, and whether or not your actions contributed to the fall. What’s more, the property owner and their insurance company will likely try everything they can to escape liability for your injuries, making matters incredibly challenging and unfair for you.

If you’ve been hurt after a fall, having an experienced and knowledgeable New Orleans slip and fall lawyer on your side will even the playing field and give you a better chance of receiving any compensation you’re owed. What’s more, an attorney will take the burden of the legal process off your shoulders, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?

The moments, days, and even weeks after you’ve slipped, tripped, or fallen can be confusing and isolating. You’re hurt, your medical bills are starting to pile up, and the property owner’s insurance company is pressuring you to sign papers and give statements.

Our lawyers know what you’re going through and we want to help provide clarity for injured victims in New Orleans who are in this vulnerable situation. After a slip and fall accident, try to remain calm and keep these steps in mind to protect yourself and your legal rights:

Your health is the number one priority. After a slip, trip, or fall, it’s vital that you seek medical attention as soon as possible and follow your doctor’s treatment plan, even if you believe your injuries are minor.

Pain or symptoms of serious injuries may not surface immediately, so it’s important that you receive a full evaluation from a medical professional. Additionally, any delays in treatment can cause the other party to claim that your injuries either aren’t serious or don’t directly result from your fall.

In order to have the best chance of a successful slip and fall case, this step is critical. Take photos of your injuries and the location where you fell, and the hazard that caused you to get hurt, if possible. Many times, property owners will fix the issue immediately after an incident to remove evidence in attempts to escape liability.

In addition to photos, keep detailed records of any expenses associated with your injuries and time you’ve missed from work.

After a slip and fall accident, you’ll likely (if you haven’t already) start receiving calls from the property owner’s insurance company, asking you to sign forms or give a recorded statement about what happened. DO NOT sign or say anything to the insurance company without speaking to an attorney first. Doing so can cause you to sign away your right to compensation.

Attempting to handle your claim without an attorney isn’t just difficult but can cause you to end up with less than you deserve. Don’t leave your compensation up to chance. If you’re dealing with serious injuries after a slip, trip, or fall due to a property owner’s carelessness, call a New Orleans slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible to help you navigate the legal process.

How Much Is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?

Slip and fall accidents aren’t just serious, they’re also costly. When injured victims call our office, this is usually one of the first questions they ask. Keep in mind that no two cases are the same, so the amount of compensation you’re entitled to will depend entirely on the circumstances of your accident.

To estimate any amount that you may be entitled to, our team will need to first review the details of your case. If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident due to no fault of your own, compensation may help cover losses including but not limited to:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

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In Pain? Call Blaine!

If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall accident, you need a serious slip and fall lawyer. Don’t wait to take action and find out if you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses.

If you’re in pain, call attorney Blaine Barrilleaux and his experienced, compassionate team today! With more than 20 years of experience representing injured victims in Louisiana, Blaine knows how to handle this type of case.

The right lawyer can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Call our office today or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.

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