According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), “Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits.” Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the country. In many cases, falling causes severe injuries that may result in substantial medical bills and lost wages.
We Know What You’re Going Through
Suffering injuries after a slip and fall accident is a life-changing experience. What’s more, it can be incredibly overwhelming when medical bills start to pile up and you’re unable to work due to your injuries. When a fall occurs on another person’s property or at a place of business, the owner may be liable for damages under Louisiana premises liability law.
If you or a loved one fell on another person’s property and suffered injuries, contact The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux for a free case review. Our slip and fall attorneys understand what you’re going through and are here to help. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, however, we must review your case to determine what legal options are available after your accident.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability protects those who sustained injuries while visiting a property. Under premises liability law, injured victims have the opportunity to file a claim against negligent property owners in order to seek compensation for damages.
Property owners are required by law to ensure their property is safe. If there are any potentially hazardous conditions, they must warn visitors. Unfortunately, not all property owners maintain safe conditions. Owners who fail to comply with this law can be held legally responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of their negligence.
Types of Compensation Available for Damages
The treatment necessary after your fall will depend on the extent of your injury and/or injuries. Medical expenses related to your accident can become increasingly high. If you’re eligible to obtain compensation, those expenses may be covered.
The types of compensation available after a slip and fall accident include:
In some cases, medical treatment may last for an extended amount of time, leading to higher medical expenses. This can include surgeries, physical therapy, and/or prescription medications.
If your injuries prevent you from working entirely or you have to spend time away from work to attend appointments, you could be compensated for lost wages.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to the financial costs associated with your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for what you were forced to endure not only physically but mentally and emotionally, as well.
While compensation can’t repair the damage that’s been done, it can help cover any expenses related to the accident. In order to effectively determine the amount of compensation you deserve, our team of slip and fall attorneys will need to review the various circumstances pertaining to your case. Every slip and fall accident is different, so results will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your case.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
While there are numerous types of injuries that can result from a fall, some occur more frequently than others. Many people associate falling with bumps and bruises that usually heal in a few weeks. However, this is not always the case. Some accident victims suffer severe injuries that require surgery and considerable time away from work.
Common injuries that result from a slip and fall accident include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s)
Head and brain injuries, such as concussions, can result in serious damage. This type of injury can affect the functionality of other parts of the body.
Fractures and Broken Bones
Fractures and broken bones can require extensive surgery and physical therapy.
Back, Neck, and Shoulder Injuries
These types of injuries can limit range of motion and result in chronic pain that impairs one’s ability to work and perform everyday activities.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Damage to the spine can result in partial or total paralysis and other nervous system injuries, which can leave permanent damage.
Slip and fall accidents can have a significant impact on a victim and their family. When a property owner is responsible for the conditions that resulted in the fall, they should be held liable for any damages, including financial losses, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
4 Steps to Take After a Fall
The moments after a slip and fall can be scary and overwhelming, especially if you’re uncertain about how you should handle the accident. For this reason, our team has outlined four steps to consider after experiencing a fall:
- If you are injured in a fall, you should report the accident to the owner, immediately.
- Seek medical treatment after you report the accident. Any delays in medical care could be used against you to deny or undervalue your injury claim. It is always best to see a doctor after a fall because you may have suffered serious injuries and it can take a few days or more for any pain to arise.
- Document everything pertaining to your accident. This can include contact information of any witnesses and pictures of where the accident took place.
- Contact an experienced attorney to guide you through the legal process. Seeking compensation without strong legal guidance can be challenging. Our team recommends that you call our law office as soon as you can after your accident, so we can review your case.
Implementing these steps can increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve after suffering injuries due to a negligent property owner.
7 Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
While there are plenty of reasons slip and fall accidents may happen, below are the top seven:
- Uneven pavement or flooring
- Broken stairs and missing handrails
- Cracks and holes in pavement and sidewalks
- Slick and slippery floors
- Snow, ice, and rain
- Torn or loose carpet, tile, or another floor covering
Common Places Slip and Fall Accidents Occur
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere for a variety of reasons. However, some locations are more prone to fall accidents. Here are the most common places that falls tend to occur:
- Grocery stores and other retail shops
- Work and construction sites
- Stairs, escalators, and elevators
- Swimming pools and gyms
- Resorts and amusement parks
Proving Liability in a Slip and Fall Claim
It can be difficult to prove that a property owner is liable for a fall without an experienced slip and fall attorney on your side. In most cases, you must prove the following elements to recover money for a slip and fall claim:
- A dangerous or hazardous condition existed on the property;
- The property owner knew or should have known, the condition existed;
- The owner failed to act to correct the condition or provide adequate warning to visitors;
- The condition caused the fall and,
- The fall resulted in injuries and damages.
Proving these elements of a premises liability claim can be complicated. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney who is experienced in this area of the law.
Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Accidents
The statute of limitations gives an injured victim a set amount of time to take legal action after their accident. Every state has different laws, so it’s important to know what the deadline is in Louisiana.
For slip and fall cases, an injured victim has one year starting from the date the accident occurred to file a lawsuit. Failing to file within this amount of time will likely result in little to no compensation.
Keep in mind that most slip and fall cases are able to be settled without having to go to court. However, if the parties aren’t able to reach an agreement and a trial becomes necessary, then you will need to ensure you file before the one-year deadline.
If you’re unsure whether you have a case, you should speak with an experienced attorney to avoid missing your opportunity of receiving any compensation you’re entitled to for damages.
Injured After Falling on a Property? Contact Our Law Firm Today.
The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux is a personal injury law firm in Louisiana with offices in both Lafayette and Metairie. We are passionate and dedicated to providing our community with strong legal representation.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to a fall on a property that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for damages. We understand the stress and worry injured victims experience after a fall and will strive to fight for every penny you deserve.
Our law firm handles various types of personal injury cases including car accidents, truck accidents, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, please give us a call at 337-989-1212, or fill out our free consultation form below. We look forward to discussing your legal options. Don’t wait, time is crucial after an accident.