Lafayette Slip & Fall Attorney

Proving Negligence for Slip and Fall Injuries in Louisiana

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, and they can result in serious injuries. If you or someone you love slipped, tripped, or fell on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., our Lafayette slip-and-fall lawyers can help you understand your rights and whether you have a viable premises liability claim. We have extensive experience in this complex area of law and know how to fight negligent property owners and their insurance providers. Slip-and-fall cases are rarely straightforward, but we have what it takes to advocate for you at every stage of the legal process.

Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

A slip-and-fall accident refers to a situation where a person slips or trips on a surface and falls, often resulting in injury. These accidents can occur on various types of surfaces, including wet floors, uneven pavements, icy sidewalks, or surfaces with debris or obstacles. Slip-and-fall accidents are common in places, such as supermarkets, restaurants, workplaces, and public areas.

Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Uneven or broken flooring
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Cluttered floors
  • Lack of handrails on stairs
  • Unmarked steps or changes in elevation
  • Defective stairs or stairwells
  • Poorly designed or maintained walkways

There are many other ways a property owner or manager can be negligent and cause a slip-and-fall accident. Our Lafayette slip and fall attorneys can help you determine who is liable and what damages you may be owed.

What is Negligence in a Slip & Fall Case?

Slip-and-fall cases are a type of premises liability claim. In order to successfully recover compensation in a slip and fall case, you must prove that the property owner or manager was negligent.

In Louisiana, this means proving the following elements:

  • The property owner owed you a duty of care
  • The property owner breached this duty of care
  • The breach of duty caused your slip and fall accident
  • You suffered damages as a result of the accident

In most cases, proving negligence in a slip and fall case involves showing that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to take reasonable steps to fix the problem.

What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

Immediately following a slip-and-fall accident, you may be disoriented and in shock. However, you must take certain steps to protect yourself and your right to recover compensation.

After a slip and fall accident in Louisiana, you should:

  • Get immediate medical attention
  • Notify the property owner or manager
  • Take pictures of the accident scene
  • Get the names and contact information of any witnesses
  • Keep the shoes, clothing, or other items you were wearing at the time of the fall
  • Keep all medical records and other relevant documents
  • Do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company
  • Do not post about your accident or injuries on social media

Remember, the insurance company is not on your side. They are looking for any reason to deny your claim, including using your own words against you. It is best to avoid speaking with the insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney.

At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we understand how devastating slip and fall accidents can be. We also know how to effectively advocate for our clients and help them recover the maximum compensation they are owed.

Call our office at (337) 222-3526 or submit an online contact form to get started with a complimentary case evaluation. We are ready to fight for you.

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