Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in Louisiana
Slip and fall accidents—often referred to as “slip, trip, and falls” or, simply, “slip and falls”—are some of the most common types of accidents. In fact, falls are responsible for millions of injuries, hospitalizations, and deaths each year in the United States.
If you were injured in a slip and fall, you could be entitled to compensation for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. We encourage you to get in touch with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer, like ours at Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., who can help you with your claim. Slip and fall cases are relatively common, meaning property owners and their insurance companies are likely to fight back. You need a team you can count on to protect your rights and advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Are Property Owners Liable for Slip and Fall Accidents?
While some slip and falls are relatively minor, with victims sustaining lesser injuries that will heal on their own, others are catastrophic. After a severe slip and fall accident, you may be left with permanent injuries or lifelong disabilities, not to mention exorbitant medical bills and other serious hardships. Regardless of the nature of your accident or the severity of your injuries, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages—but you will have to prove that the property owner (or another party) is liable.
Under Louisiana premises liability law, you must prove that someone else—usually the property owner—was at fault for the accident to have a valid slip and fall case. Typically, this involves proving that you were legally allowed on the property when the incident occurred and there was a dangerous condition or hazard that contributed to your fall. You’ll also likely need to prove that the property owner knew about or should have known about the dangerous condition or hazard yet failed to take the appropriate measures to remove it, repair it, or warn you about it.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
Most slips, trips, and falls result from unsafe or defective property conditions or hazards.
Some of the most common examples include:
- Wet floors
- Uneven flooring
- Slippery surfaces
- Torn carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Cluttered walkways
- Exposed tripping hazards
- Defective stairs or steps
- Missing handrails
- Loose gravel
- Improper or missing signage
When property owners fail to repair, remove, or warn visitors about such conditions, innocent people can be severely hurt. If you believe that a property owner, property manager, or another liable party was responsible for your slip and fall accident, contact Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. right away to learn how we can help.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Victims
Serious slip and fall accidents can lead to devastating, life-altering injuries. In fact, falls are among the leading causes of some catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spine injuries.
Other common slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Serious cuts, scrapes, and abrasions
- Slipped, or herniated, discs
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Injuries to arms and wrists
- Sprains and strains
- Facial injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Victims may require emergency medical attention, hospitalization, and other ongoing care, such as physical therapy, pain management, and rehabilitation. Some may be unable to return to work for weeks or months, and others may sustain permanent impairments that prevent them from obtaining any form of gainful employment in the future.
At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we recognize just how devastating a serious slip, trip, and fall accident can be, both for victims and their families. Because of this, our Opelousas slip and fall lawyers fight for maximum compensation for their clients. Our goal is to help you recover every last penny you are owed so that you can manage unexpected medical expenses, prepare for future care costs, and make up for lost wages while you are out of work. We also fight to make sure our clients are compensated for the physical pain and mental suffering they have endured as a result of their injuries, and we are fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.
How a Lawyer from Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. Can Help
After a slip and fall accident, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention and, if possible, preserve any evidence from the accident. Report the incident to the property manager or owner and insist on receiving a copy of the official report. You should also talk to any witnesses who saw what happened and, if you can, get their names and contact information.
One of the best things you can do after a slip and fall accident is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney, like ours at Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C. An attorney at our firm can help you with every aspect of your claim, from gathering evidence and submitting paperwork to communicating with the insurance company and negotiating a fair settlement. If necessary, we can even help you prepare for trial and aggressively advocate for you in the courtroom.
Throughout the legal process, our team will be there to answer your questions and provide the honest, compassionate, and personalized legal guidance you deserve. We are proud to represent everyday people right here in our community, and we are committed to fighting for the results you need to get back on your feet and move forward with your life.
An injury is a devastating thing to have to deal with and a legal case on top of it can seem impossible. Our firm’s personal injury attorneys are able to offer peace of mind when you know that someone with experience and commitment is handling the situation.
When a case can’t be worked out through negotiation, Doran & Cawthorne has no qualms about taking the matter to court. Whether before a judge, or jury, we will gather the evidence necessary to present your case before the fact-finder in the best light.
It is all too common for insurance companies to offer less than what they know to be fair. Our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf, and won’t compromise for anything less than the amount they know you should be receiving.
Our lawyers don’t just talk it…we strive to deliver. You can rest assured you’ll have experienced personal injury counsel with Doran & Cawthorne on your side.
Having handled hundreds, if not thousands of injury cases in Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere, we can assess the best options for each case.
Our firm’s attorneys will guide you in the right direction to make sure your case is developed effectively to your advantage.