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Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers in Metairie, Louisiana

Millions of Americans visit emergency rooms each year because of injuries sustained in falls. Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the country. In many cases, the person who falls suffers a severe injury that may result in missed work and substantial medical bills.

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 have been injured in a fall, contact The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux for a free consultation with a Metairie slip and fall injury lawyer. You may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a property owner’s responsibility for certain accidents that occur on their property. A few things can affect a property owner’s liability, including:

  • The actions (or inactions) of the owner and injured party
  • The legal status of the injured party (invited guest, unlawful intruder, etc.)
  • The condition of the property

Generally speaking, for a property owner to be liable for a slip and fall accident, there must be evidence that they caused or failed to prevent the accident, and that the injured party did not contribute to it.

What Injuries are Common in Slip and Fall Cases?

Many people assume that a slip and fall results in a few bumps and bruises that heal in a few weeks. The person who fell may be sore and stiff for a few days, but the pain subsides, and no real damage is done. 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 Injury (TBI) and other head and brain injuries, including concussions and closed head injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones, including multiple fractures that require extensive surgery and physical therapy
  • Back, neck, and shoulder injuries that can limit range of motion and result in chronic pain that impairs the ability to work or perform other activities
  • Spinal cord injuries that can result in partial or total paralysis and other nervous system injuries
  • Knee and elbow injuries that may cause permanent impairment
  • Life-threatening injuries that result in a wrongful death

Slip and fall accidents can have profound consequences for victims. When an owner is responsible for the conditions that precipitated the fall, the owner should be held responsible for damages, including financial losses, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Working with an experienced Metairie slip and fall injury lawyer can increase your chance of recovering full compensation for all your damages, losses, and injuries.

How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere for a variety of reasons. Some places appear to have more slip and fall accidents compared to other places. Common locations for falls include:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Supermarkets and other retail shops
  • Work and construction sites
  • Stairs, elevators, and escalators
  • Swimming pools and gyms
  • Amusement parks and resorts

The reasons for a fall are as varied and the locations for falls. In many cases, when a fall occurs on another person’s property, the owner may be negligent in causing the accident. Common reasons why slips and falls occur include:

  • Uneven pavement or flooring
  • Broken stairs and missing handrails
  • Cracks and holes in pavement and sidewalks
  • Slick and slippery floors
  • Curbs
  • Snow, ice, and rain
  • Torn or loose carpet, tile, or other floor covering
  • Debris or clutter
  • Falling objects
  • Changes in the height of the floor (step ups or step downs)
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Holes in the ground or uneven ground
  • If a hazard is not corrected or sufficient warning is not provided, the property owner may be liable for damages

How To File A Slip and Fall Claim

Slip and fall accidents are stressful situations, so it’s understandable if you’re not sure exactly how to handle one. Following the following steps can help make the process go more smoothly:

  • File an accident report with the business right away
  • Seek medical attention immediately, and be sure to tell your medical team how the accident happened (this can help prove your story later)
  • Speak with a premises liability lawyer sooner rather than later

Louisiana has a number of laws regarding slip and fall claims, such as:

A premises liability lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and present your case as clearly as possible.

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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 Metairie slip and fall injury lawyer to assist you with investigating the accident and proving the elements required by law for liability. 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 didn’t fix the condition or provide adequate warning to visitors
  • The condition caused the accident
  • The fall resulted in injuries and other damages

Proving the elements of a premises liability claim can be complicated. If you are injured in a fall, you should report the accident to the owner immediately and seek medical attention. A delay in medical care could be used against you to deny or undervalue your injury claim. It is always best to see a doctor after any fall because you could have suffered serious injuries that you are unaware of in the hours following the fall.

FAQs for a Premises Liability Lawyer

The law offices of Blaine J. Barrilleaux have been representing clients in the Metairie, LA, area for over 20 years. Below are the questions we hear most often; if you have a question not answered here, feel free to contact us for help.

Premises liability insurance covers property owners for injuries and property damage sustained on their property. Coverage also includes your legal fees if you get sued after a slip and fall accident or similar incident, potentially saving you thousands in costs.

Generally speaking, homeowners won’t need separate premises liability insurance since liability is covered in most homeowners’ insurance policies. If you’re a homeowner, we strongly recommend carrying homeowners’ insurance. If your property is under construction, you might be required by law to purchase liability coverage.

Business owners should carry commercial liability insurance whether they own or rent their property, since they may be held liable for injuries and property damage that occur anywhere on the premises, including walkways and parking lots.

The cost for premises liability insurance varies depending on factors such as the type of business you own and the coverage limits you choose. No one likes paying insurance premiums, but doing so can save you a lot of money and stress in the long run.

If you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, there are two things you must prove:

  • The business was at fault
  • You were not at fault

Those might sound obvious, but they’re crucial to understand.

So how do you prove that a business was at fault for an accident? You’ll need evidence of something like:

  • The business knew about an unsafe condition but failed to fix it
  • The business was negligent in preventing or discovering dangerous conditions
  • A business employee caused or contributed to the hazardous conditions

You may also need to prove that you didn’t contribute to, or cause the accident by providing evidence that:

  • You weren’t distracted
  • You didn’t ignore safety warnings
  • You were authorized to be in the area where the accident occurred

Proving fault can be tricky. An experienced slip and fall attorney can help you collect necessary evidence and present your case clearly.

If you sustained injuries from a slip and fall accident at your workplace, you’ll usually have to file a workers’ compensation claim rather than suing outright. Your employer’s workers compensation insurance will usually cover injuries if:

  • You were on the clock when they were sustained
  • The injury was a result of doing your job
  • You filed an accident report with your employer
  • You weren’t breaking any company policies at the time of the accident

In rare cases, you might be able to file a personal injury suit against your employer, especially if:

  • The accident was caused by negligence on your employer’s part
  • The injuries weren’t sustained while working

It’s not always easy to tell whether filing a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury suit makes more sense. A qualified lawyer can help you decide which is appropriate for you and help you present your case.

Rubber-like discs separate your spine’s vertebrae. A bulging or herniated disc occurs when one of these discs pops out of place due to a slip and fall accident or other injuries.

Unfortunately, herniated discs are one of the most common injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents. They can be incredibly painful and cause:

  • Nerve damage
  • Tingling or weakness in the extremities
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Loss of sensation in the thighs and surrounding areas

In addition to the physical issues that herniated discs cause, they can lead to:

  • Costly medical bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Pain and suffering

It’s possible to have a slipped disc without knowing it, which is why it’s so important to get checked out by a doctor after any slip and fall accident. It’s also crucial to hang on to any medical bills or doctor’s notes you receive regarding the injury, so you can use them as evidence in a lawsuit.

A premises liability lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need to present a strong case, including expert medical testimony.

If you have any questions about slip and fall accidents, or need more information about premises liability, contact the offices of Blaine Barilleaux.

Call an Experienced Metairie Slip and Fall Attorney

The Law Offices of Blaine Barrilleaux is a personal injury law firm in Louisiana with offices in both Lafayette and Metairie. Our law firm welcomes a wide range of personal injury cases including auto accidents, truck accidents, workers compensation and wrongful death. To schedule a consultation with one of our slip and fall lawyers, please give us a call at 337-989-1212 or complete our inquiry contact form.

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