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Slip & Fall Accidents

Trip and fall (known as “slip and fall”) accidents are common throughout New Orleans and Louisiana; unfortunately, many Louisianans suffer due to these injuries. They can happen anywhere; tripping or slipping may happen while pumping gas, shopping at a mall, or eating lunch. While you may have heard of slip and fall accidents, many people do not understand the scope of injury or harm that can be caused by such accidents. Slip and fall accidents can cause more damage than you would think, and, therefore, it’s important to seek help if you find yourself having slipped, tripped, or fallen. If you or someone you know has been injured due an accidental fall in a residential or commercial property in the state of Louisiana, you may be able to get compensation, especially if you’ve been injured due to negligence of the property owner. 

Ten Slip And Fall Accident Statistics 

Most of the time, slip and fall accidents can be avoided. However, the following statistics show just how serious these injuries can be: 

  • According to the National Floor Safety Institute, over one million people are treated at emergency rooms across the United States due to slip and fall injuries each year. 
  • In slip and fall cases, a person has a 5% chance at breaking or fracturing bones, and in about 20% of those cases the injuries are even more severe. 
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission has published that flooring and flooring materials directly contribute to over two million slip and fall injuries annually. 
  • Although elderly populations are more at risk of falling and injuring themselves, slip and fall accidents are common among all age groups. Around one-third of adults aged 65 and older fall each year. Those who are 55 and older are more likely to be injured at their jobs, while about 60% of nursing home residents suffer from fall-related injuries. 
  • Brain trauma is one of the leading injuries when it comes to slip and fall accidents and roughly 95% of hip fractures are due to falls. 
  • Slip and fall injuries put people out of work for an average of 11 days. 
  • The cost of a slip and fall accident can be tens of thousands of dollars. According to the CDC, the average cost of a hospital visit for slip and fall injuries is over $30,000. During winter, the average cost of falls due to snow or ice can go up to $48,000. 
  • Clearly, slip and fall accidents are not cheap! They cost Americans over $30 billion a year. 
  • In addition to minor and serious injuries, around six thousand lives are lost annually due to falls. 
  • When it comes to accidental falls, people hesitate to take legal action. Less than 2% of cases go to a jury trial. Don’t let this happen to you! If your fall was related to negligence, a dangerous condition, or a hazard, be sure to claim compensation.

Slip and fall accidents can have lasting physical and financial consequences. They can be avoided if individuals and businesses take the time and money to keep their property safe and well-maintained. Serious injury and loss due to negligence can devastate families. 

Slip And Fall Causes 

Whether you’re in a commercial or residential building, there are hazards to be aware of that can contribute to slip and fall accidents. These include: 

  • Floors that are wet or slippery
  • Newly polished floors
  • Carpets that do not lay flat, carpets that bunch, or carpets that have curled up edges 
  • Uneven flooring
  • Cracked tiles
  • Stairs that are broken or damaged
  • Obstacles on walkways

Although most people are aware and cautious of hazards when outside of their homes, even minor slip and falls can cause injury or harm. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings wherever you go, but if you’re involved in an unfortunate fall, be sure to note whether or not the fall could have been avoided. If someone has been negligent, you’re entitled to compensation. 

Negligence

Slip and fall accidents are one of the most commonly filed types of claims in civil court. When it comes to navigating the legal world of slip and fall accidents, it’s important to have experience on your side. The attorneys at Breaux Law Firm have successfully litigated many premise liability cases due to negligence. When it comes to injuries due to negligence, there are a few things attorneys must establish, such as: 

  • Whether or not the property owner was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition or hazard and whether they attempted to fix the issue. If the owner was aware of the hazard and failed to remedy it before an incident occurred, then there is negligence. 
  • Whether or not the property owner caused the hazardous condition. For instance, if items were left in a walkway or if regular maintenance was not performed, the property owner could be at fault.

However, not every slip and fall case in New Orleans or Louisiana results in only one party being found at fault. In Louisiana, the concept of “comparative negligence” can limit your compensation if you’re found to be partially at fault. The most common argument for the injured party’s “comparative negligence” in a slip and fall case is the argument that the hazardous condition was “open and obvious” from the perspective of the injured person. 

If You’ve Been In An Accident

If you find yourself in an unfortunate slip and fall accident, take the following steps to ensure your well-being and rightful compensation: 

  • First, seek medical attention. Even if you believe a fall is minor, medical attention is extremely important to establish the extent of an injury and what parts of your body have been injured. When it comes to slip and fall accidents, brain trauma, spinal injury, and hip fractures are common and can lead to prolonged harm if not treated immediately. 
  • Ensure that you follow your doctor’s advice and treatment recommendations.
  • Report the incident to the property manager or owner.
  • Make sure you inspect the scene of the accident to look for immediate hazards that could have been avoided. For example, if you slipped on a wet floor, was there a sign indicating that the floor was wet? 
  • If you can, take photographs or video of the area right after the accident to make sure you have evidence.
  • If there are people around who witnessed the fall, gather their contact information and their account of the incident.
  • If you can, preserve the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident.
  • Lastly, get in touch with Breaux Law Firm so we can help you navigate your claim.

Settlements And Compensation 

When it comes to claims, the amount makes a difference. Although every incident is unique and there is no standard method to insurance payouts, there are several factors that can affect slip and fall compensation, such as:

  • The extent of injuries sustained during the accident.
  • Medical bills that one has already incurred, as well as future bills.
  • The extent of suffering, both mental and physical, that someone has endured due to injury.
  • The amount of money or wages lost due to injury.
  • The inability to work due to injury.
  • The severity of the injury and whether it will have long-lasting effects.

Some victims are entitled to tens of thousands of dollars, while others have gone on to win millions of dollars in settlement. Many slip and fall accident cases are dealt with outside of court, which makes the process quicker and less expensive. 

Hiring An Attorney
With over 35 years of experience, we at Breaux Law Firm understand how to navigate the world of claims in New Orleans and Louisiana. You can rest assured that your case will be handled with the utmost respect and priority to ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to as quickly as possible. Our job is to get you the maximum payout you are due. We’re here to protect your rights. 

By hiring a trusted law firm to represent you and your case, you can put your mind at ease; this will allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries. Let us do the paperwork, deal with the insurance companies, and get you the compensation you deserve. 

Why Choose Breaux Law Firm?

If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, the attorneys at Breaux Law Firm are the best option for you, and here’s why: 

  • Having been in business for over three decades, we’re highly experienced and well versed in personal injury law, no matter how complicated the case may be. 
  • We’re a family-run business dedicated to our clients, their well-being, and their cases. We believe in holding responsible parties accountable and getting the compensation our clients deserve.
  • Our firm has a policy of open communication and responsiveness. We’re always available to discuss your case when you need to, and we can explain any detail you want to know. 
  • Our reputation as a trustworthy personal injury law firm speaks for itself. We fight for you as if we were fighting for one of our own family members. 

Being in an accident is scary enough, and dealing with the aftermath can be exhausting. Getting back on your feet should be hassle-free. If you call us and we determine, together, that you have a case, we’ll immediately begin fighting on your behalf to make the responsible parties do what is right. We do not stop fighting for you until you receive all you’re owed.

By hiring Breaux Law Firm to represent you for your personal injury claim, you can expect a clear legal explanation of your case and an honest assessment of the case’s merits. We can help you get through this difficult time and ensure you’re taken care of emotionally, physically, and financially.

Next Steps
In Louisiana, the statute of limitations applicable to personal injury claims is one year from the date of the accident, so don’t wait! If the suit is filed after the deadline, it can be dismissed. However, it’s always a good idea to seek legal advice, as there are exceptions in which the statute of limitations may be halted and the deadline for filing a claim extended. 

Although filing claims or reliving traumatic experiences can be overwhelming, moving towards the compensation you are due is the right thing for you and your family. You’re not alone in this fight. The qualified attorneys of Breaux Law Firm are just a phone call away. Let us handle your case and get you what you deserve. 

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