Lafayette Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Understanding Your Legal Rights

Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Whether it’s due to a wet floor, uneven pavement, or poorly lit areas, these types of accidents can result in serious injuries that can have a lasting impact on your life.

If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident, it’s important to seek the help of an experienced slip and fall accident attorney.

At the Ikerd Law Firm, we understand the physical and emotional toll that slip and fall accidents can take on individuals and their families.

That’s why we work tirelessly to help our clients get the compensation they deserve.

Our legal team in Lafayette has extensive experience handling slip and fall accident cases and will work with you to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome.

Common Types of Injuries Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents

Some common injuries that can result from slip and fall accidents include broken bones, head injuries, and back and neck injuries.

These types of injuries can result in costly medical bills, lost wages, and reduced quality of life. That’s why it’s essential to have an attorney on your side who can help you navigate the legal process and get the compensation you need to cover these expenses.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

There are many different factors that can contribute to a slip-and-fall accident.

Some of the most common causes include:

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  • Wet or slippery floors: This can be caused by spills, rain, snow, or ice, and is particularly common in places like grocery stores and shopping malls
  • Uneven surfaces: This can be caused by poorly maintained walkways, cracked pavement, or raised thresholds
  • Poor lighting: This can make it difficult to see hazards on the floor, such as spills or uneven surfaces
  • Obstacles: This can include items left in walkways, such as boxes or debris, or even furniture or equipment

Types of Compensation That May Be Available for Slip and Fall Claims in Lafayette

In Louisiana, you may be able to claim several types of compensation if you are injured in a slip and fall accident, including:

  • Medical expenses: You can claim reimbursement for all of the medical expenses related to your injuries, including hospital bills, doctor’s visits, physical therapy, and prescription medications.
  • Lost wages: If you are unable to work due to your injuries, you can claim compensation for the wages or salary you have lost as a result.
    Pain and suffering: You can claim compensation for the physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish that you have experienced as a result of your injuries.
  • Loss of consortium: If the injuries sustained in the accident have affected your relationship with your spouse, you may be able to claim loss of consortium.

What is Required to Prove Liability in Slip and Fall Cases in Louisiana

Proving that There Was a Legal Duty to Maintain the Property in a Safe Condition and that This Duty Was Breached

In order to prove liability in a slip and fall case in Louisiana, the plaintiff (the person bringing the lawsuit) must prove that the defendant (the person or entity being sued) had a legal duty to maintain the property in a safe condition, that this duty was breached, and that the defendant knew or should have known of the defect.

The plaintiff must also prove that the breach of this duty was the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.

Proving that the Owner of the Property Had Notice of  the Condition that Caused the Fall

In Louisiana, it is required to prove that the owner of the property had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition that caused the fall.

Actual notice means that the owner knew about the dangerous condition and failed to take action.

Constructive notice means that the dangerous condition existed for a long enough period of time that the owner should have known about it through reasonable inspection.

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident in Lafayette

How to Proceed After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, there are certain steps that you should take to protect your rights and increase your chances of getting compensation for your injuries.

These steps include:

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  • Seeking medical attention immediately after the accident
  • Taking photos of the scene of the accident and any injuries you sustained
  • Gathering contact information from any witnesses to the accident
  • Reporting the accident to the property owner or manager
  • Keeping a record of all expenses related to your injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, and other costs

Get the Representation You Deserve

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in Louisiana and the Acadiana region, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

We have a deep understanding of the laws and regulations in Louisiana and have the experience and resources to build a strong case for you.

We will work tirelessly to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how the Ikerd Law Firm can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Slip and Fall Accident Claims

What should I do if I slip and fall in a public place?

If you slip and fall in a public place, it is important to seek medical attention for any injuries you may have sustained.

It is also important to report the accident to the property owner or manager as soon as possible and to gather any evidence, such as photos of the scene and contact information for any witnesses.

How long do I have to file a slip and fall accident claim in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, the prescriptive period, or “statute of limitations,” for personal injury claims is one year. This means that you have one year from the date of the accident to file a claim.

However, it’s best to consult an attorney as soon as possible, so he/she can advise you about the specific laws and regulations in Louisiana.

Can I still file a claim if I was partly to blame for my slip and fall accident?

In Louisiana, the law of comparative negligence applies, which means that even if you were partly to blame for your accident, you can still recover damages, but the amount you are able to recover will be reduced by your degree of fault.

What kind of compensation can I expect to receive for my slip and fall accident?

The compensation you may be entitled to receive for your slip and fall accident will depend on the specific circumstances of your case.
In general, you may be able to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, future lost earnings, pain and suffering, property damage, and loss of consortium.

Do I need an attorney to file a slip and fall accident claim?

While it is not required to have an attorney file a slip and fall accident claim, it is highly recommended.

An attorney will have knowledge of the laws and regulations in Louisiana and will be able to gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary.

It’s important to note that these are general guidelines and the specific requirements and laws may vary depending on the circumstances of the case, as well as the court in which the case is being heard, so it’s always recommended to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in personal injury law in Louisiana to help you navigate through the legal process.

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