New Orleans Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slip and Fall Accident Claims in Louisiana
In Louisiana, property owners are not “strictly liable” for accidents, injuries, and deaths that occur on their premises. However, they do have a legal responsibility to maintain their properties and remove, repair, or warn of dangerous or defective conditions that could cause an accident or injury.
If you slipped, tripped, and fell on someone else’s property, you’ll need to prove that the property owner (or another party) is legally responsible for your damages. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our New Orleans slip and fall lawyers not only understand the law but also how it applies to your unique case. We can gather important evidence, communicate with the insurance company, and aggressively seek the full, fair compensation you are owed—all while you focus on getting back on your feet and moving forward with your life.
Let the Mike Slocumb Law Firm team help you with your New Orleans slip and fall case; call (504) 226-6777 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Holding a Property Owner Liable for a Slip and Fall in Louisiana
To have a slip and fall case against a property owner, there are several things you must prove under Louisiana premises liability laws:
- You were lawfully on the property (i.e., not trespassing) when the accident occurred
- There was a dangerous or defective condition on the property
- The property owner knew about/should have known about the dangerous/defective condition
- The property owner failed to take reasonable steps to remove, repair, or warn of the dangerous/defective condition
- The slip and fall accident that led to your injuries was caused by the dangerous/defective condition
- You did not cause the accident through your own negligent or wrongful conduct
Because Louisiana follows a pure comparative negligence rule when it comes to cases with multiple at-fault parties, you could still file a personal injury claim if you were partly at fault. However, you won’t be able to recover the full amount you are seeking in financial compensation for your damages. Instead, your award will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, say you were injured after slipping and falling on an unmarked wet floor in a grocery store, but the property owner claims you were texting on your phone and not paying attention to where you were walking. If the insurance adjuster agrees that this is what happened, they may decide that you were 30% at fault for the accident, and the property owner was 70% to blame. As a result, the total amount you are seeking in damages would be reduced by 30%. While this may not seem significant, it could translate to thousands of dollars, depending on the details of your case.
It is important that you work with an experienced attorney after any slip, trip, and fall accident. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we can protect your rights and fight back against the property owner and/or insurance company’s efforts to underpay or deny your claim. We are known for our aggressive approach to litigation, an approach that has helped our firm recover more than $500 million in compensation for our clients.
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The existence of a “dangerous or defective” condition is a critical element of your claim. You must prove not only that such a condition existed, but also that it was the proximate cause of your injuries.
Common examples of dangerous and defective property conditions that frequently lead to slip, trip, and fall accidents include:
- Missing “wet floor” signs and other signage
- Uneven ground or flooring
- Torn, ripped, or loose carpeting, rugs, and floor mats
- Wet, slippery, or recently waxed floors
- Cluttered walkways and aisles
- Poorly lit areas/insufficient lighting
- Unmarked, uneven, narrow, or rotting stairs and steps
- Missing or broken handrails and safety guards
- Potholes, cracks, and other tripping hazards
- Collapsed stairways or balconies
- Defective sidewalks
- Building code violations
Sometimes, dangerous and defective conditions are the result of inadequate property maintenance; in other instances, product defects make a property or an area of the property unsafe. In any case, if you were injured by a dangerous or defective condition, and you believe that the property owner failed to take reasonable and necessary steps to remove or warn you about the condition, you could have a slip and fall case.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we believe that you should not have to simply deal with the consequences of a property owner’s negligence on your own. Instead, trust our team of experienced New Orleans slip and fall lawyers to fight for you and the justice you are owed.
We know that this is a difficult time in your life, which is why we are here to provide the guidance and information you need to begin the healing process. Our team is happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. Reach out to us today to request a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. There are no legal fees for you unless/until we win your case!
Call (504) 226-6777 or contact us online to get started.