Slip and Fall
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, the personal injury attorneys and lawyers in our Lake Charles office may be able to help you receive compensation for your injuries. Whether the slip and fall occurred in a grocery store, shopping mall, or office building, our Lake Charles lawyers can work with you to determine if you have a viable lawsuit. The law in Louisiana imposes a duty on property owners to make sure their premises are free from dangerous hazards that might cause injuries. If this duty has been violated and you have suffered injuries because of an unsafe property condition, our Lake Charles slip and fall attorneys may be able to help you recover monetary damages.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, please complete the form on this page for a free case evaluation. In Louisiana, there is a time limit in which a slip and fall lawsuit may be filed, so it is important that you contact us as soon as possible.
How Our Attorneys Can Help With These Claims
Our Lake Charles personal injury attorneys will work with you to determine if you have a viable slip and fall case. In handling your claim, your slip and fall attorney may:
Gather Evidence: To prove that the owner or occupier was negligent in maintaining the property and that this negligence contributed to your injuries, your attorney may:
- Visit the scene of the accident
- Take photographs of the dangerous condition
- Review video surveillance to establish how long the unsafe condition existed
- Question witnesses
- Obtain copies of accident reports
- Review a store’s operational records and store cleaning logs
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible following a slip and fall accident, because witnesses often forget important details. Over time, key pieces of evidence may become lost or destroyed. In some cases, the attorney will take depositions of store employees to establish that the area where the accident occurred was not regularly cleaned or maintained.
Assess Injuries and Necessary Medical Treatment: Your attorney will review your medical records to evaluate the extent of your injuries. Your attorney may also work with a medical expert who may offer testimony regarding the medical treatments and rehabilitation procedures needed for you to recover.
In many slip and fall cases, injured victims suffer back injuries, which are among the most difficult injuries to diagnose and treat. The severity of a back injury may not become apparent until several months following the slip and fall accident. A medical expert will evaluate the extent of your injuries to help ensure you are fully compensated for the damages you suffered.
Negotiate a Settlement: In some cases, the slip and fail attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with the property owner or its insurance company. Cases often settle because property owners and their insurance companies seek to avoid the costs and negative media reports that can be associated with a jury trial. As part of the settlement process, your attorney may present evidence detailing the economic and non-economic damages you incurred as a result of the slip and fall accident. If the settlement negotiations do not result in an adequate settlement offer, your attorney will prepare the case for trial.