Louisiana Slip and Fall Litigation Lawyers
Slip and falls often occur due to hazardous conditions like: stairways, wet floors, spilled liquids, inadequate or missing entryway mats, and many other hidden hazards you do not notice until it is too late. Trip and falls happen when unexpected objects or conditions impede your intended direction of travel. People often trip over uneven or broken concrete on sidewalks or pathways, potholes in crosswalks, slippery outside entryways or aisles, unmarked and unexpected steps, and a host of many dangerous conditions that can cause a bad fall. Falls can happen due to potential hazards not being safely maintained, safety devices failing or when liquids are not cleaned up or signs put out to warn of hazardous conditions.
All Louisiana property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe manner. If you slip and fall or are injured while shopping at a store or while on someone else’s property, you may have a claim against the property owner or business that is responsible for keeping its patrons free from hazards. When you or a family member slip and fall, you need a Louisiana slip and fall attorney who can help you protect your rights. If you or a family member suffer a slip, trip or fall you should make sure to take the following steps.
What to do after the slip, trip or fall:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your health and well-being are paramount, but seeking medical attention quickly will help document any injuries you suffered from the fall as well.
- If you are in a retail establishment immediately report the incident to the staff so that they can document your fall and the conditions that caused the slip or trip. Similarly, immediately report any fall to your landlord if the fall occurs on premises you rent or if you are a guest on a rental premises. If the fall happened at the home of another make sure the homeowner is informed of where and how the fall occurred.
- If your post-fall condition allows, or if you have another person with you, make sure to take pictures of the exact spot and conditions where the fall occurred.
- Obtain the names and phone numbers of any witness to your fall if your condition allows.
- Call and speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Murphy Law Firm about your case.
Accidents at the Workplace
Slips, trips, and falls can happen to even the most careful individuals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. Accidents at the workplace make up 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. Wet and damp floors are not the only cause of these accidents, clutter, improper cleaning, and multi-level floors are also common factors. In fact, according to reports, 50% of facility accidents can be attributed to the type of flooring used. Regardless of the cause, these accidents leave victims are easily preventable. Accidents are common in the workplace but can happen to customers and the general public. Fortunately, safety precautions are simple and cost-effective: clean, dry walking surfaces and signs and cones of multi-levels and wet flooring. If you’ve been hurt due to a slip and fall because of someone’s negligence, call Murphy Law Firm at 225-928-8800.
Slip and Fall Statistics
- Over 540,000 slip-fall injuries, requiring hospital care, occur in North America each year.
- Slip-Falls account for over 300,000 disabling injuring per year
- One in three serious bone breaks for seniors resulting in death, within one year of the accident
- Slip-Falls account for over 20,000 fatalities per year (55 people per day)
- Second leading cause of accidental death and disability after automobile accidents
- Number one cause of accidents in the home and workplace 30% of all reported injuries
- Slip-Falls kill more workers than any other form of a workplace accident
The best way to go about a slip and fall accident claim is with help from a premises liability attorney. Our lawyers can help you identify the defendant, prove negligence, and seek damages for your losses. You might be eligible to recover for your hospital bills, lost wages from missed time at work, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Find out during a free consultation with someone at our firm. Call (225) 928-8800 to discuss your slip and fall today.