Baton Rouge Slip and Fall Litigation Lawyers
Don’t Be a Victim Twice. Let Us Fight for You.
Business owners and government entities have a duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. When they fail to do so and you slip and fall as a result, you shouldn’t be forced to suffer financially as you cope with painful injuries.
At Murphy Law Firm, LLC, our dedicated Baton Rouge slip-and-fall attorneys will fight for the compensation you need to cover medical bills, missed paychecks, and all the other expenses related to your accident. For decades, our skilled legal team has been helping injured residents of East Baton Rouge and nearby parishes, securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. Our firm is widely recognized for our determination in demanding maximum compensation from insurance companies that often push people into settling for less.
Don’t let an insurance company add insult to injury after your slip-and-fall accident. Show them you are serious about fighting for the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation now to talk with our experienced Baton Rouge slip-and-fall lawyers.
Types of Compensation in a Slip-and-Fall Claim
Premises liability cases can be complex, especially when the owner of the property and the occupier are not the same person or company (as is the case with businesses that lease their buildings, for instance). At the Murphy Law Firm, LLC, we will work quickly to identify who should be held responsible for compensating you after an accident.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may demand payment for:
- Medical expenses, both those you have already incurred and those you may have in the future
- Lost income if you had to miss work, as well as reduced earning capacity
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
It is important to take action to protect your rights as soon as possible after a slip-and-fall accident. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, and learn what types of compensation you may be entitled to.
Proving Fault in a Slip-and-Fall Claim
The approach we take to proving fault in your slip-and-fall claim will depend on the circumstances of your accident. That’s because Louisiana law has a different burden of proof against “merchants” than it does against “public bodies.”
Louisiana law defines a “merchant” as a business that sells goods, food, wares, or merchandise at a fixed location. This includes shops, restaurants, and lobby areas in buildings such as hotels. The law states that merchants can be held liable for injuries that occur on their property when:
- A condition on the property presented an unreasonable risk of harm to the person, and that risk was reasonably foreseeable.
- The merchant either created or had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition before the accident.
- The merchant failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent an injury.
Louisiana law defines a “public entity” as the state and any of its branches, departments, offices, agencies, boards, commissions, instrumentalities, officers, officials, employees, and political subdivisions. If you were injured due to a dangerous condition on public property such as on a street or sidewalk, we will need to prove:
- The public entity had control of the property (for example, it wasn’t being leased out to a private entity).
- A dangerous condition existed on the property.
- The public entity had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition.
- The public entity failed to fix the dangerous condition or warn people about it despite having reasonable opportunity to do so.
No matter whether your accident occurred on public or private property, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced Baton Rouge slip-and-fall attorney immediately. Your lawyer will want to start collecting evidence right away in order to build a strong case for who is at fault.
Schedule a free consultation with our team today to get started now.
What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall Accident
If you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall, it is wise to:
- Notify the owner or supervisor of the premises that you have been injured.
- If you have the option, file an incident report with the owner or supervisor that details both the unreasonably dangerous condition that caused the accident and the injuries you suffered as a result.
- Ask for a copy of this report. If you cannot make a report, write down what happened as soon as you can, so that you capture the details while the accident is still fresh in your mind.
- Take photos of the dangerous condition, and write down the names and contact information for anyone who saw the accident.
- Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions, including instructions for attending follow-up appointments or having medical tests, such as X-rays, performed.
- Do not wash, wipe off, or get rid of items such as shoes or clothing that may be used as evidence in your case. For example, if a slippery substance on the floor caused your fall, your shoes may contain residue of that substance.
- Consult an experienced Baton Rouge slip-and-fall lawyer.
Places of business have insurance that covers injuries suffered by patrons, so the first hurdle you may face is dealing with this insurance company for compensation. It is vital to remember that although insurance agents can seem very concerned with your health and well-being, their professional responsibility is to save the insurance company as much money as possible. To succeed at that task, they will work to minimize your injuries and paint an image of your health, well-being, and financial situation that is far more optimistic and rosy than your reality.
Do not sign anything or give any statements to an insurance company without speaking to a lawyer. Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation claim evaluation.
Let Our Slip-and-Fall Attorneys Help You
You’ve already suffered serious injuries that may be affecting your ability to work, take care of your home and family, and do the other things that once made your life meaningful and enjoyable. If an insurance company or property owner succeeds in depriving you of compensation you deserve, you’ll be victimized again.
But you don’t have to be. The compassionate Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers at the Murphy Law Firm, LLC believe that our clients deserve compensation when someone else’s negligence causes harm. And we fight for that compensation. We build aggressive cases for each of our clients, and we fight to protect your legal rights. We’ll also work with you on a contingency basis, so if we don’t recover compensation for you, you won’t pay fees to us.
Contact us today by calling 225-928-8800 or filling out our online contact form. We’re happy to schedule a free initial consultation so you can learn more about your legal rights after a slip-and-fall accident.